Christ & Culture Class, Week 7

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCOur adult Christian-Education class at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued this past Sunday, March 1 our discussion of the church’s engagement with the LGBTQ community. Last week’s discussion started this cultural topic. Read the questions and handout used in this Sunday’s discussion.

Join us this next Sunday, March 8 for a missions breakfast when we’ll hear from Redeemer-supported missionaries Bruce & Pam Sinclair, serving in Uganda where cultural issues and engagement with the LGBTQ community are pressing concerns for the church right now. A simple breakfast provided by the missions committee will begin at 9:15 am in the Fellowship Hall.

Documentary: The Drop Box

The Drop Box Coming to theaters this week, Focus on the Family presents the powerful documentary about a brave pastor in South Korea. Showing March 3-5 only, The Drop Box shows the true story of rescue and redemption for hundreds of abandoned babies and the documentary filmmaker whose life is forever changed.

See this film in the Charleston, SC, area at the Regal cinema locations of Charlestowne Square 18 in North Charleston and Azalea Square 16 in Summerville. Buy tickets here!

For this Sunday, Mar. 1

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCOur Christ and Culture class for adults during the Christian-Education hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continues this Sunday, March 1. Review our questions from last week, and join us for coffee and fellowship at 9:15 am before we dive into our discussion.

During our 10:30 am worship service, we’ll continue our Deuteronomy series, and our senior pastor will preach from Deuteronomy 13:1-4.

Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday that’s easily viewed on any tablet; we do offer paper bulletins (including a LARGE PRINT edition) on Sunday morning as well. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship this weekend. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of how to get involved in current ministry opportunities, and other details about our worship service and church life. Or read the current edition of our weekly email newsletter below:

2/26/15 – Redeemer’s Email Blast

If you’re new or visiting, welcome to Charleston and Redeemer! We hope you’ll join us, and be sure to check out our details for Sunday worship including important information about parking.

Christ & Culture Class, Week 6

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCOur adult Christian-Education class at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, began this past Sunday, February 22 our discussion of the church’s engagement with the LGBTQ community. Read the questions and handout used in Sunday’s discussion.

To help suss out our thoughts and current views on engagement, Kurt created the following “news” story:

Jericho-Area Doctor Refuses to Care for Beaten Man
February 19, 32AD  http://jerusalemlocal.com/levite-refuses-beaten-man

JERICHO–Can a doctor refuse to help a wounded man because he was in the care of a Samaritan? That situation played out near the Jerusalem highway this week.

Moisch Tevia, of suburban Samaria, brought to the doctor’s office a traveling man who had been beaten by robbers and left for dead. But after waiting with the wounded man to receive treatment, Dr. Simon refused to see them. Another doctor told Moisch that Dr. Simon decided he couldn’t treat the beaten man because Moisch is from Samaria.

Under current Jewish law, a doctor has an absolute right to refuse medical treatment on the basis of political and historical differences,” said Levite Legal Analyst Aaron Aaronheim.

The situation happened last October, but Jesus of Nazareth highlighted the story in public this week at a levitical lawyer’s symposium on the topic of “Moral Quandaries and National Honor.

I think people should know that this is happening to real people who are in need. This is really happening,” 30-year-old Moisch Tevia told the Jerusalem Local.

The 49-year-old doctor has since written Moisch and the wounded man a letter of apology, saying that after “much prayer” following the initial triage, he didn’t believe that he could develop a personal patient doctor relationship with the two of them.

I never meant to hurt either of you,” he wrote. “Please know that I believe that God requires me to stand up for my morals in my practice and I’m not one to judge, but you are a Samaritan after all. Again, I am very sorry for the hurt and angry feelings that were created by thisI hope your wounded friend is okay.”

Still, Moisch says nothing will change the humiliation he felt that day. He had spent all day taking care of the robbed and beaten man only to be turned away by Dr. Simon because of who he is–and it’s completely legal.

It was embarrassing. It was humiliating … It’s just wrong,” said Moisch. After he left Dr. Simon’s office, Moisch decided to treat the man himself. He bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’

After reading Kurt’s reinterpretation of the Good Samaritan story, we read an actual news story that happened in the Detriot area last week. With many of the same quotations, both of these stories pushed us to look at how we’re engaging with our culture, particularly the LGBTQ community, and how we perhaps should be engaging.

Join us for part two of our discussion this Sunday, March 1 during the Christian-Education hour.

Redeemer Kids Recap | Sun., Feb. 22

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, preschool, elementaryOur children at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, are working hard to learn their Catechism questions, and we want to help equip parents to reinforce these important truths at home. This upcoming Sunday, March 1 will be a Recitation Week for both classes. The preschoolers will recite answers to Catechism questions 16-22, and the elementary kids will recite answers to questions 58-72. The children will celebrate their accomplishments during the Christian-Ed. hour with a small snack. Below is a recap of what each class learned this past Sunday, February 22.

