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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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Preparing for Worship: January 5, 2014

The New Year is here. For many this means personal reflection and renewed commitment: what can I do to help better myself for my new year?

Can I implore parents to stave off personal New Years resolutions for a moment and concentrate on their kids?

In thinking about this we can look to one of the central texts of the Old Testament—if not the central text—which is Deuteronomy 6:4-6:

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, The Lord is one. You shall love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And theses words shall be on your heart.

No doubt, most Christians know this verse very well. But have you ever stopped there without reading on to verses 7-9?

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The natural outflow of loving God with heart/soul/strength is telling others about this love, or about the object of that love. For those with young children in their families, is it too much to ask Christian parents to imbibe the the notion of teaching their children about God and his way? Indeed, is it too much to ask them to do it in the home and with regularity?

Many parents work late into the night, and so making it their daily routine to read and teach the Bible to their children is more difficult (though not insurmountable). But too many parents are just lazy, too lazy to take 15 minutes of time before bed to pass the truth on to their children because they are more interested in TV and iPhone time free from distraction. We should be chided for our laziness. I want to encourage you to renew your commitment to your family this year. Let the Word be part of your daily routine. Let it be like an aroma in your house, and part of every full day: when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

Our text this week is from Luke 17:22-37, which you can read here. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. Come Thou a Almighty King
2. The Solid Rock
3. 10,000 Reasons
4. O Great God.

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Preparing for Worship: December 29, 2013

The sermon text for this week is from Luke 17:11-19, which you can read here.

This is the last Sunday of 2013. Isn’t that hard to believe? Each year seems to go by so quickly, and the biblical notion that “life is a vapor” comes into focus at every years end. In terms of your bible intake, how would you rate yourself in 2013? While I’m not trying to elicit a canned or pitiful response, it’s a fair question that we should consider often—”examine yourselves,” as Paul says. I would encourage you to consider making “daily bible intake” your goal in 2014. There are a number resources to help motivate you to do this with regularity and persistence. Justin Taylor has provided a lot of these at this link.

Let it be your goal in 2014 to “bleed bibline,” as Spurgeon would say.

Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. God Undefeatable
2. It is Well with My Soul
3. All I Have is Christ
4. Trust You
5. Sovereign Over Us.

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Preparing for Worship: December 22, 2013

It is a joy to be in a worship service around Christmas time. All of the sights, sounds, and smells of the season converge when God’s people gather and sing with gusto, “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!”, or, “Come and worship! Come and worship! Worship Christ the newborn king!”

There are two opportunities in the coming days to gather for worship and sing about the Savior’s birth. This Sunday evening at 6:30pm the Children and Adult Choirs will be leading the congregation in Christmas songs. Then, on Christmas Eve at 5:00pm we will hold a candlelight service in which we will focus the person and work of Christ in typical “carols and lessons” format. Both services should be encouraging to you and your family!

The sermon text for Sunday is Psalm 32, which you can read here.

Songs that the choir will lead in the evening service can be found in a playlist here:
1. Joy to the World (Shout for Joy)
2. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (King of Heaven)
3. Prepare Him Room
4. Christmas Offering
5. This is Love (Come Thou Long Expected Jesus)
6. O Come All Ye Faithful (We Adore You).

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Preparing for Worship: December 15, 2013

The sermon text for this week is from Luke 17, which you can read here.

There are a number of core Christian truths that are found in the first 4 verses. Jesus uses one of his “better than” sayings (cf. Matt 5:29-30; 18:6-9; 26:24; Mark 9:42-47; 14:21) to make the important point that if a person causes a brother or sister to sin, he is no better than the rich man in the previous parable (16:19-31). “Woe” to the person through whom the temptation comes! Temptations to sin are a given, which is part of living in a fallen and broken world. True disciples of Jesus, therefore, should be supporting one another, and helping one another overcome sin. How might one support a brother or sister who is tempted to sin? Jesus gives an example in verses 3-4. If he/she sins, we should rebuke them, which is the most loving thing we can do in that situation. And if he/she exhibits true repentance, Jesus says to forgive them. How many times? Everytime. Genuine faith will manifest itself in genuine repentance.

It is hard not to think about some of Jesus’ final words on the cross when we read Luke 17:1-4. Forgiveness was on his heart even as he as dying: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). Therefore, we should be like Christ, lovingly forgiving those who fall into sin or even sin against us.

Songs that we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
1. Come Praise and Glorify
2. God of Wonders
3. Lord of Lords
4. Your Love, Oh Lord
5. Shine Into Our Night.

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Preparing for Worship: December 8, 2013

The Christmas season calls for believers to focus not only on what is in the past but also what is in the future. Jesus’ incarnation is certainly past—Jesus came to earth! But Christmas is also a time for patient waiting and hopeful expectation—Jesus will come again! This idea is expressed perfectly in the song, “A Day of Glory,” which reflects on the “day of promise” of which the OT prophets looked forward (i.e., the day when Jesus arrived in his first advent), and also on the “day of glory,” when God will establish his eternal kingdom on earth with Jesus at its head. Isaiah wrote about both advents: a first, inaugurated advent (advent means “coming”), and a second, end-of-time advent. In Isaiah 9:6, the prophet writes,

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

And yet in Isaiah 60:1-3, he writes about a future advent:

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.

