At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our friend Rev. Shawn Maze filled our pulpit this past Sunday, February 17 preaching to us from Luke 24:35 and other passages examining how Jesus was known to his disciples in the breaking of the bread. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, January 27 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we welcomed back Will Hunter to preach for us this week, encouraging us from Psalm 90. Will began by describing “home,” and we saw in Psalm 90 that Moses the writer of the psalm says that the Lord himself is our home and dwelling place. Listen here to the whole sermon.
Our sister churches in the Lowcountry Presbytery joined on Sunday, January 20 for a joint evening worship service at Redeemer with joyful music and guest preacher Dr. Derek Thomas from First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC. Dr. Thomas preached from Romans 8:31-39; listen to the whole sermon here.
For the last Sunday of 2018 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed our own elder Kurt Brewer’s preaching from Luke 16:1-13. Jesus told this parable on his way to Jerusalem where he knew he’d die, so we must view this parable in that light. Jesus compared the unbelievers in this world to the “sons of light,” warning that the unbeliever is better at taking care of temporary things in this world than believer is at taking care of eternal things.
We all love to build for our future–no matter how temporary. As believers we must look past the temporary into the eternal as we focus on three things: whom we love, our true riches, and our friends.
Last Sunday, November 25 guest speaker Rev. David Donovan from Church Creek Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, taught from Isaiah 57:15 to prepare us for Advent. He referred to this as the “John 3:16 of the Old Testament” and remarked how the New Testament is a commentary on this one verse.
In this verse, the people of Israel see their power shrinking, their numbers decreasing, and their influence waning. This is analogous to Christians’ place in today’s culture. It leads us to struggle with feeling small, weak and of little influence. But in this verse in Isaiah, God promises that the holy, exalted, eternal God who has everything He needs, is dependent on nothing, nor wrestles with weakness chooses to dwell with the contrite and lowly in spirit. He chose community with his people to revive their hearts and spirit.
The text offers three simple yet profound truths: 1. The utter transcendence of God. 2. This transcendence does not rule out his dwelling with the lowly. 3. He dwells with the lowly because he wants them to share in his transcendence.
God helps us see our smallness, so we can see how amazing it is that He comes and dwells with us that we might dwell with him for all eternity. He came not in strength as a king but revealed his power and splendor by coming in weakness and dependence as a baby. Listen to the entire sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on September 9, our guest pastor Rev. Michael Walters preached to us from Isaiah 55:6-9. He encouraged us from this passage to do four things to seek God:
- Call on the Lord – As this passage shows, in our critical need we call out or cry out to the Lord in this broken world, knowing that brokenness is also within us.
- Repent of your sins – Without the assurance of forgiveness, no one would repent. How wonderful that we have assurance of forgiveness! So the way we run from sin is to cling to God.
- Believe in His promises – We believe in God’s compassion and the abundance of God’s pardon.
- Look at the stars – The stars are a visual illustration of infinity; they’re so vastly beyond our experience here on earth.
The great and grand focus of the gospel is not our sin–and it’s not even the atonement for our sin. The focus is God Himself. Jesus’ atonement on the cross brings us to God Himself. Listen to the whole sermon here.
For this Labor Day weekend, we had the privilege to hear Rev. Michael Walters preach from Revelation 5 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. He focused on the beautiful yet opposite perfections that combine in Jesus: his infinite highness and infinite condescension, his infinite justice and infinite grace, his infinite glory and lowest humility, and more. Then he examined Jesus as the Lion and the Lamb on the cross, where we see the greatest display of Jesus’ humility and glory and ultimately his victory over his enemies. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, August 26 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed hearing Rev. Ross Hodges from our sister church in Mt. Pleasant preach from Matthew 7:7-11. He focused on prayer and praying, encouraging us (as Jesus did in the Sermon on the Mount) that
- God wants us to come to him in prayer.
- He wants us to ask knowing we’ll be heard in our prayers.
- He wants us to come to him because he’s a good Father.
How are we to live this way? Jesus’ answer was: pray. Jesus wants us to be actively, intentionally, and dependent on God. God our Father has already given us the best gift in Jesus, so why would He not continue giving good gifts? God’s not giving us stones in our bread basket; he’s a loving Father and gives good gifts. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, July 22 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our own Rev. Mark Hunt preached from Romans 8:22-28, while our senior pastor was away. He encouraged us to remember that God meets us in our weakness to give us hope. Godly hope is not a wish; it’s a longing made and fulfilled by our good God. Listen here to the whole sermon.
On Sunday, July 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, Mr. David Wright brought the Word of God to us from Acts 4:23-31 while our senior pastor was on vacation. He encouraged us to pray for boldness in sharing the gospel without fear because God is in control. He also encouraged us to strengthen our prayer efforts in corporate, community, and collegial prayer. Listen here to the whole sermon.