On October 30, 2016, at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, guest preacher Shawn Maze led us through a Gospel message nearly 500 years after the Protestant Reformation. He reminded us we are called to celebrate not only the doctrine of grace, but also Jesus, the dispenser of grace. The passage of John 8:1-11 draws our focus to Jesus, the original reformer, and his interaction with a woman accused by the scribes and Pharisees of adultery. We turned several times to Deuteronomy to examine the law of Moses and draw insight to Jesus’ approach in His conversation recorded by John. Ultimately, we see that Jesus displays perfect righteousness and grace as He stands in His glory as the author of the law and of our lives. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This Labor Day weekend September 4, 2016, Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, welcomed Rev. Philip Pickney to the pulpit. As we remembered recent lessons on The Kingdom of Heaven, Rev. Pickney led us through the great hall of faith in Hebrews 11-12 to paint a picture of The Kingdom revealed. Reminders of God’s faithfulness to broken sinners beckon us to lay aside the weights of this world in favor of a promise yet to be fulfilled. Our understanding of God and His eternal promise is limited to the confines of this earth, and even the beautiful fellowship we experience here will pale in comparison to the glory we will forever enjoy in His presence. We are, therefore, called to live as resurrection people and to place our hope in the One who makes all things new! Listen online here for the full sermon.
We welcomed guest preacher Shawn Maze to the pulpit at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC this past Sunday, July 24, 2016. He led us to crack open our Bibles VERY close to Deuteronomy to join Moses, Aaron, and Korah in Numbers 16-17.
In this story, sons of Levi and sons of Reuben rise up in rebellion against God. They have forgotten their place as privileged heirs and, in their pride, have forsaken their God-given gifts.
On Sunday, July 17th guest speaker Robin Holmes challenged Redeemer Presbyterian Church, in Charleston, SC with the question, “are we living as a great commission church?” Before Jesus’ ascension into heaven, he gathered his disciples in Galilee, where his ministry started, and kicked off their ministry with the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
There are three indicators that mark a church as a church of the commission. Through Jesus’ kingship, commands, and confidence, we as a church can and must strive to make, baptize, and teach disciples just as Jesus commanded. Listen to Robin Holmes exposition on the Great Commission here and be challenged to ask yourself, “am I a person of the Great Commission?”
This week marks the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Mother Emmanuel. Although we continue to be angry and morn over this attack, guest speaker Pastor Philip Pinckney encouraged Redeemer Presbyterian Church, in Charleston, SC, to wage war, not according to the flesh, but according to the Word.
We are human and are often reminded of it in moments of weakness and attacks. The prophet Habakkuk demonstrated how we walk according to the flesh and cry out to the Lord for help against the violence and destruction, as though he has left us powerless. II Corinthians tells us the Lord does not leave us powerless against this trauma, but provides us with weapons to defend ourselves. Listen to this encouraging message here.
In Psalm 8, David writes about God’s majesty and glory and about His way of creating and sustaining which only He is able to do. Even the work of God’s fingers–His fingers which set the moon and the stars in their places–speaks to His all encompassing power and His perfect plan. Our task as believers is to relish in the love of our great God. We are charged with serving Him as laborers on this place called Earth, yet we are held within His never-ending watch care. We are a small part of this world, yet we are of eternal significance in God’s kingdom. Listen to the whole sermon here.
In this week’s sermon, our insightful guest pastor David Wright expounds on Psalm 13:1-6, in which the Psalmist cries out to God, asking “How long, Lord…?” How long will he suffer? How often do we, as God’s beloved children, ask Him the same question? Much like the seasons come and go, there are times in everyone’s life when feeling depressed and isolated from God leads us to identify more with our unworthiness, and less with the unconditional love of the Lord’s promise. In such times, prayer is the simplest, and yet, often the most difficult step toward the restoration of our faith in the Lord. Midway through the passage, King David pleads with the Lord to look on him, give answer, and light his eyes with the Truth that only comes from God, rather than the hopelessness that Satan uses against us, to pull us into sin. Mr. Wright points us to verses 5-6, to remind us that God is, was, and always will be good to us, because God is faithful—even when we don’t notice. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This week’s sermon from II Samuel 18:9-15, 28-33 is a must-hear message in which guest pastor Shawn Maze studied the account of the death of Absalom in order to highlight our all-too-common tendency to live self-serving lives. In the process he identified the dire consequences of such an approach to life, encouraging us to ask ourselves the question, “What will all my self-serving cost me?” Ultimately, he pointed us to the good news that in Jesus Christ God has provided us not only the awareness of our selfishness and the gift of repentance, but also complete forgiveness for it and the grace and peace to live a life that is right in God’s sight. That life will not only mean peace for us but also will bring peace to others and to our community, even as was seen through the gracious response of the families of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting victims. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Be drawn into the drama of Mark 1: Lepers were defined by their disease, living alone, dwelling outside, and having no physical contact with anyone. The leper in verses 40-45 rushes over to Jesus–urgently, without timidity–into his personal space, threatening Christ with his urgent cry, “Heal me.” Jesus was willing to take this man’s pollution, his disease, his exile, and his sin. Listen to the whole sermon here.
A special thanks to Rev. David Donovan, associate pastor of our sister church in West Ashley, for filling in for our vacationing senior pastor.
What a privilege to hear the Word preached this past Sunday, April 19 about prayer at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. Guest pastor Rev. Shawn Maze, former pastor of Sanctuary, preached from Joshua 10:6-14 where we see the Lord heed the word of a man. But he cautioned us from being misled to think, If I pray like Joshua and have enough faith, then God will move heaven and earth for me.
Rev. Maze began with the posture of prayer. The early church in Acts devoted themselves to prayer, meaning prayer was a normal way of living and not simply a gesture, which is a move that deviates from the norm.
We often make a gesture of prayer instead of prayer being our posture.
He continued with the right perspective of prayer. It’s like God tells us, you need to pray, so you can see my glory. God’s perspective is so much bigger than ours: He’s orchestrating all events across nations and time to be a blessing to all people and to redeem those he chooses. We don’t need to pray that God would move heaven and earth for us because he’s already done it through Christ’s death on the cross. Listen to the whole sermon here.