This week’s sermon from II Samuel 18:9-15, 28-33 is a must-hear message in which guest pastor Shawn Maze studied the account of the death of Absalom in order to highlight our all-too-common tendency to live self-serving lives. In the process he identified the dire consequences of such an approach to life, encouraging us to ask ourselves the question, “What will all my self-serving cost me?” Ultimately, he pointed us to the good news that in Jesus Christ God has provided us not only the awareness of our selfishness and the gift of repentance, but also complete forgiveness for it and the grace and peace to live a life that is right in God’s sight. That life will not only mean peace for us but also will bring peace to others and to our community, even as was seen through the gracious response of the families of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting victims. Listen to the whole sermon here.
In the Bible, God has frequently reminded us that prayer is a primary vehicle in dealing with the issues of life. This truth is especially important in times such as ours in which our country seems to be deluged in a tidal wave of social ills. As we face racism, personal poverty, spiraling national debt, increasing immorality, and a climate of lawlessness, just to name a few, we may be tempted to feel hopeless to solve the problems; or worse yet, we may think the solution lies in human wisdom. It is in times such as these of social crisis that historically God has worked wonders when Christians have gathered to pray, relying on the sovereign grace and power of God to change hearts and consequently society.
On Saturday, June 13 we have been called to come together with others at the North Charleston Coliseum for united prayer, seeking our Lord Jesus Christ for a spiritual awakening that will turn people to Christ and thus to the One who is able to unite people and bring change both to individual lives and to society as a whole. Our nation has experienced several great awakenings in its history when God intervened and brought societal change that glorifies God. In each case, these movements of God followed the gathering of Christians in united prayer, acknowledging that God alone can bring about a return to righteousness.
This event is free of charge. However, seating is limited, so it is important that those who wish to participate register here. Several Redeemer folks are planning to attend, and we hope you will join us in crying out to the Lord. Prayer is far more effective than silently complaining about our nation’s situation.