Heading to the Holy City

Holy City Church

Heading to the Holy City is a podcast ministry of Holy City Church in Charleston, SC. Holy City pastors and members answer theological questions, address issues related to culture and the local church, and discuss how to live as a Christian in the world today.

All Episodes

During Week 8 of the COVID-19 quarantine, Pastor Drew examines Psalm 51:1-19, teaching us that God gives sinners a song for coming back to Him.

May 2020

40 min 22 sec

During Week 7 of the COVID-19 quarantine, Pastor Drew examines Psalm 51:1-6, teaching us that God gives sinners a song for coming back to Him.

May 2020

37 min 7 sec

During Week 6 of the COVID-19 quarantine, Pastor Drew examines Psalm 126, teaching us that the gathered saints worship God by remembering and praying with persevering faith.

Apr 2020

33 min 38 sec

During Week 5 of the COVID-19 quarantine, Pastor Brian gives a brief teaching on Paul's command to Christians to stand firm in the Lord and rejoice always because the Lord is at hand.

Apr 2020

31 min 46 sec

During Week 4 of the COVID-19 quarantine, and in celebration of Easter, Pastor Drew gives a brief teaching on John 11, teaching us that Jesus is the Lord of life who reigns over death.

Apr 2020

28 min 40 sec

During Week 3 of the COVID-19 quarantine, Pastor Brian gives a brief teaching on Paul's command to Christians to rejoice in the Lord in all things because of the great salvation that we enjoy by faith alone in Christ alone.

Apr 2020

33 min 19 sec

During Week 2 of the COVID-19 quarantine, Pastor Brian gives a brief teaching on the gospel being the grounds for our unity and obedience, as well as our need to trust our sovereign and good God.

Mar 2020

32 min 18 sec

During Week 1 of the COVID-19 quarantine, Pastor Brian gives a brief teaching on God's sovereignty and Christian hope in the midst of difficulty.

Mar 2020

25 min 15 sec

In week 10, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 12–13, teaching us that Christians must run the race to the Holy City with endurance because of the unsurpassing glory of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and his new covenant work.

Dec 2019

1 hr 26 min

In week 9, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 11–12, teaching us that Old Testament saints serve as examples of faith to us in the midst of our suffering and waiting for God's promises to be fulfilled, and that God uses our suffering as a means of disciplining us and conforming us into the image of Jesus Christ.

Nov 2019

1 hr 40 min

In week 8, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 9–10, teaching us that through the priestly work and perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God's new covenant people are forgiven and will be sanctified and kept as they endure difficulty and suffering for the Christian faith.

Nov 2019

1 hr 32 min

In week 7, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 8:1–13, teaching us that since Jesus Christ is our faithful High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, the Son brings the new covenant that is much better than ethnic Israel's old covenant received under the Levitical priesthood.

Nov 2019

1 hr 29 min

In week 6, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 7:1–28, teaching us that our High Priest, Jesus Christ, is better than the Levitical priesthood and the new covenant he mediates is better than the old covenant because God has sworn that the Son is a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Oct 2019

1 hr 34 min

In week 5, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 5:1–6:20, teaching us that Jesus is our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek and God’s apostasy warnings are a means by which He keeps Christians enduring in the faith.

Oct 2019

1 hr 31 min

In week 4, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 3:7–5:10, teaching us that Jesus is our High Priest after the order of Melchizedek and we enter God's rest by following the Son of God through our faith-filled obedience.

Oct 2019

1 hr 37 min

In week 3, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 3:1–4:13, showing that Jesus is greater than Moses and Joshua and Christians must persevere in the faith in order to enter God's rest.

Oct 2019

1 hr 33 min

In week 2, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 2:5–18, demonstrating that the Son of God is greater than angels and he is the great high priest that his people need.

Oct 2019

1 hr 32 min

In week 1, Pastor Brian examines Hebrews 1:1-2:4, demonstrating that the Son of God is the fulfillment of all the OT promises and patterns and is greater than the angels.

Sep 2019

1 hr 29 min

How can a good God exist in an evil world? This question addresses the issue of the problem of evil. What’s important for every Christian to understand is that the problem of evil is a serious problem for everyone, regardless of your views on God, religion, and the world. Atheists have a problem of evil. Only Christianity provides a perfectly consistent foundation or grounding for morality in the world, because God has created the world to function in a certain way for His glory and for our good.

Aug 2019

5 min 48 sec

Deacons are wonderful servants in the local church and give a clear picture of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve. All Christians in the local church should aspire to the office of deacon because deacons gain a good standing for themselves and great confidence in the faith.

Aug 2019

6 min 3 sec

Pastors are a gift to God’s church. Pastors are qualified men who serve as under-shepherds, teaching and leading their own congregations for the glory of our Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and the good of his saints.

Aug 2019

5 min 26 sec

Christ is the Head of his church and in the local church, we submit ourselves to the teaching and leadership of our pastors, while also rightly recognizing that the buck stops with the local church, the congregation, as a whole, exercising the keys of the kingdom, defending a faithful gospel, and maintaining sound doctrine.

