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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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Preparing for Worship: February 23, 2014

For the morning worship service, Pastor Caldwell will continue his study on Luke 18:18-30, which you can read here.

The text for the evening service will be from Titus 2, as we continue our study of biblical manhood and womanhood. Pastor Caldwell began this series a few weeks ago and began teaching through Titus 2 last week. You can also read that text here as you prepare for worship.

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

1. God Undefeatable
2. Holy (Jesus You Are)
3. Before the Throne of God Above
4. Jesus is Better
5. Jesus, Thank You.

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Preparing for Worship: February 16, 2014

For the morning worship service, Pastor Caldwell will be preaching from Luke 18:18-30, which you can read here.

The text for the evening service will be from Titus 2, as we continue our study of biblical manhood and womanhood. You can also read that text here as you prepare for worship.

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

1. Song of Moses
2. Holy (Jesus You Are)
3. Jesus is Better
4. There is a Fountain
5. Show Us Christ.

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Preparing for Worship: February 9, 2014

Pastor Caldwell will continue to preach from Luke 18 this week, now venturing into several “kingdom of God” parables beginning with 18:15-17. It is good to put in perspective the already/not-yet nature of the kingdom of Christ, which we will see in the coming weeks. Jesus ushered in the kingdom with his presence on earth, his death, and finally his resurrection and ascension. The kingdom is already here, and Jesus is reigning in the hearts of men and women. The kingdom is yet to come, however, and we look forward to the day when he will finally return and abolish all the rulers, authorities and powers who have challenged his designs and purposes (Rev 19).

Many of our “songs, hymns and spiritual songs” (Eph 5:19; Col 3:16) emphasize the kingdom. This week we will sing, for example, “Come Praise and Glorify,” and in the third verse we say, “The Spirit guarantees our hope until redemption’s done, until we join in endless praise with God, the three in One.” This verse obviously speaks to our future hope of God’s presence on earth—the kingdom yet to come!

In another hymn, “The Solid Rock,” we will sing of the same hope: “When he shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in him be found! Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne!” A new song we will introduce this week has the following verse:

Your kindly rule has shattered and broken
the curse of sin’s tyranny
My life is hidden ‘neath Heaven’s shadow,
Your crimson flood covers me

In the following chorus, we sing about the kingdom of Christ, ever present, and yet not fully realized:

Glory, glory, we have no other king
But Jesus Lord of all
Raise the anthem, our loudest praises ring
We crown Him Lord of all

Our prayer should be that the kingdom of Christ would reign in the hearts of men on earth, and that his kingdom would come, finally and eternally! It is for his glory and for our good!

Songs that we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. Jesus is Better
2. Come Praise and Glorify
3. Behold Our God
4. Our Great God
5. The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship.

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Preparing for Worship: February 2, 2014

The sermon text this Sunday morning will be from Luke 18:9-14, which you can read here, and which concerns the well-known parable about the Pharisee and tax collector. The Pharisee is haughty and self-assured, hence, “[Jesus] told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous” (18:9). Jesus says that the tax collector on the other hand—even though it is assumed that he is unjust (he is a tax collector after all)—is “justified” (18:14). Why is he justified? Is it because he is shameful? He “stands far off,” and does not even “lift his eyes to heaven,” obviously because he is ashamed of his sin. But note that his justification is tied to repentance: “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” is the focus of the paragraph.

The apostle Paul says that justification is a gracious gift from God: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:23-24). So what the tax collector exhibits in Luke 18 can only be from God. His justification and faith come not through good works, the arbitrary kind that the Pharisee is boasting about. Rather, his justification is the result of his repentance before God and faith in God. Paul asks in Romans 3:27-28, “What becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.”

It is comforting to remember that God is just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Indeed, he is all our boast.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. Come, Thou Almighty King (The Church at Brook Hills)
2. Always (Kristian Stanfill)
3. Your Love, Oh Lord (Third Day)
4. Come to Me (The Village Church)
5. Sovereign Over Us (Aaron Keyes).

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Preparing for Worship: January 26, 2014

The sermon for this week is from Luke 17:31-37, which you can read here. This is a particularly difficult text to interpret as it concerns when the Son of Man will be revealed and the coming of his kingdom to earth. We do not know with any precision when this great day will arrive. At the heart of Jesus’ message, rather, is that people should prepare for his coming: Luke 17:33—Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it. This idea is akin to what Paul did for the churches in Acts 14; indeed, it is what all believers should do in a wicked age—churches should “strengthen” their “souls.” We must continue in the faith, Paul asserts, for “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). So, we can begin by putting away our end-times graphs and charts. That’s not how Jesus tells us to prepare. What he does say is that we should be faithful witnesses of him in our daily lives, and commit ourselves to ethical conduct befitting our repentance. God will ultimately bring vindication and judgment upon the wicked while giving redemption to those who are his offspring by faith.

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

  1. Our Great God
  2. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
  3. Behold Our God
  4. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
  5. The Church’s One Foundation


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Preparing for Worship: January 19, 2014

We may think that the goal of worship is to gaze upon God and be changed. This is certainly true to some extent. When we repent and come to faith in Christ, we are indeed asking God to change us, to conform us into the image of his Son. It is interesting to note, however, that in revelation—the divine activity of redemption—God gazes upon us and changes us, rather than the other way around (J. Todd Billings, The Word of God for the People of God, 80). This is example we have in Isaiah 60, where the nations come to God after he returns to Zion, and he irradiates them with his glory. They become reflections of his majesty in a similar way to Moses when he came down from Mt. Sinai with a shining face (Exod 34:29-35). This change is also the core idea of Aaron’s Blessing in Numbers 6:24-26:
The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you
The Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

I wonder how much more God-saturated our worship time may be if our utmost plea is that God irradiate us with his goodness and for his glory. Then we would be changed from the inside out.

Songs we will sing week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. A Mighty Fortress is Our God
2. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
3. How Sweet and Aweful is the Place
4. Be Thou My Vision.

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Preparing for Worship: January 12, 2014

We are having a guest preacher this Sunday, Dr. Stephen Presley, who also preached last summer at Founders. He will be dealing with two narratives that follow the birth of Christ (in keeping with the season!):

Sunday Morning: The Christmas Effect
Part 1: Matt 2:13-23

Sunday Night: The Christmas Effect
Part 2: Luke 2:21-40

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

1. Come Thou Almighty King
2. Our Great God
3. You Are Worthy
4. In the Name of God
5. There is a Fountain.

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