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Preparing for Worship: April 19, 2015

Having completed preaching through the book of Luke, Pastor Caldwell will now turn to the minor prophet, Nahum. Of course, none of the OT prophets are “minor” in terms of importance or degree. The classification of “major” and “minor” simply refers to length, the longer prophets being Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, followed by the twelve minor prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. As an introduction, Pastor Caldwell’s emphasis for this week’s sermon is on the wasted mercies that characterize Nahum’s message. “Nahum” means “consolation, comfort.” The root has a meaning “to be relieved by taking vengeance” (Is. 1:24; 57:6), and this would be especially fitting for Nahum. Comfort and relief is brought to God’s people when he takes vengeance on their enemies!

Three takeaway points from the introductory sermon on Sunday are, 

  1. The book of Nahum teaches us that our conception of God is far too weak
  2. The book of Nahum teaches us that our conception of God is far too small 
  3. The book of Nahum teaches us that our conception of God is far too untrusting

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. You can also download the music using the iTunes links below: 

  1. God Undefeatable (iTunes)
  2. Refuge (iTunes)
  3. Lord I Need You (iTunes)
  4. Be Still My Soul (iTunes)
  5. In the Name of God (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: April 12, 2015

One of the more interesting and yet perplexing texts in all the New Testament occurs in Luke 24:13-35, which will be the subject of Pastor Caldwell’s sermon this week. In that text, Jesus encounters two disciples on the Emmaus Road who are pondering all that they have heard that morning, that the body of the Lord Christ was no longer in a tomb. Jesus chides them for their lack of faith in what Jesus has previously told them, that the Messiah must suffer, die, and rise from the dead. And then Luke records what Jesus does next: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself” (24:27). Jesus later says something similar to his disciples: “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (24:44). 

We can make a few preliminary observations concerning these statements before Sunday, first that Jesus here attests to the veracity of all of the Old Testament—it is true because it testifies about him in every part! Second, he mentions the 1) Law (Genesis–Deuteronomy), 2) the Prophets (Joshua, Judges, 1 Samuel–2 Kings, and the prophets [except for Daniel]), and 3) the Psalms (or, “Writings,” all the other books in the OT). These categories attest to the unity of the Old Testament. In the original Hebrew, the Old Testament was divided into three sections: Torah (Law), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings). These categories are sometimes referred to by the acronym, TaNaK. Jesus calls the latter section the “Psalms” since the book of Psalms is the largest book and major component of the “Writings.”

Third, Jesus makes the amazing statement all three sections of the OT “concern himself” and are “fulfilled” in him. This means that we can have absolute confidence in the Word of God for us. What he has declared beforehand concerns Jesus and has been fulfilled in Jesus. God’s plan from all eternity is to glorify himself through his Son, the risen Lord Jesus.

Pastor Caldwell’s outline for Luke 24:13-35, “The Road to Emmaus,” is as follows:

  1. A Meeting with Jesus (vv. 13-16)
  2. A Message from Jesus (vv. 17-27)
  3. A Meal with Jesus (vv. 28-32)
  4. A Mission for Jesus (vv. 33-35)

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. You can also download the music using the iTunes links below: 

  1. Holy (Jesus You Are) (iTunes
  2. Christ is Risen (iTunes)
  3. Jesus is Better (iTunes)
  4. Refuge (iTunes)
  5. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: April 5, 2015

Today is what we traditionally call Good Friday, the day in which we remember Jesus’ death on the cross three days prior to his resurrection. This Sunday we will celebrate Easter, or Resurrection Day, which also corresponds to the day of each week when we meet to worship. The Apostles began this tradition, calling Sunday “The Lord’s Day” since Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday (see Acts 20:7). For Christians, every day is a Resurrection Day because every day we are reminded that in Jesus’ death and resurrection we have life. Our life is tied to his, and without his life we are still dead in our trespasses and sins. Jesus himself said, “For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will” (John 5:21). 

In God’s good timing and providence, Pastor Caldwell’s text this week is from Luke 24:1-12. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. You can also download the music using the iTunes links below:

  1. Man of Sorrows (iTunes)
  2. Christ is Risen (iTunes)
  3. He Who is Mighty (iTunes)
  4. Grace So Glorious (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: March 29, 2015

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This weekend, March 27-29, we will be hosting the 13th Annual Spurgeon Conference with guest Dr. Danny Akin. If you are not familiar with Dr. Akin and his ministry, here is a quick profile:

Name: Dr. Danny Akin

Age: 58 (born January 2, 1957)

Why you’ve heard of him: A leading Baptist academic, Akin has used his platform to promote a greater commitment to expository preaching and missions, including calling for a Great Commission Resurgence among Southern Baptists.

