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Preparing for Worship: July 27, 2014

Recently I read some reflections on meditation from Thomas Watson, which are apt for every Christian: 

“Labour to remember what you read [cf. Matt. 13:4, 19]. . . . The memory should be like the chest in the ark, where the Law was put. . . . Some can better remember an item of news than a line of Scripture; their memories are like these ponds, where frogs live, but the fish die. . . . In meditation there must be a fixing of the thoughts upon the object. . . . Meditation is the concoction of Scripture: reading brings a truth into our head, meditation brings it into our heart: reading and meditation must, like Castor and Pollux, appear together. Meditation without reading is erroneous; reading with meditation is barren. The bee sucks the flower, then works it in the hive, and so turns it to honey: by reading we suck the flower of the Word, by meditation we work it in the hive of our mind, and so it turns to profit. Meditation is the bellows of the affection: ‘while I was musing the fire burned’ (Ps. 39:3). The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” (Puritan Sermons, vol. 2, 61-62)

May the words of our mouth and the mediation of our heart be pleasing in the sight of the Lord. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. Come Thou Almighty King
  2. Man of Sorrows
  3. Grace So Glorious
  4. When I Survey
  5. Sovereign Over Us

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Preparing for Worship: July 20, 2014

Pastor Phillip Marshall will be preaching for our two services this Sunday. In the morning, his sermon text will be from Exodus 17, where the people of Israel grumble at Rephidim because there was no water there for them to drink. Although the people quarrel with Moses, he tells them that they are actually “testing the Lord.” Moses then cries out to the Lord because of the people and the Lord tells Moses to strike a rock and water will come forth. Interestingly, God says that “I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall struck the rock” (17:6). In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul picks up on this text in 1 Corinthians 10 and says that “the rock was Christ” (1 Cor 10:4). I am eager to hear how Pastor Phillip will address these texts, and how the Lord might teach us more about himself, his character, and plan for all time. 

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

  1. Always
  2. I Will Glory in My Redeemer
  3. The Solid Rock
  4. There is a Fountain
  5. Grace So Glorious

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Preparing for Worship: July 13, 2014

This week we have the privilege of hearing from our Youth Pastor, Nathan Ramirez, in the AM service, and our Pastor for Adult Education and Discipleship, Phillip Marshall, in the PM service. What a blessing it is that the Lord has raised up godly men at Founders Baptist Church who are faithful in preaching the Word of God for the glory of God whenever that opportunity is presented. Nathan will tackle Hebrews 11 and address the topic of faith from a biblical theological perspective, which is exactly how the author of Hebrews addresses that topic. Would that God grant us all the faith of the men and women listed in that chapter! 

Join me in praying for these men as they prepare to minister to us on Sunday through the preaching of the Word. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

  1. God Undefeatable
  2. Holy
  3. Jesus is Better
  4. Your Great Name
  5. Grace So Glorious
  6. Trust You

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Preparing for Worship: July 6, 2014

Last week, I wrote a post on Luke 21:ff., anticipating that sermon. But the Lord had different plans for us, and Pastor Caldwell gave us two sermons from 2 Corinthians 12. I was greatly encouraged by these sermons, and I would exhort anyone who has not listened to these sermons to go to our Sermon Audio page and download them

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

  1. Your Love, Oh Lord
  2. It is Well with My Soul
  3. In Christ Alone
  4. Shine into Our Night
  5. I Will Glory in My Redeemer

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Preparing for Worship: June 29, 2014

Pastor Caldwell will pick up in Luke 21:7ff. this week. The text is timely. We are prone to despair when we see injustices around the world, corruption, war, and natural disaster. But Jesus instructs his disciples not to trust in these things or even false Messiah’s (such as Simon bar Kochba, ca. 130 AD) as imminent signs of his return. These things have to take place first, “but the end will not be at once” (21:9). These things reflect the effects of the fall and make us long for a time when God will put all things aright. And further, whatever sufferings we might see or even experience are “not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us,” Paul says:

For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Rom 8:18-25). 

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

  1. You are Worthy
  2. Man of Sorrows
  3. Jesus is Better
  4. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
  5. Sing to Jesus

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Preparing for Worship: June 8, 2014

Our sermon text for this week is from Luke 21:5-9. Jesus moves from discussing true and false religion—as exemplified in the contrast between the scribes and the poor widow—to a discussion of the destruction of the temple. The temple has proven to be false because the leadership of the priests and scribes is false. Jesus’ final teaching in the temple announces its imminent demise, but he isolates that calamity from a much larger scene in the future—the coming of the Son of Man. The destruction of the temple is not the final eschatological event. 

