At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed a guest preacher this past Sunday, May 13. Dr. Douglas Kelly is the Professor of Theology Emeritus at Reformed Theological Seminary. He preached from Psalm 9, reminding us that praise is a major part of the Christian life. If we don’t feel like praising, then we should start with confessing that it’s hard to praise. We should praise God with our whole heart, which means with our full attention. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, April 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our own Rev. Mark Hunt preached to us from John 20:10-31. He challenged us with asking: How does Jesus’ resurrection impact us? Then we looked at three characters from this passage, examining how the resurrection impacted their lives:
- Mary Magdalene’s Story – The resurrection made ordinary into extraordinary.
- Disciples’ Encounter – The resurrection turned fear into peace.
- Picture of Thomas – The resurrection turned doubt into trust.
He finished by looking at the Apostle John’s purpose in writing his book: In John 20:31 he says these stories are written so that you can believe. So what does the resurrection mean for you? 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.
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.