Preschool Class
The lesson this past Sunday, February 22 focused on life in the Garden of Eden before sin entered the world. Both Adam and Eve enjoyed perfect communion with the Lord, with each other, and all of creation. However, just as Adam and Eve fell into sin and became unholy and unhappy, the children learned they, too, cannot be perfectly happy because our hearts are sinful and we live in a sinful world. But we can trust in God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth one day that will be free of sin (II Peter 3:13). The preschoolers learned their last question and answer for this section:

22. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve?  He made them holy and happy.

Elementary Class
The older children learned this past Sunday, February 22 about Christ’s fulfillment of the offices of priest and king. They first discussed how the Israelites needed a priest to speak on their behalf. They also learned how an animal was sacrificed–not because the animal could pay the penalty of sin, but the sacrifice reminded the people that someone had to die to pay the penalty. Finally, the children studied that Jesus was the last priest. Christ was the priest who offered the perfect sacrifice to God when he sacrificed himself. “But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 10:12 Their last questions and answers for this section are below:

68. How many offices does Christ fulfill as the promised Messiah?  Christ fulfills three offices.
69. What are they? The offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king.
70. How is Christ your prophet?  Christ teaches me the will of God.
71. How is Christ your priest?  Christ died for my sins, and continues to pray for me.
72. How is Christ your king? Christ rules over me, the world and Satan, and he defends me.

Sermon Notes from Sun., Feb. 22

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCLast Sunday, February 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we saw that when you love, you want to give. And this past Sunday, February 22 we saw that when you love, you want to protect. What lengths would you go to to protect those that you love? In Deuteronomy 13 we see God’s taking extreme measures to protect his people.

In light of President Obama’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast, how do we deal with a passage like this that makes God seem barbaric? We must start with the knowledge that God is great, glorious, and gracious. Moses outlines three groups in Deuteronomy 13 who might attempt to take our focus away from God and turn them to idols. Idols are anything that’s not Christ. Psalm 115:3-7 addresses the emptiness and hollowness of idols.

Our God is in heaven;
    he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
    noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
    feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.

The seduction of idols and sin lead to death. What would you allow God to do to prevent that death? God’s People were spiritual babies; the Word of God was brand-new to them. So God used these actions (Deuteronomy 13:9-10) in this place to address this situation. Because God will protect His People. And God is still protectively loving his children. Listen to the whole sermon here.

Women’s Event Celebrates Marriage

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, women's ministryThe women of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, gathered last Friday night, February 20 for hors d’oeuvres and dessert to celebrate the upcoming marriage of one of our young women in our special bridal shower of blessings. We shared stories and advice, offered words of wisdom and blessing, and prayed fervently for the marriage of this young couple. With many smiles and laughs, our fun and fellowship-filled evening drew nearly 25 women from around the Charleston area.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, women's ministry Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, women's ministry Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, women's ministry Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, women's ministry Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, women's ministryOur next women’s event is our Spring Gathering on Saturday, March 21. Get details here. And here are pictures from last month’s fellowship event.

Women’s Spring Gathering, Sat., Mar. 21

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC, Palmetto Presbytery, PresWICJoin the women of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and others from around South Carolina as we shake off the winter cold with our presbytery’s annual Spring Gathering this year in sunny Charleston on Saturday, March 21 at Church Creek Presbyterian Church (2234 Plainview Rd., 29414). This refreshing day for women starts with coffee and muffins at 8:45 am followed by worship and workshop sessions designed to help teach us how to apply God’s Word to our lives. Our own Frankie Bennett and Ashley Chandler will each be teaching workshop sessions. Read more about each workshop session here, so you can indicate your preference when you register. The event will conclude with a lunch provided, so your registration information and $15 fee is needed by Sunday, March 1. Contact Frankie Bennett to register with the Redeemer women for this event.

 

For this Sunday, Feb. 22

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCOur Christ and Culture class for adults during the Christian-Education hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continues this Sunday, February 22. Review our questions from last week, and join us for coffee and fellowship at 9:15 am before we dive into our discussion.

During our 10:30 am worship service, we’ll continue our Deuteronomy series, and our senior pastor will preach from Deuteronomy 13.

Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday that’s easily viewed on any tablet; we do offer paper bulletins (including a LARGE PRINT edition) on Sunday morning as well. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship this weekend. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of how to get involved in current ministry opportunities, and other details about our worship service and church life. Or read the current edition of our weekly email newsletter below:

2/19/15 – Redeemer’s Email Blast

If you’re new or visiting, welcome to Charleston and Redeemer! We hope you’ll join us, and be sure to check out our details for Sunday worship including important information about parking.