We celebrated the resurrection this Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, with a message from the gospel of John, Chapter 20. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey described a few signs mentioned within the text which point toward the life Jesus has for us. Like Mary Magdalene, Peter, John, and Thomas in the days following Jesus’ death, we often miss the signs or we choose to follow our own paths instead of following Jesus. Our Lord, however, is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but to come to repentance and to life. John’s encouragement at the end of the chapter continues to orient us in our belief and begs us to ask the question, “What does our unbelief cost us?” Listen to the full sermon here.
For Palm Sunday, April 9 our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued our preparation for Easter preaching from John 12:12-16. John the Apostle, as he writes his gospel many decades later, doesn’t want us his audience to miss the triumph of Jesus and transformation he has our lives. On this Sunday when we celebrate and remember the Triumphal Entry, we see the triumph and experience the triumph through Jesus Christ. Listen to the whole sermon here.
“We are most prepared for Jesus when we are most repentant,” said our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, April 2. We are breaking from our Deuteronomy sermon series to prepare for Easter, and we started in John 12:9-11 as we looked at a story of repentance and a story of unrepentance. The crowds that were coming to Jesus show us repentance, and the chief priests who made plans to kill demonstrate unrepentance.
By repenting and following Christ, we do not lose; instead, we gain everything. If we think we’ll miss out or lose something, then we are not perceiving reality correctly. We must turn from our selfish ways and follow Christ. What are we afraid to relinquish in order to follow Jesus? Listen to the whole sermon here.
Our senior pastor moved on to Deuteronomy 33 this past Sunday, March 26 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. For the last few weeks, he’s preached through Moses’ song in chapter 32, and now we see Moses’ last words of blessing in chapter 33. Like John Wesley’s last words, “The best of all is: God is with us,” Moses also wants to bless God’s people with his last words. Truth comes with blessing and blessing always must come with truth, as we saw from Moses’ stark words and images in chapter 32. His telling the truth about the sin nature of God’s people wounds them, and then his last words of blessing bring the salve needed to heal those wounds. In the same way, we must not blast more effectively than we bless. Truth and blessing must always be together. The heart of the Lord is to bless his people so we can be a blessing to others. Though we don’t know what our last words will be, our everyday words should be full of blessing and truth. Listen to the whole sermon here.
We continued learning from the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32 this Sunday, March 19 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. In verse 4, the name of the Lord is set forth as a reference point for comparison of the darkness of the world to the light of God and His character. Throughout the song, we are reminded that the Lord knows the truth of our hearts and the depth of the corruption and sin inside of us. We must consider our response to Him who has loved us from eternity past, who created us and whose Spirit helps us in our weakness. How do we repay the Lord? With gluttony on His goodness? With rejection? Or with humility toward His discipline which calls us to tear down our idols, our wrong thinking, and our misplaced trust? Do we find joy in the saving atonement of Christ who covers our sin?
Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, on Sunday, March 12 looked at Moses’ song from Deuteronomy 32, focusing on the reference point for our lives, the name of the Lord, and a quick grammar lesson on linking verbs. We see that Moses in his song established God as the first truth and point where the Israelites can always point to, and we see that rightly ordered lives always begin with praise. Listen to the whole sermon here.
As we moved into Moses’ song in Deuteronomy 32, our senior pastor emphasized the importance of songs in our culture and in our learning, during his sermon on Sunday, March 5. Paul commands us in Colossians 3:16 to let the Word of Christ dwell richly within as we sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs. Moses begins his song before the people of Israel singing to all: heaven and earth, unashamed and without fear. We, however, feel guilt, shame, and fear, and it’s hard for us to imagine being naked and unashamed, like Adam and Eve were. Listen to the whole sermon here.
As Moses preached to the Israelites in the desert, he used chiastic form to help them remember the most important truths. At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Deuteronomy 31 on Sunday, February 26 as he explained this important literary structure named for the Greek letter ‘X’ (chi). We see that Moses put the most important truth in the middle of his preaching: God’s glorious presence dwelling with his people, near his people in the cloud in the tent as described in verses 15 and 16. Listen to the whole sermon here.
The pews were filled at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, this past Sunday, February 19 as we heard a message from Deuteronomy 31:1-8. We studied the three phases of Moses’ life and examined his seemingly downward trajectory of worldly success. Moses, who as a baby was rescued from death and raised in Pharaoh’s good graces, fell from glory when he committed murder in Egypt. He then became a fugitive shepherd until he was called back to Egypt to deliver the Israelites. After 40 years of wandering in the desert with the Israelites, he was denied entry to the Promised Land. Moses kept his faith in the Lord’s leading, but also made a few telling mistakes. The life of Moses is a reminder that our hearts are deceitful. We need the power of the Gospel and the example of the ultimate servant, Jesus, to direct our steps across the Jordan and into the eternal presence of God our Father. Listen to the whole sermon here.