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Reformation 500 Celebration | This Sunday at CCP

Christ Church | Reformation 500 Celebration    Lord's Day Schedule | October 29th, 2017--------------------   Adult Sunday School (9:30 a.m.): Pastor Jon Payne will deliver a biographical lecture on Martin Luther's life and legacy.Morning Worship (10:30 a.m.): Service filled with Scripture, hymns, and preaching related to the Protestant Reformation. *Ref...

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Pastor Jon's UK Trip Report

God's sovereign grace and power are clearly evident the world over in both creation and redemption. This is as true in the United Kingdom as it is anywhere. Today, as I begin the long trek back to the South Carolina low country, I would like to provide a brief report of my gospel labors from this past week.  I arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland last Wednesday morning. Af...

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New CCP Sunday School begins October 1st

The Bible is peppered with exhortations to study, learn, and grow as Christian believers. Spiritual stagnancy and intellectual idleness are unacceptable for God’s children. Indeed, Peter calls the church to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 3:18). Paul directs us to be not “conformed to this world, but tr...

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A Better Way to Reach the Lost

All Christians are called to be witnesses of Christ's truth and love to the lost. But evangelism can be a real challenge, especially for those are introverted. Read Pastor Jon's most recent article in Table Talk Magazine and learn that Biblical evangelism is meant to be more natural and ordinary than one might think.  https://tabletalkmagazine.com/article/2017/09/win...

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Encouragement for College Students

Dearest Members of Christ Church, Sending children off to college can sometimes be a scary thing for Christian parents. It can also be scary for those entering their freshman year. Indeed, it’s not easy being a follower of Christ on a college campus these days. With all the changes and new freedoms will come new temptations and responsibilities. That’s why it'...

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CHRIST CHURCH | LATEST NEWS & UPDATES

CHRIST CHURCH PODCAST | PREDESTINATION Take a few minutes to listen to our latest podcast episode of “Between the Times” where the hosts, Pastor Jon, Pastor Ross, and Gabe Williams, discuss “Predestination and the Sovereign Grace of God” in the context of Romans 9. Go to Resources / Podcasts. NEW VISITORS | WE WELCOME YOUWe have had many new visito...

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CHRIST CHURCH | SUMMER UPDATE

Dear Members and Friends of Christ Church, The hot and humid dog days of summer in Charleston are upon us. I will never forget the first time I experienced the muggy humidity of the South. It was mid-August, and I was disembarking a flight from humidity-free Northern California to an exceedingly balmy Greenville, South Carolina, preparing to start my freshman year at Clem...

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THE GRN & HEALTHY PCA CHURCHES

The Gospel Reformation Network is a network of PCA ministers seeking to cultivate and encourage healthy Reformed churches within the PCA. For an introduction to the work of the GRN please watch the brief video linked below: http://gospelreformation.net/gospel-reformation-network-video/      ...

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Words Matter: Godly Speech in a Culture of Profanity

A few years ago, while on sabbatical, I attended an Edinburgh Hearts F.C. soccer match at Tynecastle Stadium with my seven year old son, Hans. We were excited to watch a live Scottish First Division fixture, and to cheer on the home side. The game was enjoyable until the Hearts’ defense broke down and the visiting team scored three quick goals before halftime. The cr...

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Christ Church | 2017 Reading Challenge

Dearest Members of Christ Church, God's Word exhorts us to "not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind" (Rom. 12:2a). This, however, does not just "happen." In order for our minds to be continually renewed we must be continually exposed to God's truth. Of course, this happens every Lord's Day in morning and evening worship through the r...

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NEW YEAR'S PRAYER FOR CHRIST CHURCH

Loving and Merciful Heavenly Father, “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory; for the sake of your steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ps. 115:1). Another year has passed, and a new year has begun. As our calendars change we are mindful of the brief passage of time that this life affords. The Psalmist reminds us that the “years of our li...

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Born That Man No More May Die

The essence of Christmas is the gospel. Without the gospel Christmas is just another exercise in superficial sentimentality, American consumerism, and unmet expectations. Understood rightly, however, Christmas is one of the richest and most meaningful seasons of the year; a time of deep reflection upon the seriousness of the sinful human condition, and the glorious wonder ...

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Listening to the Word of Christ

Listening well to the preaching of God’s Word is foundational to spiritual growth and discipleship. Indeed, sanctification is not unrelated to how attentive we are to the faithful proclamation of the Scriptures (c.f. II Pet. 1:19-21; Jn. 17:17). The inspired Apostle reminds us that saving faith is created by and nourished upon the Word as it preached: “Faith co...

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Godly Priorities & the Church

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Fall has arrived, bringing with it both cooler temperatures and excellent opportunities for spiritual growth and fellowship at Christ Church. Remember, the Church is God’s idea. He ordained and established it for the spiritual nurture, protection, discipline, and maturity of his flock. Active membership in a local church, therefore, is not only a profound blessing, i...

