Sermon Notes, Links from Sun., Jan. 4

Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SCWhat do we expect God to do in 2015? For the last three weeks, our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, has preached from Isaiah 9:6-7. This past Sunday we examined how “of the increase…there will be no end.” Listen to the whole sermon here.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government will be upon his shoulder,
    and his name will be called
“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom,
    to establish it, and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and for evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Here’s a great expectation for 2015: Like John the Baptist said in response to those asking about Jesus’ growing popularity, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” How will we partner with God so Jesus increases and we decrease? Let’s pray for it–that Jesus increases and we decrease. We should expect that Jesus will increase in our lives.

Our job is to have increase expectations, abundant expectations. –Rev. Craig Bailey

Our senior pastor read from an article titled, “Why Aren’t More Americans Atheists?” Though America–with all our modern and scientific progress–could have become the atheistic capital, it did not because the Kingdom of God will have no end. Throughout 2015 and beyond, we have great expectations for great growth here in Charleston.