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Posts by: joshphilpot

Preparing for Worship: May 11, 2014

This weekend we celebrate Mother’s Day, and while Sunday is rightly a time of thanksgiving for all mothers, I wonder if we would together consider it also as a time of lament for those who long to be mothers but feel the pain of childlessness and loneliness. These emotions are very biblical, which we see in the narratives of Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, Elizabeth, and others. Many churches too often miss the aspect of lament in their services, and Mother’s Day seems to me to be a good occasion for reflection. Years ago I came across a prayer by Nathan Bierma written with this purpose of lament in mind, which I think is helpful to read this time of year. The section in italics is given as an introduction to the prayer:

We recognize on a day like today that everything in God’s creation isn’t as it should be. Sin has broken families and caused deep pain and heartache, and suffering in creation has led to suffering in the flesh—some who long to be parents are unable to experience that joy. Let’s pray together, knowing that God hears us in our pain and sadness:

Lord, on this Mother’s Day
we lift up the aching hearts
of all those who long to be mothers,
but mourn the absence of new life within them;
who have conceived,
but suffered loss through miscarriage or abortion;
who have given birth,
but endured the tragedy of burying a child.

Their grief is often hidden from us
or neglected on this day of celebration of motherhood.
We pray that they may experience healing in this church family.

How long, O Lord, must death get its way at the outset of new life?
How long must joy be deferred or interrupted by such cruel sorrow?

Risen Lord of life, grant them comfort and peace,
breathe in us all the breath of new life.
Through Jesus Christ,
who defeated death,
Amen.

Take comfort that our God is “near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit” (Ps 34:18).

The sermon text for this week is from Luke 20:27-39. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here

  1. Come Thou Almighty King
  2. God Undefeatable
  3. Come Praise and Glorify
  4. Behold Our God
  5. Your Great Name

 

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship 

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Preparing for Worship: May 4, 2014

We will not have an evening service this Sunday. Instead, we will join one another on the church grounds for a fellowship meal immediately following the morning service. We hope that everyone will attend, and also that this will be a good opportunity for everyone to meet newer members. I look forward to seeing you there!

The sermon text for this week is from Luke 20:19-26, which you can read here. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. Song of Moses
2. Our Great God
3. Jesus is Better
4. Only the Blood.

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Preparing for Worship: April 27, 2014

The sermon text for this week has to do with the parable of the wicked tenants, from Luke 20:9-18. As a cross-reference, the scripture reading we will hear during the service is from Isaiah 5:1-7. There, the prophet records the “song of the vineyard.” The Lord recounts how he planted Israel like a vine dresser plants a vineyard on a fertile hill. He cared for the vineyard, cleared it of stones, planted it with choice vines, built a watchtower for it and hewed out a wine vat in its midst (Isa 5:2). But when he expected it to yield grapes, it yielded “wild grapes” instead (5:4). Since the vineyard only produced sour, wild grapes, the Lord removed its hedge, broke down its walls, and made it a waste so that it can be no longer pruned or hoed (5:5-6). And there is no question about whom the Lord sings this song, “for the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah” (5:7).

When Jesus tells the parable of the wicked tenants, he likely alludes to the song of the vineyard in Isaiah 5. In Luke 20, a man plants a vineyard similar to God planting the vineyard of Israel. He then let it out to tenants to care for the vineyard and to ensure that it yields a good crop. But every time the man sends his servants to get some of the fruit, the tenants are constantly throwing them out, beating them and treating them shamefully. In the last instance, the owner sends his beloved son, whom the tenants kill so that they can keep the inheritance of the vineyard for themselves. These actions confirm the reason why God says in Isaiah 5 that he will make the vineyard a desolation—the tenants of the vineyard (i.e. Israel) have ruined the crop!

This also confirms why Jesus had to come to earth and die in our place. Sin has taken such deep root in the world that even the tenants of God’s promises and inheritance have failed to see the beloved son. They are consumed with pride and have rejected outright the owner of the vineyard—God himself. Thankfully, Jesus quotes from Psalm 118 that “the stone that the builders rejected” (i.e. the wicked tenants of Israel) “has become the chief cornerstone,” which obviously alludes to the victory he has over death and hell in his glorious resurrection. There are wicked today, to be sure, so let us not reject the beloved son, the chief cornerstone, “chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame” (1 Pet 2:6; cf. Isa 28:16).