So in thinking about both advents, let us keep Jesus as the center and greatest treasure of this season. Let us look back on what he has done in his first coming, and look forward to what he will do when he comes again.

The sermon text this week is from Luke 16:10ff., which you can read here.

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

  1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  2. O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. You Are Worthy
  4. In the Name of God
  5. Abide with Me

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship.

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Preparing for Worship: December 1, 2013

In thinking on the Thanksgiving Day now behind us, I was encouraged by the following prayer from a collection of Puritan devotionals, “Valley of Vision“:

O My God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart, crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created, for adorning it, for sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;

for the body thou hast given me, for preserving its strength and vigour, for providing senses to enjoy delights, for the ease and freedom of my limbs, for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;

for thy royal bounty providing my daily support, for a full table and overflowing cup, for appetite, taste, sweetness, for social joys of relatives and friends, for ability to serve others, for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities, for a mind to care for my fellow-men, for opportunities of spreading happiness around, for loved ones in the joys of heaven, for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express, for what thou art to thy creatures. Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

What a beautifully written prayer! I hope that it ministers to your heart as it did to mine over the last few days. Songs we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. Trisagion
3. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
4. Our Great God
5. How Sweet and Aweful is the Place

Josh Philpot
Pastor of Worship.

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Preparing for Worship: November 24, 2013

Last week, Pastor Caldwell began a study on Luke 15 and the “prodigal son.” He ably demonstrated that the parable is not about the lost son, per se, and that the thrust of the passage is more about both sons of the father instead of just the one. Indeed, verses 25-32 focus explicity on the “other” son who stays on with his father and works in the field. This son is jealous and has no concept of the love that his father is showing to his prodigal brother. His heart is hardened when he sees how his father reacts to the lost son. After all, he never demanded an early birthright; he stayed in the home and worked diligently! Why isn’t he getting a reward for his actions? As a result, the older son does not experience same sort of grace, mercy, and joy being given to his brother. He has no sense of forgiveness, and thus no love for the “salvation” of the lost.

It is interesting that at the end of the parable Jesus equates the son’s return with resurrection. The son was “lost but now found,” to be sure. But he was also “dead, and is alive.” This parallels our experience of salvation in Christ, which is “already,” but “not-yet” fully realized. When a person comes to the Father—confessing his sin and placing his faith solely in the finished work of Jesus—he is saved. He is justified before God because of Christ, and regenerated by the Holy Spirit for righteous living. He is no longer under condemnation (Rom 8:1) even though he was once dead in his sins (Eph 2:1). He is made alive together with Christ, raised up to be seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Eph 2:6). All of this is what has “already” happened to those who place their faith in Jesus.

But there is a final salvation that is “not yet” realized. This is the time when Christ returns to establish his kingdom on earth, and to abolish every rule, authority, and power, and finally defeat sin for all time. Paul says that Christ’s resurrection from the dead is the “firstfruits,” and only at his second coming will “those who belong to Christ” receive their final salvation, the redemption of their bodies (1 Cor 15).

I’m looking forward to studying the remainder of Luke 15 with you. Songs that we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:

1. Always
2. It is Well with My Soul
3. Before the Throne of God Above
4. Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Josh Philpot
Pastor for Worship.

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The Principle of Love in Evangelism

Many methods, programs and conferences have been created to stir up the church to evangelize. While many are helpful and serve their necessary purpose, we can often complicate why and how to evangelize and overlook a simple principle that is a central theme in the scriptures—love.

In what ways does love influence our evangelistic efforts? There are two primary ways in which love will motivate us.

1. Love motivates us to seek God’s glory

One of the biggest temptations as we evangelize will be self-preservation. The thought of being verbally or physically assaulted makes most of us fearful; however, a love for God’s glory and his name will embolden us to set aside our own physical comfort with a single desire to please him (see 1 Timothy 2: 3-4). This means the supreme object of our heart is God and his approval rather than
seeking the praise and approval of men (Galatians 1:10).

2. Love motivates us to seek souls

Just as Christ was moved with compassion and wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41). And just as Paul was full of anguish and wished that he be accursed from Christ so that his kinsmen would be saved (Romans 9:3), our love should also stir us up as we consider the plight of the lost. It was love that motivated God to send his Son to save us, and this same love has been poured out into our hearts (Romans 5:5).

So more than just a method or 5-step process, true and biblical evangelism requires the love of Christ. Through regeneration, the Holy Spirit gives us a love that is actively pursuing the glory of God and the souls of men. My prayer is that God will give Founders Baptist Church a love that will not rest until his name is known in all of Spring, TX and a love that is willing to spend and be spent for the souls of men.

Richard Guerra.

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