Position: He is currently the sixth president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Previous: Akin began his career at Criswell College, where he taught and served as dean. Akin transitioned to SEBTS, where he served as an assistant professor and dean, before later joining the faculty at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2004, he returned to SEBTS as president.

Education: He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Criswell, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Books: Akin has authored, co-authored or edited numerous Bible commentaries and scholarly theological works, among his published books are: A Theology for the Church, God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas about Love, Intimacy, and Marriage, Vibrant Church: Becoming a Healthy Church in the 21st Century (co-authored with Thom Rainer), 10 Who Changed the World, and Christology: The Study of Christ.

Why he’s important: He has contributed much to the direction of the SBC and evangelicalism as a whole through his personal passions and academic works. As president of SEBTS, two centers have flourished under his leadership – one concerned with the intersection of faith and culture, the other focused on the Great Commission.

He has written and taught widely on sex and marriage, as well as preaching and teaching. Akin’s book Engaging Exposition, co-authored with Bill Curtis and Stephen Rummage, was named a book of the year by Preaching Today. His desire to see pastors and church leaders better understand and teach God’s Word led SEBTS to offer his hermeneutics course for free online.

Akin’s April 2009 chapel sermon entitled “Axiom’s for a Great Commission Resurgence” became a catalyst for the SBC to build upon the Conservative Resurgence and unify around a commitment to fulfilling the Great Commission. The movement called for a streamlining of denominational structures so that more funds could be designated toward mission efforts, particularly international ones. It culminated in the forming of a Great Commission Resurgence Task Force in 2009 and the adopting of the Task Force’s report at the SBC annual meeting in 2010.

Notable Quotes:
“When sex and marriage are experienced and enjoyed together as God intended, the joys and blessings that are ours are seldom, if ever, surpassed in this life.”
“What you say is more important than how you say it, but how you say it has never been more important.”
“God does not call everyone to leave home and go to the nations. But I am convinced He is calling more than are going.”
“God does not call all to be international or North American missionaries. However, He does call all to be fully engaged in the work of missions. He calls all of us to be Great Commission Christians.”
“We truly should pray not, ‘Lord, should I go?’ No, we should rather pray, ‘Lord, why should I stay?!’”

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Preparing for Worship: March 22, 2015

Pastor Caldwell will continue in Luke 23:50-56 this week, addressing in particular the faithfulness of God. In Jesus’ burial we see the reliability of God’s Word and his love in redeeming his people through the death of his Son. For the PM service Pastor Caldwell will go to Hebrews 13:17 and address how we must see the church through the eyes of God. Often we are tempted simply to see people in the church instead of seeing God. We are prone to lean on our own understanding and the arm of the flesh instead of trusting God’s words as God’s words. Those words are our life and sustenance. May we not neglect them. 

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. You can also download the music using the iTunes links below:

  1. God Undefeatable (iTunes)
  2. Behold the Christ (Bandcamp)
  3. Our Great God (iTunes)
  4. Be Still My Soul (iTunes)
  5. Romans 11 (Doxology) (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: March 15, 2015

Over the next couple of weeks Pastor Caldwell will be preaching on the burial and resurrection narrative in Luke 23-24. This Sunday he will focus on Luke 23:50-56 and “Why Christ’s Burial Matters,” highlighting the first point of this outline:

  1. The Burial of Jesus Demonstrates the Reality of His Death 
  2. The Burial of Jesus Demonstrates the Reward of His Death
  3. The Burial of Jesus Demonstrates the Reliability of God’s Word
  4. The Burial of Jesus Demonstrates the Faithfulness of God’s Love

Let us not lose sight of Jesus’ humanity. Jesus is fully human and yet fully God. But we should not commit an error in thinking that because Jesus is God that Jesus did not actually die a very real death. His burial by Joseph of Arimathea proves this point. In his death, Jesus was not separated in his essence or substance from the Father as the second person of the Trinity. Rather, Jesus’ divinely sustained humanity consciously experienced the full penalty of death for the sins of humanity. Jesus’ death was real. And the fact that his body was buried in a tomb bore witness to what the Jews, Pharisees, Romans, centurions, disciples, and others already knew: Jesus was dead. In the same way, after Jesus is raised to life after three days, his glorified body—a real body scarred from his crucifixion—now bears witness to all men everywhere: Jesus is alive. 

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. You can also download the music using the iTunes links below.

