At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our adult Christian-Education class continued its new study this past Sunday, January 18, titled Christ and Culture. We continued looking at the preeminence of Christ in all things, and our teacher encouraged us to meditate this week on Colossians 1:15-20 because of the awesome claims it makes about Christ:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
Join us this upcoming Sunday, January 25 at 9:15 am as we continue our look at Christ and Culture! And you can help shape our cultural discussions by completing this form to offer feedback.
During our Christian-Education hour at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our little ones continued in their Catechism lessons this past Sunday, January 18. Parents can use the following information to help reinforce Sunday’s teaching and encourage memorization of the Catechism questions and answers.
The 1st-4th graders discussed the truth that we can’t change our hearts–only the Lord can. One of the Bible stories used to explain this truth was the story of Saul’s conversion. The Lord spoke to Saul even when he wasn’t looking for the Lord. His heart had been hard, but God changed it. And when He did, Saul’s life changed (and his name, too). Paul then had a heart for the Lord and wanted others to know about God, too.
This past Sunday the kids focused on Ephesians 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions. It is by grace you have been saved.” And they learned LOTS of Catechism questions!
41. What is this change of heart called? The new birth, or regeneration.
42. Who can change a sinner’s heart? The Holy Spirit alone.
43. Can anyone be saved through the covenant of life? No. No one can be saved through the covenant of life.
44. Why can’t anyone be saved through the covenant of life? Because all have broken it and are condemned by it.
45. How did you break the covenant of life? Adam represented all people, and so I fell with Adam in his first sin.
46. How, then, can you be saved? By the Lord Jesus Christ through the covenant of grace.
47. Whom did Christ represent in the covenant of grace? His elect people.
48. How did Christ fulfill the covenant of grace? Christ obeyed the whole law for his people, and then suffered the punishment due for their sins.
Last week the preschoolers learned that they can learn to love and obey God from the Bible alone. So, it was natural this week that they discussed who wrote the Bible. They learned that the Bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, focusing on II Tim 3:16a “All Scripture is God-breathed.” They also learned this truth: Because we know that God is trustworthy and cannot tell a lie, we can trust that His word is true. Catechism question for the preschool class this week:
15. Who wrote the Bible? Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued our sermon series in Deuteronomy this past Sunday, January 18, rejoining Moses and God’s people as they’re camped on the plains of Moab about to enter the Promised Land. Last week we examined how God used repetition, imagery, and pattern with his people to remind them to obey his Word.
This week in Deuteronomy 11:8-32 we looked at the blessings that accompany our obedience: First, obedience to God’s Word makes God’s people strong. Obedience is like spiritual “spinach,” transforming our puny spiritual muscles into strength, like canned spinach did for Popeye. Obedience enables us to experience success. We obey, and God strengthens us. We obey, and we watch our lives become less complicated, clearer.
The second benefit of obedience is long life in the land. God’s gift of the Promised Land is so different from what his people knew as slaves in the dry, arid climate of Egypt or as nomads in the barren wilderness of the desert. Obedience brings abundance, but the length of days and quality of life plummets when God’s people live in disobedience, as described in Joel 1.
Listen to the whole sermon here, as we ponder these verses from Deuteronomy 11:26-28, the theme verses from this book:
See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.
Join us Sunday, January 18 at 9:15 am for our continuing Christian-Ed. series for adults, titled Christ and Culture. Our preschool and elementary children will resume their Catechism learning, so bring your little ones to the Children’s Room at 9:15 am.
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:
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our adult Christian-Education class started a new study this past Sunday, January 11, titled Christ and Culture. We began our study looking at the preeminence of Christ in all things, detailed in Colossians 1:9-20. Here are the questions we examined and the breakdown of verses 13-20.
Join us this Sunday, January 18 at 9:15 am as we continue our look at Christ and Culture! And you can help shape our cultural discussions by completing this form to offer feedback.
This past Sunday the kids learned about Abraham’s life specifically when God told Abraham to move but yet Abraham didn’t know where he was going or when he would get there. Abraham had to listen to God speaking to him, trust God’s promises, and obey. The kids learned that God still tells us how to live today through His holy Word. Abraham is just one of the examples of how God keeps his promises, and we can trust God’s Word. By reading the Bible, we can learn who God is and how we can love him. which brought them to the question 14 in the Catechism.
14. Where do you learn how to love and obey God? In the Bible alone.
The 1st-4th graders discussed this past Sunday more in depth about original sin, including how every person since Adam has been born a sinner in need of a savior. They also discussed how this sin nature affects every part of our being. To help the kids see this visually, they used a glass of water and added a few drops of food coloring. The food coloring slowly takes over the whole glass and changes all of the water. Thankfully, God has given believers the Holy Spirit to change our hearts so that we are sorry for our sins and want to love and obey God.
- What was the sin of our first parents? Eating the forbidden fruit.
- Who tempted Adam and Eve to this sin? Satan tempted Eve first, and then he used her to tempt Adam.
- How did Adam and Eve change when they sinned? Instead of being holy and happy, they became sinful and miserable.
- Did Adam act for himself alone in the covenant of life? No. He represented the whole human race.
- What effect did the sin of Adam have on you and all people? We are all born guilty and sinful.
- How sinful are you by nature? I am corrupt in every part of my being.
- What is the sinful nature that we inherit from Adam called? Original sin.
- Can anyone go to heaven with this sinful nature? No. Our hearts must be changed before we can believe in Jesus and go to heaven.
Some 16 months and 44 sermons later, we returned this past Sunday, January 11 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, to our Deuteronomy series again. Read the latest message from our senior pastor regarding the Deuteronomy series.
We rejoined God’s people camped on the plains of Moab in Deuteronomy 11, overlooking the Jordan River into the Promised Land. Our senior pastor emphasized the big changes coming to them: For generations all they’ve known is slavery in Egypt and nomadic wandering in the desert, but in the Promised Land life will be much different from God’s visibly leading their every move and providing their daily bread. They’ll be spread out into different villages and cities, growing their own food, and tending their vineyards.
So God gives Moses a sermon for the people to remind them of God’s character. Just like God’s people, if we’re going to manage change well in our lives, then we must know the character of God. We must know that God is for us; he doesn’t seek to trick us. God wants us to understand how important obedience is, so he uses repetition, imagery, and patterns in his Word to help us remember his law. Listen to the whole sermon here, especially as we think about what changes need to be made in order to live lives of better obedience.
Join us Sunday, January 11 at 9:15 am for our new Christian-Ed. series for adults, titled Christ and Culture. Our preschool and elementary children will resume their Catechism learning, so bring your little ones to the Children’s Room at 9:15 am.
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.