Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, resumed our Matthew sermon series on Sunday, September 23 picking up in Matthew 5:1-8. Check out part 1 and part 2 that also focused on verse 8. He compared the palpable political and cultural divisions in our country to the detrimental divisions in our heart, encouraging us to have undivided hearts, united hearts, pure hearts. Listen to the whole sermon (part 3) here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on September 9, our guest pastor Rev. Michael Walters preached to us from Isaiah 55:6-9. He encouraged us from this passage to do four things to seek God:
- Call on the Lord – As this passage shows, in our critical need we call out or cry out to the Lord in this broken world, knowing that brokenness is also within us.
- Repent of your sins – Without the assurance of forgiveness, no one would repent. How wonderful that we have assurance of forgiveness! So the way we run from sin is to cling to God.
- Believe in His promises – We believe in God’s compassion and the abundance of God’s pardon.
- Look at the stars – The stars are a visual illustration of infinity; they’re so vastly beyond our experience here on earth.
The great and grand focus of the gospel is not our sin–and it’s not even the atonement for our sin. The focus is God Himself. Jesus’ atonement on the cross brings us to God Himself. Listen to the whole sermon here.
For this Labor Day weekend, we had the privilege to hear Rev. Michael Walters preach from Revelation 5 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. He focused on the beautiful yet opposite perfections that combine in Jesus: his infinite highness and infinite condescension, his infinite justice and infinite grace, his infinite glory and lowest humility, and more. Then he examined Jesus as the Lion and the Lamb on the cross, where we see the greatest display of Jesus’ humility and glory and ultimately his victory over his enemies. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, August 26 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we enjoyed hearing Rev. Ross Hodges from our sister church in Mt. Pleasant preach from Matthew 7:7-11. He focused on prayer and praying, encouraging us (as Jesus did in the Sermon on the Mount) that
- God wants us to come to him in prayer.
- He wants us to ask knowing we’ll be heard in our prayers.
- He wants us to come to him because he’s a good Father.
How are we to live this way? Jesus’ answer was: pray. Jesus wants us to be actively, intentionally, and dependent on God. God our Father has already given us the best gift in Jesus, so why would He not continue giving good gifts? God’s not giving us stones in our bread basket; he’s a loving Father and gives good gifts. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued this past Sunday, August 19 with part 2 of his sermon on the Beatitude in Matthew 5:8. (Check out part 1 here.) Since the heart is at the center of a person’s being, including how we relate to others and to God, we must consider what kind of source our heart is. Genesis 6:5 tells us that every intention of man’s heart is only evil, yet God says He will cleanse us and He will give us a new heart. And, boy, do we need a new heart! We can do right things and say right things and still have a wrong heart. If we want a pure heart, we must be humble and dependent. Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor on Sunday, August 12 continued in Matthew 5, focusing on the Beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” He explored two questions:
- What does it mean to see God?
- Why should we want to see God?
Open the eyes of our heart, Lord, for we want to see you. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our senior pastor was back with us this Sunday, August 5 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, and he returned to our beloved Matthew sermon series focusing on Matthew 5:1-7. Though the world encourages an “every man for himself” attitude, in God’s Kingdom it’s each for the other. Since we’ve experienced God’s great mercy, then we must be people of mercy living mercifully.
In verse 7, merciful is an adjective describing people and how we should be when we see others in need, sympathizing and suffering together with them. In Hebrews Jesus is called the merciful High Priest, and this Beatitude describes what Jesus is like and relates to how we feel in the face of others’ needs. Mercy is a verb, and in the Greek language it’s passive, meaning the subject is acted upon as in “have mercy on me.” Desperate people cry out for mercy to be done to them by Jesus; in the Bible we see many examples of desperate people crying out to Jesus who is the only one who can save them or help them in their wretched state.
Do you know God to be merciful? Listen online to the whole sermon.
On Sunday, July 22 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our own Rev. Mark Hunt preached from Romans 8:22-28, while our senior pastor was away. He encouraged us to remember that God meets us in our weakness to give us hope. Godly hope is not a wish; it’s a longing made and fulfilled by our good God. Listen here to the whole sermon.
On Sunday, July 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, Mr. David Wright brought the Word of God to us from Acts 4:23-31 while our senior pastor was on vacation. He encouraged us to pray for boldness in sharing the gospel without fear because God is in control. He also encouraged us to strengthen our prayer efforts in corporate, community, and collegial prayer. Listen here to the whole sermon.
This past Sunday, July 8 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our own Rev. Chris Bennett preached from God’s Word in Philippians 1:3-11 while our senior pastor is on vacation. Though we’re all different, we’re all in transition from the familiar to the unknown because God is doing a good work in our lives. His work is to conform us to Christ, and his work is perfect. And God completes what he has begun! Listen to the whole sermon here.