  1. Come Praise and Glorify (iTunes)
  2. Come Thou Fount (iTunes)
  3. No Greater Aim (iTunes)
  4. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery (iTunes)
  5. When I Survey (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: March 8, 2015

Pastor Caldwell’s sermon text for this week is on the crucifixion of Christ, from Luke 23:44-49:

  1. Behold the Signs (23:44-45)
  2. Behold the Son (23:46)
  3. Behold the Spectators (23:47-49)
Luke continues to emphasize the innocence of Jesus, who was true to the Father to the end. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. Songs can also be purchased from the iTunes links below:
  1. Your Great Name (iTunes)
  2. There is a Fountain (iTunes)
  3. It is Finished (iTunes)
  4. We Are the Body (iTunes)
  5. Grace So Glorious (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: March 1, 2015

Pastor Richard’s sermons this week will come from Luke 23:32-43. In the morning service he will focus on three things mentioned by Luke that take a look back to Old Testament pictures of the Messiah: he was numbered with transgressors, there were people gambling for his garments, and he was given vinegar for his drink. The outline is as follows: 

  1. The Question – “If you are…why don’t you save yourself” 
  2. The Answer – Forgiveness 
    1. The Prayer 
    2. The Promise

On Sunday night he will focusing on the forgiven criminal. 

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. Songs can also be purchased from the iTunes links below:

  1. New Again (Bandcamp)
  2. Psalm 62 (iTunes)
  3. We Are the Body (iTunes)
  4. Behold the Christ (Bandcamp)
  5. He Who is Mighty (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: February 22, 2015

We should at all times be amazed at the providence and sovereignty of God in salvation. For many, thinking of providence/sovereignty leads us to ponder our personal salvation, how we were drawn to God by God on the basis of God’s grace alone. Yet we could miss the providence of God in events of the death of Jesus, about the millions of small decisions along the way that made Israel’s leaders—Caiaphas, Pilate, etc.—to crucify the only person not deserving death. In our sermon this week, Pastor Caldwell will look at the providence of God in Simon of Cyrene (Luke 23:26), the man who was chosen by Roman soldiers to bear the cross of Jesus since Jesus could not bear it any longer due to his affliction. The verse reads, 

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.

In God’s grand plan, there happens to be a man observing the events of Jesus’ death (Mark calls him a “passerby”, Mark 15:21) who is in town from the surrounding countryside. This man is selected to bear the cross of the One who bears the sins of the whole world. Amazing providence indeed. These events should perhaps draw our minds to a couple of other passages in Luke, where Jesus uses the “cross” to illustrate personal discipleship:

Luke 9:23—If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Luke 14:27—Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. Songs can also be purchased from the iTunes links below:

  1. Song of Moses (iTunes)
  2. I Will Glory in My Redeemer (iTunes)
  3. Romans 11 (Doxology) (iTunes)
  4. In Christ Alone (iTunes)
  5. When I Survey (iTunes)

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Preparing for Worship: February 8, 2015

The two sermons this week will come from Luke 23:1-16, “Christ’s Innocence Proclaimed”:

  1. Christ Before Pilate (vv. 1-7)
  2. Christ Before Herod (vv. 8-12)
  3. Christ Vindicated (vv. 13-16)

Perhaps the substitutionary death of Jesus no longer shocks you because it is so familiar. We should pray together that in the next few weeks the sermons we will hear about Jesus’ death would wash over us anew. We must see the glory of Jesus’s death afresh. Behold the Christ!

 

Verse 1:

See all creation pure and bright
Abounding forth in radiant light
Eternal God who made our home
And made a people called his own

Verse 2:

See the darkness enter in
All of creation stained with sin
Oh, what could overcome the night
From heaven’s throne descends the light
From heaven’s throne descends the light

Chorus:

The hope of promises fulfilled
From prophets long foretold
The author of all life, Behold the Christ!
Descended down to men,
Then lifted up to die
Who crushed the grip of sin, Behold the Christ!

Verse 3:

See the Son lay down his life
The innocent for those defiled
Forgiveness we may now receive
O, Sinner, won’t you now believe
O, Sinner, won’t you now believe

Verse 4:

O’ see him coming for his bride
Wearing spotless robes of white
All of our sorrow is replaced
With joy, as we behold his face
With joy, as we behold his face

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here. Songs can also be purchased from the iTunes links below:

  1. Jesus Paid it All (iTunes)
  2. All Creatures of Our God and King (iTunes)
  3. All Glory Be to Christ (Bandcamp)
  4. How Deep the Father’s Love (iTunes)
  5. Behold the Christ (Bandcamp)

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