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, 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.
Our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued this past Sunday, July 1 our Matthew sermon series by preaching through Matthew 5:1-6. He examined four instances where God used hunger coupled with his provision for the good of his people. Listen to the whole sermon here.
With popular culture constantly mocking meekness, who really wants to be considered meek? This past Sunday, June 24 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued our Matthew sermon series with the third Beatitude in Matthew 5:1-5. He listed seven characteristics of meekness based on seven snapshots of Jesus’ life since he embodied meekness. True meekness is complete submission to the will of God for the benefit of others. So, will you be meek? Listen to the whole sermon here.
This past Sunday, June 17 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor focused on the second Beatitude. The mourning that Jesus talks about in verse 4 is a grief that’s so great it cannot be hidden, mourning over our loss of relationship to God and our sin. We must be unhappy about our sin and mourn over it to be made happy through Christ. This “mourning” is specific, and the “comfort” in the verse is specific as well. Comfort is found no where else aside from our Savior Jesus Christ. The first question of the Heidelberg Catechism addresses this type of comfort:
What is your only comfort in life and death?
That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, June 10 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued in our Matthew sermon series with the Beatitudes. He asked, “What does it mean to be poor in spirit?” and “What does it not mean to be poor in spirit?”
Poverty of spirit is the attitude we have when we come face to face with God: utterly needy. Jesus lived on earth totally dependent on the Father; Jesus was poor in spirit. Listen to the whole sermon here.