Are you searching for the audio recording of the sermon from June 7? Unfortunately we had some technical difficulties this past Sunday, and we do not have an audio recording available of our senior pastor‘s sermon from the Deuteronomy sermon series. But we can offer you the verbal transcript of the sermon from Deuteronomy 16:16-17:9.
On Sunday, May 31 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we were challenged in the sermon from the current Deuteronomy series to ponder: “How available are you to God?”
As we read through Deuteronomy 16‘s description of the feasts and celebrations the Lord commanded the people to observe, we saw the repeated phrase and theme of “the place the Lord will choose.” The people of God were told over and over–for they were prone to forget and rebel–that they were to sacrifice according to the Lord’s instructions. As we battle to submit our ways to God (just as the nation of Israel), we see that the more rebellious we are, the less available we are to God. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, May 24, we were primed for a celebration and day off with Memorial Day weekend as we came to Deuteronomy 16:1-17 this week. Described in this passage, these holy days, or “holidays,” set the rhythm for Israel, since God told his people through Moses to celebrate Passover, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacle. While some versions of Scripture say “celebrate,” others say “observe.”
Is God someone who wants to be merely observed or celebrated?
And, here’s another consideration: What kind of celebration will God accept? As we looked through Habakkuk, Hebrews, and Psalms, we saw several elements of celebration including silence–awe-struck, jaw-dropped astonishment at God–and joy–dancing and clapping because Jesus is the source of our joy.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we started off the month of May by returning to Deuteronomy during our worship service on Sunday mornings. Read the excerpt below from our senior pastor from his entreaty last week that beckoned us back to Deuteronomy.
In this book, God tells His people how they are to live in the Promised Land (the land in which He is about to place them), how they can thrive and prosper there, how they can do more than merely exist and get by, and how they can be a blessing to others around them. All these things are what we as God’s people should seek to do in our lives. We do not seek lives of meagerness, but lives of abundance. With all our hearts we should seek to be a blessing to the land in which God has placed us and our church.
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This Sunday morning, May 3 we return to our study of the book of Deuteronomy. For the Easter season we left Deuteronomy to join Jesus as He resolutely set out on the road to Jerusalem, to the cross, and to death. That journey reoriented me, reminding me from Scripture of the bravery, determination, courage, and heroism of Jesus. Both verbal and visual depictions of a tender Jesus with flowing robes, cascading hair, gentle eyes, and delicate arms encircling a little lamb can cause all of us to think of Jesus as weak and passive. He is loving, gentle, and compassionate in His dealings with sinners like you and me. But He isn’t just those things. We were reminded on the journey to Jerusalem that our Savior was a real man, a true hero. Strong. Tough. Of course He was. He had to be. Who but the bravest could die for the sins of the world?
Our Easter celebration reminded us once again of the tremendous power of God: resurrection power, power over sin and death and hell. As the hymn majestically communicates to us, Up from the grave He arose with a mighty triumph o’er His foes… The resurrection is everything. “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith…For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either…But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.” I Corinthians 15:15ff. The resurrection is everything. It is for every place in our world. As far as the curse of sin is found in our world–which is everywhere, that is a place for the Gospel to be proclaimed with resurrection power. To every kind of person in this world broken by sin–which is every person, that is the person to whom we should proclaim the Gospel with resurrection power.
With these truths in mind, I am eager to return to the book of Deuteronomy. In this book, God tells His people how they are to live in the Promised Land (the land in which He is about to place them), how they can thrive and prosper there, how they can do more than merely exist and get by, and how they can be a blessing to others around them. All these things are what we as God’s people should seek to do in our lives. We do not seek lives of meagerness, but lives of abundance. With all our hearts we should seek to be a blessing to the land in which God has placed us and our church.
So, with resurrection power at work in us, we return to Deuteronomy. I look forward to seeing what kind of people God has called us to be and what God has called us to do, and then resolutely setting our faces to be those kinds of people and do those kinds of things.
What a privilege to hear the Word preached this past Sunday, April 19 about prayer at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Guest pastor Rev. Shawn Maze, former pastor of Sanctuary, preached from Joshua 10:6-14 where we see the Lord heed the word of a man. But he cautioned us from being misled to think, If I pray like Joshua and have enough faith, then God will move heaven and earth for me.
Rev. Maze began with the posture of prayer. The early church in Acts devoted themselves to prayer, meaning prayer was a normal way of living and not simply a gesture, which is a move that deviates from the norm.
We often make a gesture of prayer instead of prayer being our posture.
He continued with the right perspective of prayer. It’s like God tells us, you need to pray, so you can see my glory. God’s perspective is so much bigger than ours: He’s orchestrating all events across nations and time to be a blessing to all people and to redeem those he chooses. We don’t need to pray that God would move heaven and earth for us because he’s already done it through Christ’s death on the cross. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Do we just have a “Facebook friendship” with Jesus? As our senior pastor led us on Sunday through Philippians 3:7-11, we see the Paul writing, “I want to know Christ.” What does Paul–apostle, missionary, prolific writer of the New Testament, and pillar of the faith–mean that he wants to know Christ?
Paul wants to become an expert on Christ. Our conversion is but an introduction to Jesus. We should long for more, hunger for more, and not be satisfied until we know more and more. This past Sunday, April 12 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we briefly looked at a few of Jesus’ attributes, names, and character traits as we began our exploration:
Advocate: Our defender who speaks for us, whose wounds are continual evidence that we’ve been saved
All in All: Christ is all
Anchor: An anchor for our souls, keeping us from drifting away, bringing us back and holding us in place
Balm of Gilead: As the precious oil from the Balsam tree had healing powers, only Christ can heal us of sin, soothing our sores, and healing our scars.
Bridegroom: Jesus does not pass over us; he changes us and cleanses us for the coming wedding day.
The Same: He will remain; his years never end.
Lion of Judah: Bravery, power, royalty
Lamb: He willingly became the Lamb, our Passover Lamb.
There’s so much exploring left to do, yet we’ve seen enough to understand how the Apostle Paul could write, “I want to know Christ.” Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, March 22, we continued to share the experiences with Jesus as he goes to the cross, during our Sunday worship service. These last moments and miles will be freshest on the minds of his followers, and we need to understand him better and become better followers. So let’s hit the road with Jesus.
From Matthew 20:17-28, we see Jesus predict his death for the third time which Matthew follows with the request of James and John’s mother. Jesus is focused on the cross, and she and her sons are focused on the crown. These “sons of thunder” have a fiery zeal that’s harnessed under Jesus’ teaching, and their fiery faith–that Jesus will be king despite no outward indications of power to overthrow Rome–is a good thing, though their faith is out of focus. And we see that Jesus is exceedingly patient with them. Often we want the crown but not the cross. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our mini Easter sermon series began this past Sunday, March 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Our senior pastor drew our attention to Luke 9:51-56, a careful account by a physician, the only Gospel to capture the moment of a resolute Jesus who set his face, determined to go to Jerusalem to die. What did that look look like on the face of Jesus?
With his entire lifetime lived in the shadow of the cross, every step of Jesus is a hero’s step. He will not be prevented from giving his life for people like us. Listen to the whole sermon here.
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