In our fifth sermon from our new Matthew series, our senior pastor on Sunday, January 14 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, reminded us of the many interruptions that Matthew records in these early chapters: the grace-laden genealogy that would have shocked its readers, Joseph’s nice and normal life interrupted by Mary’s pregnancy, and the wise men’s dropping everything to follow the star. Then we come to the next interruption that Matthew lays out for us; directly following the wise men’s worship of Jesus, there’s a warning not to return and report to Herod. Matthew reminds us of the reality of the battle that rages in this world. Matthew interrupts the pleasantries for the reality of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Join us this year at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, as we continue in our Matthew sermon series. We just started back in December, so we’re still exploring chapter 2. You can listen to our previous sermons free of charge!
On Sunday, December 24 our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued preaching in our Matthew sermon series with verses 18-25 of chapter 1 highlighting how Jesus’ earthly father Joseph was unexpectedly interrupted when his betrothed Mary became pregnant. Our senior pastor encouraged us to embrace interruptions and view them in a different way because we believe in a Sovereign God. In our minds we plan our ways, but the Lord directs our steps. Interruptions don’t necessarily mean we’re in “the wrong place at the wrong time.” Interruptions are God-designed opportunities for the gospel, and we need to be willing to set aside our plans for God’s opportunity.
Joseph embraced the interruption of Mary’s pregnancy and Jesus’ birth, and Matthew the writer of this gospel book juxtaposes Joseph’s faithful choice to trust a Sovereign God with King Ahaz’s faithless choice from the Isaiah passage he quotes in verse 23. Listen to the whole sermon here.
For our third Sunday in Advent at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued our new Matthew sermon series with Matthew 1:1-17. Our senior pastor on Sunday, December 17 reminded us that the Gospel of Matthew, like all books in the Bible, are inspired by the Holy Spirit. We see the joy of Matthew as he writes about Jesus who came to call sinners–a group Matthew identified with since he was a tax collector. Because Matthew’s audience was religious folks, he included a genealogy in those first 17 verses to prove Jesus’ pedigree to those who would put lots of stock in which family he was from. Yet he includes plenty of sinners and people with questionable morals in this genealogy highlighting God’s grace and shocking many religious folks. And Matthew writes his story because this story of grace must be told. Listen to the whole sermon here.
For the second Sunday of Advent on December 10, our senior pastor started a new sermon series in the Gospel of Matthew at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. While Deuteronomy (our previous series) is about preparation, Matthew is summed up with one word: fulfillment. What does a full Kingdom look like here on earth? How is Christ fulfilling everything in our lives? Listen to the whole sermon here.