On Sunday, March 4 we looked at Matthew 3:13-17 again as part of our Matthew sermon series at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. We examined the baptism of Jesus: Communication was unhindered in that moment because the heavens opened up and God spoke to man, and Jesus’ baptism was an act of connection with us and affirmation of the Trinity. God was conveying through the baptism that he has eternally loved and eternally been pleased with Jesus. We are united with Christ in baptism and in his resurrection. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, February 25 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued in our Matthew sermon series focusing on Matthew 3:13-17. We explored the presentation of Jesus particularly his baptism by John the Baptist, looking at why God would present Jesus in the wilderness by the Jordan River. John the Baptist had objections to baptizing Jesus, but he couldn’t stop God’s plan for presenting his Son. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we dove into Matthew 3 on Sunday, February 18 as part of our Matthew sermon series. Our senior pastor reminded us that our hearts are restless until we find rest in Jesus because true satisfaction is found only in him. Our message to the unbeliever must be timely, address our great need, be direct, and always be Christ-centered. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued our Matthew sermon series this past Sunday, February 11 as we looked at Matthew 2:19-23 again. Last week’s sermon focused on having a transcendent view above and beyond our world where Jesus is the only answer, a transcendent view of our place where we “unpack our bags” because God has put us where he wants us, and a transcendent view of our path where God will guide us. On Sunday Pastor Craig Bailey moved to a fourth transcendent perspective: God has a transcendent view of people, and he longs for us to share this view. God communicated through the covenant with Abraham that his people would be a blessing to all families on earth. Listen to the whole sermon here.
We continued our Matthew sermon series this past Sunday, February 4 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, focusing on Matthew 2:19-23. Our senior pastor encouraged us to see God’s sovereignty at work in the Gospel of Matthew. If we don’t have a transcendent perspective on where our hope lies, then we will not have hope or the heart to find our place in God’s grand plan. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On our missions emphasis weekend at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed guest pastor Rev. Satoshi Kawachi’s reminding us of true, real salvation: how we can receive it, be assured of true salvation, and rejoice in our true salvation. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, January 21 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued our Matthew sermon series as we looked at Matthew 2:16-18. He encouraged us to find our security in Christ alone. We must find our “yes” in Jesus, though Satan does not want us to become secure in Jesus and live our lives from our fixed position in Christ. Satan knows that when we have a glimpse of Jesus’ glory, we will love Jesus–how can we do any other? Though Herod the Great in our Matthew passage had an impressive resume, he wasn’t secure and his desperate and terrible actions show it. Listen to the whole sermon here.
In our fifth sermon from our new Matthew series, our senior pastor on Sunday, January 14 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, reminded us of the many interruptions that Matthew records in these early chapters: the grace-laden genealogy that would have shocked its readers, Joseph’s nice and normal life interrupted by Mary’s pregnancy, and the wise men’s dropping everything to follow the star. Then we come to the next interruption that Matthew lays out for us; directly following the wise men’s worship of Jesus, there’s a warning not to return and report to Herod. Matthew reminds us of the reality of the battle that rages in this world. Matthew interrupts the pleasantries for the reality of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Join us this year at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, as we continue in our Matthew sermon series. We just started back in December, so we’re still exploring chapter 2. You can listen to our previous sermons free of charge!
On Sunday, December 24 our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued preaching in our Matthew sermon series with verses 18-25 of chapter 1 highlighting how Jesus’ earthly father Joseph was unexpectedly interrupted when his betrothed Mary became pregnant. Our senior pastor encouraged us to embrace interruptions and view them in a different way because we believe in a Sovereign God. In our minds we plan our ways, but the Lord directs our steps. Interruptions don’t necessarily mean we’re in “the wrong place at the wrong time.” Interruptions are God-designed opportunities for the gospel, and we need to be willing to set aside our plans for God’s opportunity.
Joseph embraced the interruption of Mary’s pregnancy and Jesus’ birth, and Matthew the writer of this gospel book juxtaposes Joseph’s faithful choice to trust a Sovereign God with King Ahaz’s faithless choice from the Isaiah passage he quotes in verse 23. Listen to the whole sermon here.