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.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued our Deuteronomy sermon series on Sunday, June 4 looking at the blessings in chapter 33, focusing on Levi’s blessing. With phrases like “favored ones of God,” it’s hard to believe that this was the blessing of Levi who received such a harsh blessing from Jacob in Genesis 49:5. Though we can’t always see what could be, God alone redeems, and Levi is a picture of God’s redemption. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Last Sunday, May 28 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued in our Deuteronomy sermon series in chapter 33 covering two blessings for the tribes of Gad and Dan. These two blessings are the final two battle blessings, so we examined why it was unusual that Gad would fight. The tribe of Gad showed remarkable commitment for those who already have everything they need. Gad had already chosen the best land, and they were already settled in it. Yet the tribe of Gad chose to fight with their brothers and sisters in the other tribes. Our senior pastor encouraged us to see the United States as Gad: We should say to our brothers and sisters around the world, “Your battle is our battle.” We fight alongside our brothers and sisters around the world for the world. Listen to the whole sermon here.