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.
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.
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.
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.