As Moses preached to the Israelites in the desert, he used chiastic form to help them remember the most important truths. At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Deuteronomy 31 on Sunday, February 26 as he explained this important literary structure named for the Greek letter ‘X’ (chi). We see that Moses put the most important truth in the middle of his preaching: God’s glorious presence dwelling with his people, near his people in the cloud in the tent as described in verses 15 and 16. Listen to the whole sermon here.
The pews were filled at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, February 19 as we heard a message from Deuteronomy 31:1-8. We studied the three phases of Moses’ life and examined his seemingly downward trajectory of worldly success. Moses, who as a baby was rescued from death and raised in Pharaoh’s good graces, fell from glory when he committed murder in Egypt. He then became a fugitive shepherd until he was called back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites. After 40 years of wandering in the desert with the Israelites, he was denied entry to the Promised Land. Moses kept his faith in the Lord’s leading, but also made a few telling mistakes. The life of Moses is a reminder that our hearts are deceitful. We need the power of the Gospel and the example of the ultimate servant, Jesus, to direct our steps across the Jordan and into the eternal presence of God our Father. Listen to the whole sermon here.
In his sermon this past Sunday, January 22 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, Pastor Craig emphasizes that there are some truths that are so pervasive in Scripture, some truths that are so important to us and our lives as Christians, that we must never take our eyes off of them. Deuteronomy 30:1-10 exemplifies one such truth—a truth that is not only vital to our lives and our church, but also to the lives of those around us and our community. We must. We cannot. But we shall, through Christ. With this truth, we see that God, knowing that His people will sin so radically and so pervasively, establishes a way for our redemption. That redemption is only found in Christ. In Deuteronomy 30:6, specifically, God promises to do for us what we must do, but cannot do for ourselves, and in that promise we can and must dwell always. Listen to the whole sermon.
Join us this Sunday, January 29 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, when we’ll host St. John’s Reformed Episcopal Church, our neighbors just a few blocks away on Anson Street, for a big joint worship service here at Redeemer at our usual time of 10:30 am. Our choirs are planning some special music together for the service; Rev. Willie Hill will preach, and our senior pastor Craig Bailey will lead the worship.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28
Afterwards we’ll enjoy light refreshments and coffee at a small reception on the grounds as we get to know our neighbors. Join us for worship–across cultures, races, and denominations!
In Deuteronomy 30:1-10 as Moses is speaking to Israelites, he is letting them know three things about God and their future in the Promised Land. One, God knows all and is always in control. Two, God will always fulfill his promises, whether they are blessings or curses. Three, God desires his people to follow him with their whole hearts and minds.
As Pastor Craig taught us on Sunday, January 15, God knew the Israelites would wander from him and sin against their God, even to the point of building altars and idols in the temple of God! As a result of their future disobedience, Moses told the Israelites that they would be dispersed among nations. Imagine, they had not even entered the Promised Land and here Moses was communicating from God already about their being exiled!
Yet, God’s grace was also demonstrated. In this passage God, in his infinite wisdom and grace, was speaking to them words of reassurance, which would ring true in their ears after their betrayals. In this passage Moses says that when they return to the Lord, “the Lord your God will gather you and bring you back” (v4). In verse 10, Moses also says to the Israelites that “The LORD will again delight in you…if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Today it is important for us to acknowledge another aspect of God, which is that he does not change. God still desires us to turn to him with all our whole heart and soul after disobedience and sin and to obey him once again; and just like he did with the Israelites, He will always show us grace and mercy and bring us home to him. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we heard the Word preached by Rev. Philip Pinckney. He preached from II Peter 1:1-4 focusing on the promises to believers contained in those verses, as he cheered us on and encouraged us to continue running the race. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Christmas Day at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor finished our Advent sermon series in Matthew’s Gospel. While Luke gives the nativity scene, the shepherds, and the innkeeper, we see that Matthew’s account gives no sentimentality–just the sovereignty of God. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, for our fourth Sunday in Advent on Sunday, December 18, our senior pastor continued in Matthew’s Gospel. We examined how God interrupted Joseph’s narrative of his life: God gave him a vision and told him that his betrothed wife would conceive of the Holy Spirit and give birth to a son. God enlarged Joseph’s narrative, and he and Mary participated with God to change the world. Listen to the whole sermon here.