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

  1. All Creatures of Our God and King
  2. Always
  3. All I Have is Christ
  4. 10,000 Reasons
  5. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

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Preparing for Worship: June 1, 2014

The sermon text for this week is Luke 21:1-4, which I overviewed last week. I would encourage you to dwell on the text prior to the Sunday services, even if just for a moment on Sunday mornings before you head to church. This will help you invariably in both your private and public worship. Worship on Sunday is primarily public, that is, the point of us gathering is to meet with one another, sing songs and hymns to one another, and to be instructed in the truth of God’s Word together. The end result—the hope—is that we would be unified as one body under one head, Jesus Christ. A way in which we can contribute to that unity is by preparing ourselves for the worship services beforehand. Even if the sermon text does not speak to your personal circumstances at present, and if that text is short or unfamiliar to you, read it anyway! Dwell on it. Listen to the songs. Keep the text at the forefront of your mind, and consider the unity of the body of Christ more than personal comforts. We have a high calling: we must bring the gospel to a lost and dying world. But we do not serve that calling alone. We are the body of Christ, and the gates of hell will not prevail against us. So gear up! Prepare your heart and mind! 

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

  1. The Solid Rock
  2. I Will Glory in My Redeemer
  3. Your Love, Oh Lord
  4. All I Have is Christ
  5. Show Us Christ

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Preparing for Worship: May 25, 2014

Our sermon text this week is from Luke 20:45-21:4. Jesus offers a warning regarding the influence of the scribes, leaders who are selfish and self-seeking even in their religious duties. Their fraudulent hearts lead Jesus to say that they will receive “a greater condemnation” for their behavior. Then Jesus gives a living example to illustrate his point (21:1-4). He sees a poor widow giving all that she has into the offering box. Compared to the scribes, “this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Jesus is not making a point about sacrificial giving, although that is applicable here too. The widow gave her life, as it were, an offering that may seem paltry to some but which God accepts. Jesus said back in Luke 6:20, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” The scribes give for selfish reasons. Their reward is condemnation. The widow gives sacrificially from a pure heart. Her reward is “blessedness” and “the kingdom of God.” This type of devotion prepares the reader for Jesus, who gives his very life for others.

Notice also that Jesus is not challenging the scribes based on their bad interpretation of Scripture, but rather on their bad behavior. Bad behavior, not bad exegesis, is ultimately what disqualifies them from being legitimate interpreters. Jesus therefore warns his disciples not to be influenced by them. 

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

  1. Always
  2. Lord, I Need You
  3. God Undefeatable
  4. In the Name of God
  5. Jesus, Thank You

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Preparing for Worship: May 18, 2014

Our text this week is from Luke 20:41-47, wherein Jesus makes a very interesting appeal to the Old Testament to confirm his messianic lordship. To substantiate his claim to be both the Christ and David’s son, he quotes Psalm 110:1: “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’” The idea that Jesus is a decedent of David was foreshadowed in Luke’s Gospel in Joseph’s genealogy in 3:23-38. Jesus is legitimately a son of David by virtue of his connection with Joseph. But Jesus is saying much more than that he is simply a decedent of David. He is saying that he is “the Son of David,” i.e., the Messiah that was promised. At first glance the Davidic psalm seems to have nothing to do with the Messiah. But if we understand that the one being addressed in Psalm 110 is the Messiah (“God said to his Son, the Messiah, sit at my right hand…”), then the passage is filled with latent meaning. Jesus is not explicitly claiming to be the Messiah, but by quoting the passage he in effect places himself into the passage as the preexistent Son of the God, the Messiah. 

The question Jesus poses at the end of the passage goes unanswered in our text. Luke, however, addresses it once more in Acts 2:29-36. There, Peter provides the answer in citing both Psalm 16:10 and 110:1 with reference to God raising Jesus from the dead. Peter claims that David was pointing to Jesus, whom God raised from the dead and who is now seated at God’s right hand, just as Psalm 110 says. He is both Lord and Messiah. 

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

  1. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
  2. Trust You
  3. There is a Fountain
  4. Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul
  5. O Great God

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