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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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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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