Aug 2019

5 min 47 sec

Baptists have, historically, argued for a high view of Scripture, a high view of Christ’s redemption, and a high view of the church. Meaningful membership, baptism, and church discipline are all grounded in the Baptist belief that Christ saves His new covenant people completely. And so the local church, as the visible expression of Christ’s new covenant community, should reflect those truths in our local congregations.

Aug 2019

5 min 50 sec

To answer the question—how is the nature of the Bible relevant today?—let's first look at the common viewpoint of truth and authority in our culture. The last 100+ years of Western philosophy has shifted how a person sees the world and interprets reality.

Jul 2019

4 min 57 sec

What is the nature of the Bible, and is it true? The Bible is self-attesting, it claims to be God's Word, God's revelation of Himself and of His work in all of His creation. The Bible claims to be the final authority in understanding ourselves, reality, and our Creator-God.

Jul 2019

4 min 28 sec

In recent months, there’s been movement towards downplaying the usefulness of reading the Old Testament. Some teachers seem to be parroting the early church heretic, Marcion, who argued the god of the Old Testament was different from the New Testament god. Marcion strove to eject the Old Testament from Christian living and practice by undermining the unity of the Bible. Other teachers today have gone on record to argue something akin to “we only need Jesus.” We only need Jesus and his sermon on the mount for Christian life and practice. Today’s debate over human sexuality—same-sex behavior & transgenderism—has led many professing Christians to drive a wedge between the Old Testament and New Testament. So, is the Bible unified from Genesis to Revelation? I believe the clear answer of Scripture is a resounding “yes”!

Jul 2019

4 min 40 sec

When Muslims or atheists argue that the Bible has been corrupted and is full of errors, it might seem troubling, initially, for some Christians that we don’t have any of the original manuscripts or writings of the Old Testament and New Testament books. How do we know that the Bibles we have are accurate and reliable? The answer to this question takes us into the realm of text criticism.

Jul 2019

4 min 32 sec

I’ve heard many professing Christians say something along the lines of “I have a personal relationship with Jesus, I don’t need the local church.” And today, social media, live streaming worship, and “online church services” have created even greater opportunities for Christians to avoid regularly gathering in person with the local church for corporate worship. Can you be a faithful Christian without gathering regularly with the local church? I’d argue that the answer is nearly always a “no.”

Jul 2019

4 min 30 sec

The word “gospel” means “good news,” so the question really is: what is the good news? In Matthew 4:17, Matthew writes that Jesus began to preach saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” But just a chapter later in Matthew 5:17, Jesus teaches in his Sermon on the Mount: “do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”This is Jesus’ point: everything in the Old Testament points to him. Everything in the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in him. So, Jesus can proclaim his gospel in a sentence—“the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe”—and he can tell you that all of Scripture—from Genesis to Revelation—unfolds, unpacks, and proclaims his gospel. So, before I even begin a brief attempt to answer we need to acknowledge that this question has both a short answer and a longer answer. As a Christian and as a pastor, I can’t assume people living around me know the gospel in our increasingly pluralistic and postmodern society. I do believe that Christians can provide a helpful answer to the question—what is the gospel?—by walking through a simple 4-word outline: God-Man-Christ-Response God: The good news starts with God, the Lord over all things. God has revealed Himself as the Creator of all things. He created the heavens and the earth—everything in the universe finds its source in Him. God reveals Himself to be perfectly good, loving, just, righteous, holy, and sovereign over all things. In Genesis 1–2, God delights in His perfect creation, including man. Man: In Genesis 1, we see God create humanity—male and female—in His image. We were made to live in right relationship to God and in right relationship to the rest of creation. God created us to be His representatives and to spread His glory and His Kingdom to the ends of the earth. The first people, Adam and Eve, were called to obey God in all things, but in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve—despite being warned by God that their disobedience would lead to death—morally rebelled against the Lord after being tempted by Satan. The Bible calls this moral rebellion, this disobedience to God’s commands, “sin.” Sin and death entered the world through the disobedience of Adam, and all of Adam’s children, including all of us, inherited Adam’s guilt. We’ve all inherited what the Bible calls a “sin nature”—everyone is born under the power of sin and everyone is born a slave to sin. We disobey God’s law and we disobey our own consciences. All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. And we know that a judge who fails to execute justice against evildoers is a terrible judge. Our problem is that God is a perfect judge. As a result of sin, this just God now stands opposed to us. But, immediately after Adam sins, God makes a promise in Genesis 3:15 that will unfold across the rest of the Old Testament and into the New Testament—God promises a future son who will undo the effects of sin and death. God will give Eve a son who will crush Satan. The rest of the Old Testament shows humanity’s continued unfaithfulness and sin in clear contrast to God’s steadfast faithfulness in His promise to save His people. Christ: Scripture teaches that there’s a serious problem for us and for God—how can God be both just and justifier? God can’t simply sweep our wickedness under the rug. How can God promise forgiveness for sinners if His character demands justice against sinners? The answer is a person: the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Scripture teaches us that the Son of God stepped down from heaven and took upon himself a full and true humanity. He was born, he had a physical body, he had a human mind and will—the Son of God was both fully God and fully man. Jesus Christ was truly God and truly man. And Jesus enters the scene at the beginning of the New Testament proclaiming that God has kept His promises. God was undoing the effects of sin and death through the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus was perfectl

Jul 2019

6 min 37 sec