Last Sunday, October 28 our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued in our Matthew sermon series focusing for another week on Matthew 5:13-16. The first sermon on October 21 on these few Matthew verses focused on “living in the world.” For this week’s message, Pastor Craig challenged us that we must be the salt of the earth because Jesus says we must be. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 21 our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued our beloved Matthew sermon series in Matthew 5:13-16. If the Beatitudes show us how we should be, then these next verses tell us that we can’t stay on the mountain with Jesus; we must be living within the world. And when we’re in the world, we cannot hide who were are in Christ–nor should we want to. We must have a right view of the world and our place in it. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 14 our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued preaching on the final Beatitude in Matthew 5:1-12 with part two of his sermon on that passage. In Part 1 last week, he explained that persecution is a clash between two kingdoms, and this week he focused on how when persecution comes into our lives, it must be for the right reasons. Persecution comes because of our righteous character, and being righteous is being like Christ. Jesus was persecuted because he was different from the religious leaders of his day. So when persecution comes in this life, trust that the Lord will meet you there. Listen to the whole sermon online here.
Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, began preaching on the final Beatitude in Matthew 5:1-12. He described the certainty of persecution in our lives, because persecution is a clash between two kingdoms. As we praise God for bringing us out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of light, Pastor Craig challenged us to ask ourselves, “In which kingdom are you really living?” Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, September 30 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued in the Beatitudes preaching from Matthew 5:1-9. The Lord has told us and equipped us to make our world a different kind of place by making peace and not merely keeping it. He challenged us to examine our lives asking, if we’re not peacemakers, can we then be sons and daughters of God? We’re called to proactively proclaim Christ in conflict–in effect making peace because Christ is the only cure for conflict. Listen to the whole sermon here.
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.