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.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we marked the end of our Deuteronomy sermon series this past Sunday, December 3 after four-plus years. Our senior pastor began with the same question he asked back in September 2013: How are we living in the land? From the last five verses of Deuteronomy, he gave us three charges:
- Be joyful
- Step up in the power of the Spirit
- Keep your life centered on the Lord
Now we ask ourselves: How can we live well in this land (at 43 Wentworth St.) where the Lord has planted us? Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, November 19 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Deuteronomy 34:5-8 as he finishes up his Deuteronomy sermon series over the next few weeks. He cautioned that a tombstone is coming for all of us, and he encouraged us to think of what might be written on ours. Without exception, our tombstones should read “our names, Servant of the Lord.” Listen to the whole sermon here.
With our senior pastor out of town for a missions conference, we heard our own Rev. Chris Bennett bring us a powerful message on Sunday, November 12 about the persecuted church worldwide and our response as Christians in Charleston, SC. In Philippians 1:12-30 God’s Word points to persecution not to shock us but to energize us. We see many examples of God’s turning evil motives of men into good ends because he’s an all-powerful, sovereign Lord. Persecution is used by God for the advancement of the gospel, and persecution emboldens Christians to share the gospel. Persecution also prepares us for our suffering!
We are called to proclaim Christ not only with our words but also with our lives. So how can we help our brothers and sisters who suffer from persecution? First, we become aware of the plight of Christians around the world, and we pray for them–letting them into our hearts. We can also give to ministries who help the persecuted church: Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors USA, International Christian Concern.
Our senior pastor continued in Deuteronomy 34:1-4 this past Sunday, November 5 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, focusing on the deep love the Father has for us. He explored the four parenting styles, looking at how they offer details about God as our Father. How deep the Father’s love for us and vast beyond all measure that He responds to us and requires of us. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 29 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued to explore Deuteronomy 34:1-4 as our senior pastor encouraged us to not grow weary while we wait for the fullness of God’s time. Just as we celebrate and remember that 500 years ago was the Reformation, so it was also 500 years from God’s calling Abraham to the Promised Land to our passage in Deuteronomy where Moses is looking out over the Promised Land. God takes the long view of things, so we must not grow weary while we wait. With our culture of instant food, instant viewing, and instant ordering, slow things can seem old. Craig reminded us that slow can be better than fast when slow brings about the fullness of God’s time and when it accomplishes God’s purposes. Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 22 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Deuteronomy 34:1-4 as part of his Deuteronomy sermon series. He recounted the brief history of Redeemer, since we’re five years this week from when the Lord provided for us in a mighty way! He encouraged us not to live any day like it was a warm-up to something greater or bigger. But that we’d say to the Lord, “Whatever your plans for us, may we joyfully and eagerly take part in them.”
Though Moses was no doubt disappointed at not being able to enter the Promised Land, the Lord used Moses to bring about his Son Jesus–though Moses didn’t know Jesus at all. God’s sovereignty over all is amazing, so let’s encourage each other in building God’s Kingdom now. We’re either building God’s Kingdom or our own. Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, October 15 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor cautioned us to build upon a firm foundation, as we looked at Deuteronomy 34:1-4. We see that God shows Moses the Promised Land, and then God speaks to Moses. God’s showing is what we call general revelation, and God’s saying is specific revelation. We often have spiritual experiences with what God shows–sunsets, beautiful landscapes, microscopic detail of our bodies–yet it’s not enough. We must also ask, “What has the God of the universe said to me? about how I live my life?” We come to worship the God who has spoken to us, and he doesn’t need to say anything “new.” Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, October 8 our senior pastor moved into Deuteronomy 34 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. After reading the poem The Blind Man And The Elephant, our senior pastor encouraged us to take a view of the whole. Though our backgrounds and perspectives shape our views, these broken fragments all around us are restored to wholeness through Christ. At the end of Deuteronomy, Moses climbed Mt. Nebo to die, and the Lord showed him the whole Promised Land–not the land divided into twelve tribes, but a view for the whole, the entirety of what God promised to his people. Listen to the whole sermon here.