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. Holy (Jesus You Are)
2. I Will Glory in My Redeemer
3. It is Well with My Soul
4. You are Worthy of Your Glory
5. The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship.

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Preparing for Worship: April 20, 2014

This Sunday is Easter, and as I write this it is Good Friday, the day we celebrate the death of Jesus Christ. I doubt that Jesus’ disciples would ever call this day “good,” but this is how it has passed down through antiquity. I often reflect on this day by reading aloud Isaiah 52:13-53:12, and I would encourage you to do the same:

13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
15 so shall he sprinkle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand.
53 Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
9 And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Our sermon text this week will be from Luke 20. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. I Will Glory in My Redeemer
2. Man of Sorrows
3. Christ is Risen
4. The Power of the Cross
5. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery.

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Preparing for Worship: April 6, 2014

The sermon text for this week is from Luke 19:45-48, which has to do with Jesus “cleansing” the temple and teaching the people at that location. This serves as a sort of bracketing of Jesus’ earthly ministry as presented in Luke’s Gospel, with Jesus teaching at the temple in both Luke 2 at the beginning of his life (as a 12 year old) and Luke 19 at the end of his life. In the first instance, the scribes and teachers at the temple are amazed at Jesus’ understanding of the scripture. They seem to be receiving his instruction as they would a bonafide teacher of the law. In the latter instance, however, “the chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.” Clearly the temperament of the temple leaders has changed, which eventually leads to Jesus’ crucifixion in the coming chapters.

Songs that we will sing on Sunday included the following, provided in a playlist here:

1. O Worship the King
2. Let Us Adore
3. Man of Sorrows
4. In the Name of God
5. Come to Me

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Preparing for Worship: March 30, 2014

This Sunday we will have the privilege of hearing Dr. Tom Schreiner preach at Founders as part of our Spurgeon Conference. The conference begins Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm on each day. We will maintain or normal Sunday schedule. 

Dr. Schreiner currently serves as the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a post he has held since 1997. He also serves as Associate Dean of the School of Theology at SBTS. You can read his professor bio at this page

Dr. Schreiner is also a prolific author in the field of biblical studies. We will have a number of his works for sale during the conference, so be sure to check out the book table some time this weekend. If you would like a list of these books you can visit his author page on Amazon.com here. His most recent work is a whole bible theology entitled, “The King in His Beauty: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments.” I heartily recommend this work. The Gospel Coalition conducted an interview with Dr. Schreiner about this book which is available at this link.

We’re very excited to have Dr. Schreiner with us again, and we encourage all Founders members to attend all of the meetings this weekend. Songs that we will sing on Sunday included the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. The Solid Rock
  2. Come Thou Almighty King
  3. All I Have is Christ
  4. Shine Into Our Night

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship 

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Preparing for Worship: March 23, 2014

It is important when we gather for worship that we regularly check our expectations at the door. If we don’t, we will become mired down in our own motives and aspirations. Recently, Ken Puls wrote about this very problem on the Founders Ministries blog. He writes:

We are easily dulled, distracted and discouraged. We sing about God’s glory while wondering how long it is until lunchtime. We pray for the preaching of His Word, then step out for a drink of water when the sermon starts. We speak well of God and yet forget that He is with us and is the very reason that we are gathered.

We must remember that worship is not about us; it is about God. We are coming into the presence of our Creator, who made all things, including us, for His own glory. We are coming into the presence of our King, who rules and reigns over us and all things. We are coming into the presence of our Father, who loves us and who gave His own Son to rescue us and bring us near. Christ shed His blood that we might have bold access to the throne of grace. David reminds us in Psalm 16:11 that in God’s presence “there is fullness of joy.” At His right hand there “are pleasures forevermore.” Our expectations, when rightly kindled, should be that worship is a glorious opportunity for us, together as the people of God, to draw near and enjoy the very One who is our joy and life and salvation.

