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.
During the Christian-Education hour on Sunday, March 8 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, Bruce & Pam Sinclair, Redeemer-supported missionaries serving in Uganda, shared stories of God’s faithfulness through their ministry in the capital city of Kampala.
Then during our worship service, we heard the Word preached by Rev. Bruce Sinclair from Daniel 3, the familiar story of the fiery furnace. From this passage, Rev. Sinclair preached through five truths about God:
- God is all-powerful.
- God is all-wise.
- God is all-sufficient.
- God is always the same.
- God is with you.
Be encouraged as you face the fiery furnace in your life, and listen to the whole sermon here.
We also had the privilege of baptizing one of our newest covenant children during our worship service. What a privilege to see the means of grace displayed to our littlest ones.