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.
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.