This past Sunday, October 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor cautioned us to build upon a firm foundation, as we looked at Deuteronomy 34:1-4. We see that God shows Moses the Promised Land, and then God speaks to Moses. God’s showing is what we call general revelation, and God’s saying is specific revelation. We often have spiritual experiences with what God shows–sunsets, beautiful landscapes, microscopic detail of our bodies–yet it’s not enough. We must also ask, “What has the God of the universe said to me? about how I live my life?” We come to worship the God who has spoken to us, and he doesn’t need to say anything “new.” Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 8 our senior pastor moved into Deuteronomy 34 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. After reading the poem The Blind Man And The Elephant, our senior pastor encouraged us to take a view of the whole. Though our backgrounds and perspectives shape our views, these broken fragments all around us are restored to wholeness through Christ. At the end of Deuteronomy, Moses climbed Mt. Nebo to die, and the Lord showed him the whole Promised Land–not the land divided into twelve tribes, but a view for the whole, the entirety of what God promised to his people. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor challenged us on Sunday, October 1 to be people who live in the moment, as we looked again at Deuteronomy 33:24-25. Though we cannot determine how many our days will be, we can define how we live each day. He exhorted us to define every day the Lord gives us by depending on his strength. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed Rev. Mark Hunt preach for us from Matthew 13:44-53 on Sunday, September 24 while our senior pastor was away. Rev. Hunt challenged us with this question: “How much do we value the Kingdom of God?” For how much we value the kingdom of God determines what we’re willing to give up for it. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued in our Deuteronomy sermon series with our senior pastor preaching from Deuteronomy 33:24-25 on Sunday, September 17. Bad news or scary events–like Hurricane Irma, a recent ISIS bomb in Europe, and the Equifax data breach due to hackers–can fill us with fear and make us insecure. Yet God has called us to go out into the world without fear, and God always combats that which he does not want for his people. He doesn’t want fear for us in our lives, and we see in this blessing to Asher that whether the translation says “bolts of iron” or “shoes of iron” we receive the Lord’s protection. We can be confident that in God and with God we are safe, and we can move out confidently with the authority to trample snakes and scorpions. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, September 10 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, many of us braved the coming storm to join with a few other congregations whose buildings were closed due to the storm. Our senior pastor led us through Matthew 24:30-31, 36-51 asking us, “What impact is the certain knowledge of the imminent return of Christ having on me and my behavior?”
As believers we find hope in the return of the Lord, and we’re commanded to cheer and comfort one another with this knowledge. The imminent coming of Christ should make us people of hope, who are prepared and faithful. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Labor Day weekend we enjoyed hearing our friend and local pastor Rev. Shawn Maze preach at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, from Romans 1:8-17. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued our Deuteronomy sermon series this past Sunday, August 27 in Asher’s blessing focusing on Deuteronomy 33:24-45. The image of bathing feet in oil is a picture of abundance, and we’re reminded that our God is a god of abundance. We don’t have to live, serve, and pray meagerly as Christians. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our senior pastor continued in Deuteronomy 33 this past Sunday, August 20 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, focusing on Asher’s blessing as part of our Deuteronomy sermon series. Because Asher has the favor of his brothers, he has a unique opportunity to point people to the Lord. So we, when we’re liked and favored, have an opportunity to point others to the Lord. Jesus seeks healthy restored relationships for us, and he’s placed “people of peace” in our lives. These people of peace are those who are open to us, know we’re Christians, and like us anyway. We cannot squander the favor we have with others; we need to stay where people are open to us and tell them the gospel. Listen to the whole sermon.
Our senior pastor was back this Sunday, August 13 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, preaching in our Deuteronomy sermon series. He focused on Deuteronomy 33:23.
O Naphtali, sated with favor, and full of the blessing of the Lord…
Naphtali’s blessing is a statement of their condition and position: They’re abounding, sated, and satisfied with the favor, welcome, and goodwill of the Lord. Everything in life must center on Jesus if we want to have satisfaction. And why is satisfaction found only in Jesus? Because God is fully satisfied with Jesus: God’s wrath is satisfied in Jesus’ death. Listen to the whole sermon here.