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.
With our senior pastor out of town for a missions conference, we heard our own Rev. Chris Bennett bring us a powerful message on Sunday, November 12 about the persecuted church worldwide and our response as Christians in Charleston, SC. In Philippians 1:12-30 God’s Word points to persecution not to shock us but to energize us. We see many examples of God’s turning evil motives of men into good ends because he’s an all-powerful, sovereign Lord. Persecution is used by God for the advancement of the gospel, and persecution emboldens Christians to share the gospel. Persecution also prepares us for our suffering!
We are called to proclaim Christ not only with our words but also with our lives. So how can we help our brothers and sisters who suffer from persecution? First, we become aware of the plight of Christians around the world, and we pray for them–letting them into our hearts. We can also give to ministries who help the persecuted church: Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors USA, International Christian Concern.
Our Lowcountry Presbytery member churches gathered to celebrate and remember the 500th anniversary of the Reformation–and to worship our glorious God and Savior Jesus Christ–with a joint worship service on Sunday, October 29 at 6 pm in Redeemer’s sanctuary at 43 Wentworth St. in downtown Charleston, SC. Rev. Howard Brown of Christ Central Church in Charlotte, NC, was our guest speaker. Listen to his message here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed Rev. Mark Hunt preach for us from Matthew 13:44-53 on Sunday, September 24 while our senior pastor was away. Rev. Hunt challenged us with this question: “How much do we value the Kingdom of God?” For how much we value the kingdom of God determines what we’re willing to give up for it. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Labor Day weekend we enjoyed hearing our friend and local pastor Rev. Shawn Maze preach at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, from Romans 1:8-17. 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.
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.
Yesterday, April 23 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our special guest speaker Mr. William Hunter delivered an urgent message of reminders from I Corinthians 15:1-8. We’re a forgetful people, so we need reminders. Though we know the content of the gospel, we forget its power and reality in our lives. Mr. Hunter reminded us of three important aspects of the gospel: the present saving power, the past historical reality, and the future glorious hope we have. He encouraged us to examine how we should best remind ourselves of the important doctrines especially justification, sanctification, and glorification. The gospel is an urgent message, and we can never have too many reminders. Listen here for the whole sermon.
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.