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, we 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.
On Sunday, August 6 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our own elder Kurt Brewer preached from Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the talents. The previous chapter in Matthew records Jesus talking with his disciples and encouraging them to be ready and watchful and to be good and righteous. With the familiar parable, we see parallels to our lives today: God has entrusted us with resources, talents, knowledge, skills, and money, and he expects us to put them to work for the Kingdom to expand the Kingdom. Kurt explored three things regarding the gifts we’ve been given: the nature of the gifts, the nurture of the gifts, and the need for the gifts. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, July 30, Rev. Russ Bennett, our friend and guest pastor from James Island Christian Church, preached to us from Luke 4 about Jesus’ temptations. He led us through the passage looking at how Jesus was a man full of the Holy Spirit and led by the Holy Spirit, and how he was man who was hungry. We saw how Jesus is the greater Adam by overcoming these temptations that we often face as well:
- Serve yourself.
- Serve Satan.
- Dictate to and make demands of God.
Jesus finds the way to obedience, the way of escape, and the way to defeat Satan. Jesus was faithful in the flesh, and temptation has been defeated. Listen here for the whole sermon.
On Sunday, July 16 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor challenged us with a question: When does your joy begin? Zebulun’s blessing from Deuteronomy 33:18-19 is a command to rejoice. While we can always find reasons not to rejoice, we were encouraged to be a joyful people while we work because
- Work is what God has created us to do.
- Work is not a curse for sin
- God gives dignity to both the worker and the work.
Our joy comes from knowing where we come from and where we’re going. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, July 9, our senior pastor continued our Deuteronomy sermon series looking at the blessing of Joseph in Deuteronomy 33:13-17. We see the superlative love with which the son is blessed, and we see that God is amazingly pleased to love us with his superlative love. Listen to the whole sermon.
For our Disability Awareness Sunday at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on June 25, our senior pastor preached from Revelation 3:14-22. He began with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s quote from his short book titled Life Together.
Every Christian community must realize that not only do the weak need the strong, but also that the strong cannot exist without the weak. The elimination of the weak is the death of the fellowship.
Special needs and disabilities remind us of our desperation and need for the Lord. Since special needs and disabilities don’t go away or fade, they remind us of our relentless and persistent need of Jesus. Listen to the whole sermon here.
We enjoyed another guest preacher this past Sunday, June 18 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, from our sister church in Mt. Pleasant. Rev. Ross Hodges, the assistant pastor at Christ Church Presbyterian, preached from Mark 1:40-45. He described the cultural context of leprosy and the compassion of Christ. He challenged us to see that leprosy is a picture of our sin, and we come to Jesus to be cleansed. We cannot save ourselves; we need Jesus. Listen to the whole sermon here.
With our senior pastor out of town for training, we enjoyed worshiping with Rev. Shawn Maze and some of his family this past Sunday, June 11. He preached from Luke 10:25-37 on a familiar passage with familiar themes: As he put it, our hearts need reminding of what our heads may already know. What Scripture teaches–to love God and to love our neighbor–is not hard to understand; the hard part is doing and following those commands. The Good Samaritan story’s characters of a priest and Levite were a powerful example to Jesus’ audience, and it’s a powerful story for us as well. Both the priest and the Levite had “excuses” for not showing compassion. That kind of “loophole thinking” prevents the doing that God expects us to do. Shawn reminded us that every act of love comes with a sacrifice, which is the heart of the Gospel in that Jesus’ act of love was the ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Listen to the whole sermon here.