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We Are Particularized: Now What?

Last Sunday we celebrated God’s steadfast love and faithfulness as Christ Church became a fully constituted and official congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. In other words, we moved from church plant status to a particular church with duly elected and installed elders and pastors. Christ Church Presbyterian has been officially planted. Soli Deo Gloria...

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A Celebration of God's Faithfulness

“When are you going to plant a church in Charleston?” The question came to me out of the blue in January 2012 from a good friend and fellow PCA minister from Greenville, Rev. Dr. Richard Phillips. He knew that Marla and I had a heart for Charleston, and that with the explosive population growth in the lowcountry there was no better time than the present to plan...

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Christ Church News & Encouragement from Pastor Jon

Dearest Members of Christ Church, The past three years have been a wonderful whirlwind of growth and blessing at Christ Church Presbyterian. It’s been amazing to watch God work through His Word to gather together a new church body— one with passion for God, love for one another, and a big heart for the lost. What a joy to watch our Lord create a new local cong...

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MUSIC & SINGING

It has often been said that to avoid conflict at family gatherings it is best to leave religion, politics, and parenting out of the conversation. Perhaps the subject of church music should be added to the list as well. If any subject elicits strong opinions and emotional responses among Christians, it’s this one. Heated responses may be attributed to the myriad genr...

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COURAGEOUS PARENTING & TECHNOLOGY

Let me be direct: It is the apex of foolishness to allow your children to have free and unaccountable access to technology–– smart phones, tablets, iPods, computers, social media, etc. In the following pastoral letter I will explain why, as well as pass along a few simple ways we can protect our families from the destructive effects of technology. Now, before ...

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Semper Reformanda & Technology

Are you familiar with the latin phrase Semper Reformanda? It originated in the seventeenth-century. A man named Jodocus Van Lodenstein, a key figure in the Dutch Second Reformation, coined the phrase in a devotional that he penned in 1674. The phrase simply means “Reformed and always reforming.” Rightly understood Semper Reformanda encourages churches and indi...

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Rain and Floods: What Can We Do?

Dear Christ Church Family, The rain and flooding in South Carolina have been devastating. This morning I spoke with two friends and fellow ministers in Columbia –– Derek Thomas and Kevin Thumpston –– who shared the terrible effects of the flooding. Derek’s congregation, First Presbyterian Church, has about 30 families who have lost everything...

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Church Matters

Church Matters Is the local church really that necessary for the Christian life? Is it truly central to God’s saving purposes? Aren’t there newer, better, more relevant ways to thrive spiritually as a Christian? Does God’s Word make that big of a deal about the nature and role of the church in the life of the believer? It is my experience that an increas...

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The Gift of Encouragement

The Gift of Encouragement Don’t you love encouragement? It puts wind in our sails, and fosters confidence and joy in our hearts. We all know how it feels to be built up with loving encouragement. It’s marvelous. It boosts our often weary souls. So if encouragement is such a profound blessing, why don’t we hear more of it? Why are so few quick to offer it...

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Christ the Kingdom Builder

Christ the Kingdom Builder Christ is building his Church. He is accomplishing his holy purposes. All authority in heaven and on earth is his (Mt. 28:18). His kingdom, therefore, is advancing on his terms, through his appointed means, and on his divine schedule. This is good news for Christ Church Presbyterian, and for every church who is putting their faith and trust in h...

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CHRIST CHURCH PRAYERS & THANKSGIVING

CCP Prayers and Thanksgiving Last Lord's Day we were reminded from Psalm 4 that our faithful and merciful God hears and answers the prayers of his redeemed children. He cares deeply for us. Also, sincere prayer demonstrates a humble reliance upon the Lord. We are never spiritually stronger than when we engage in Spirit-filled, Christ-mediated, Word-directed prayer. Prayer...

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The True Spring of Hope

The True Spring of Hope “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; w...

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The Role of Sanctification, Part III

Sanctification is fostered through the Means of Grace God, in his sovereign wisdom, appointed specific and objective means of grace by which he saves, nourishes, grows, and matures his children spiritually (Acts 2:42). Those primary means are the Word of God, sacraments, and prayer (I Cor. 1:18; Heb. 4:12; I Cor. 10:16-17; I Pet. 3:21; Mt. 6:5-15). When faithfully dischar...

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Misplaced Humility & the Resurrection of the Dead

We live in an age of misplaced humility. Rather than modestly distrusting our own subjective (inner) feelings on all matters of life and faith - and with steadfast conviction holding tightly to objective, external truth - we do just the opposite. We confidently trust our inner voice while distrusting objective facts and truth which are outside of us. It’s the Oprah W...

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