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Mission to the World is challenging every PCA church to commit to praying that God would raise up 1 percent of their members to become new missionaries serving internationally within the next decade. It’s a big vision, but we believe that Christ has called us to build for His kingdom with boldness, and we believe that we serve a powerful God who answers prayer, even prayers as audacious as this.
At last count, there were 287,746 members in the PCA. If every church sent just one out of every hundred of their members, that would mean nearly 2900 new missionaries sent out to preach the good news of the gospel to a world that needs to hear it. How many new churches could be planted by those new missionaries? How many new pastors could be trained? How many people transformed by the love and hope of Christ?
One percent of Redeemer would be three people, and it is joyful yet bittersweet news that the Lord has raised up three families to go abroad: the Hunts, Bouchillons, and Carsten. As a family on mission together we are thrilled to send them out to influence the world with the gospel, yet sad to know we won’t have them worshiping with us here in Charleston.
We want to send off these families well, along with Jim and Margaret Belton who have been home for a one-month furlough and will be leaving for the Philippines. As each family only has one or two Sundays left with us, the Missions Committee would like to invite you to come say goodbye to these family members at a drop-in reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service this Sunday, June 24. Light snacks will be provided. Come take advantage of the opportunity to give a hug and word of encouragement as we send off these four families!
This past Sunday, June 17 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor focused on the second Beatitude. The mourning that Jesus talks about in verse 4 is a grief that’s so great it cannot be hidden, mourning over our loss of relationship to God and our sin. We must be unhappy about our sin and mourn over it to be made happy through Christ. This “mourning” is specific, and the “comfort” in the verse is specific as well. Comfort is found no where else aside from our Savior Jesus Christ. The first question of the Heidelberg Catechism addresses this type of comfort:
What is your only comfort in life and death?
That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
Join us this Sunday, June 17 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, for our Christian-education classes for kids, youth, and adults beginning at 9:15 am. We’re continuing in The Gospel Project with the lesson titled When the Deliverer Needs Deliverance (Samson) | Judges 13-16.
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On Sunday, June 10 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued in our Matthew sermon series with the Beatitudes. He asked, “What does it mean to be poor in spirit?” and “What does it not mean to be poor in spirit?”
Poverty of spirit is the attitude we have when we come face to face with God: utterly needy. Jesus lived on earth totally dependent on the Father; Jesus was poor in spirit. Listen to the whole sermon here.