What should concern us in worship is God. Let that be your prayer and mine as we prepare for the Sunday gathering. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Thou Lovely Source of True Delight (Indelible Grace)
  2. Song of Moses
  3. Show Us Christ
  4. Sing to Jesus
  5. Your Great Name

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Pastor Caldwell’s Recommended Resources on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

On Sunday evenings, Pastor Caldwell is preaching a new series entitled, “Biblical Manhood, Womanhood, Marriage & Family.” He began the series in Proverbs 31, and has been preaching through Titus 2 now for four weeks (see our sermon archive here to download the series for free). Each sermon has been very encouraging and practical. This issue is truly an important one for Christians, and so I thought I would list a few helpful resources that Pastor Caldwell recommends on this topic for further reading:

  1. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: This is a great place to start sorting through the biblical and cultural data regarding gender roles and marriage. They offer a biannual journal for free, as well as an active blog, a conference, and free resources.
  2. Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. This (very large) book is available for free as a .pdf file or you can buy it on Amazon. It’s a great resource for the topic and includes articles by well-known scholars like D.A. Carson and Tom Schreiner. Anyone concerned with the fundamental question of the proper relationship between men and women will want to read this book.
  3. 50 Crucial Questions About Manhood and Womanhood, by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. This is sort of a condensed version of the book above. It’s very helpful for anyone who needs to sort through the key questions about this topic very quickly. It’s also available for free online, or as a .pdf.
  4. God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation, by Andreas Köstenberger. Buy it on Amazon. This is the go-to book for many evangelicals who are looking for an integrated, biblical foundation for God’s purposes in the home. Bruce Ware offers his own recommendation: “While many popular treatments of marriage and the family are available, very few have explored with care and precision Scripture’s own teaching on these crucial subjects. Köstenberger does not avoid the hard contemporary issues of gender and sexuality but addresses them with sensitivity combined with keen biblical insight.”
  5. Different by Design: Discovering God’s Will for Today’s Man and Woman, by John MacArthur. This book is more like a study series. It is very inexpensive on Amazon, and will prove to be a useful tool for delving deeper into the biblical data on gender roles.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Be Still My Soul
  2. My Jesus I Love Thee
  3. Before the Throne of God Above
  4. The Power of the Cross
  5. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship.

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Preparing for Worship: March 9, 2014

The sermon text for this Sunday is Luke 19:1-10, which you can read here. It’s hard to forget catchy songs like “Zacchaeus was a wee little man,” the subject of the sermon. When you think about it, that song has absolutely no redeeming value. It simply tells the narrative of Zacchaeus and how Jesus went to his house. The song says nothing about Zacchaeus’ repentance and desire to repay those whom he cheated fourfold. Moreover, it says nothing about Jesus, the minor character in the song. Yet most of us who learned that song as children will likely never forget it. I’m not arguing that it’s a bad song to teach our children (my kids know it by heart…), but that the narrative of Zacchaeus as portrayed in that song leaves the door open to interpretation. The actual passage in Luke 19 does not leave the story open to interpretation. Jesus declares in verses 9-10, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The Zacchaeus song illustrates the importance of singing in our churches, both the form of the songs and the content. Our songs, hymns, and spiritual songs should be memorable, ones that stick in our heads as we walk away from the weekly gathering. This is the function of songs in general, after all, and church songs are no different. Yet our songs should tell clearly the theology of the church. This Sunday we will sing two songs that tell the full narrative of Jesus in memorable tunes: “In Christ Alone,” and “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery.” These songs are important, I think, because they address the person and work of Jesus in winsome, creative tunes. In other words, there is both robust theological content and creativity in the lines, strophes, and stanzas. More to the point, these songs leave little doubt as to subject of our salvation, and I hope that they encourage you to memorize and sing the great songs of the church. You may find out that, years and years later, they are still stuck in your head. But unlike the Zacchaeus song, which merely tells a narrative, the story of Jesus is the story of the gospel, a narrative that is never boring and which has eternal redemptive value.

Songs that we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. God Undefeatable
  2. God of Wonders
  3. Jesus is Better
  4. You Are Worthy
  5. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship.

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Preparing for Worship: March 2, 2014

As I was reflecting on the sermon text for this week (Luke 18:35-43, the story of the blind beggar), I was reminded of the many places in the Old Testament where God says that he will accomplish his justice/righteousness in Jerusalem by “restoring sight to the blind.” Most of these references are metaphorical, but that only emphasizes Jesus’ amazing power to heal both the spiritually blind and the physically blind:

Psalm 146:8—the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.

Isaiah 35:3-5—Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

Isaiah 42:5-9— Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

These are just three of such references, and there are many more. May we be like those who in Luke 18 “gave praise to God” after witnessing these events. For all who come to Jesus are healed from spiritual blindness and deafness. They are given “eyes to see” and “ears to hear.”

Songs that we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Come Praise and Glorify
  2. You Are Worthy
  3. Jesus is Better
  4. Trisagion
  5. O Great God

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship

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