Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Battle Is the Lord's

With all the deceptive spirits roaming the land, you might think Christians should find a deep cave and see how we do as trolls for a few generations. But such a spirit of fear is not from the Lord. In the face of the spirit of error, we have tremendous confidence, for the Spirit of God is in us, and he is greater than all. Join us this Lord's Day to lay hold of the great confidence that is ours in Christ.

Joy to the World (92)
Angels We Have Heard on High (89)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (94)
What Child Is This? (103)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:25-49; Psalm 16
New Testament: John 19:31-42

Confident Conquerors in Christ - 1 John 4:1-6

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Jesus Christ has Come in the Flesh

"True God of true God,
Light of light eternal,
Lo, he abhors not the virgin's womb.
Son of the Father, begotten not created.

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ, the Lord."

This is what we will sing this Lord's Day, and in this way we will confess with joy that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. But why is this confession a touchstone for testing the spirits? How does it work in our lives?

Besides confessing that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, we will also consider carefully how this confession gives us discernment. Join us!

O Come, All Ye Faithful (88)
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (87)
God's Son Given (101)
To Us a Child of Hope Is Born (114)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 4:1-24; Psalm 89:1-4, 35-37
New Testament: John 19:23-30

Jesus Christ Has Come in the Flesh - 1 John 4:1-6

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Test the Spirits

Having God's Spirit of love does not mean that we just accept every person and every teaching that comes along. The Scripture will not allow us such naivety. This Lord's Day we will learn to test the spirits in order to discern the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (90). We begin by confessing that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. 
My Soul Be on Thy Guard (595). We remind one another to watch out for any who would draw us away from Christ.
Rejoice, Believer, in the Lord (627). We rejoice in the victory God gives us.
He Who Would Valiant Be (507). We close with Bunyan's reminder to be valiant in this present world.

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 3:18-29; Psalm 143
New Testament: John 19:1-22

Test the Spirits - 1 John 4:1-6

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Oh Give Thanks to the Lord

Dear HCBC Family and Friends,

Giving thanks to the Lord is the best way to make known that he is God, and we have a special opportunity to do just that tomorrow. I hope you have been thinking on the Lord’s steadfast love and faithfulness this week in order to stir up your hearts to praise him.

When we meet, we will base our response to the Lord on Psalm 107 (see below). I would encourage you to read through that psalm this evening, either personally or with your family.

We will follow our service of thanksgiving with a thanksgiving feast! During that time, we would like to hear testimonies from you of what the Lord has done for your soul this year.

The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised. May the Spirit give us the grace to do that together tomorrow.

Service of Thanksgiving
Call to Worship (Reading Psalm 107:1-3 in unison)
Choir: I Will Give Thanks
Psalm 107:4-9 - The Lord satisfies the longing soul.
Hymn: Psalm 23b
Psalm 107:10-16 - The Lord cuts in two the bars of iron.
Hymn: From Depths of Woe (337)
Psalm 107:17-22 - The Lord sends out his word and heals our sins.
Amazing Grace (setting by Richard Barber)
Psalm 107:23-32 - The Lord brings us safely to the desired haven.
Hymn: We Gather Together (709)
Psalm 107:33-42 - Gladness for the Lord's great works
Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God (5)
Psalm 107:43 (Reading in unison)

Sermon: Giving Thanks for Fellowship with God - 1 John

The Lord's Supper
Hymn: Psalm 117b

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Life of Prayer

The Christian life is a life of joyful dependence upon God demonstrated in prayer. Join us tomorrow to enjoy that communion with God.

Psalm 95
Behold the Throne of Grace (670)
Lord Jesus Christ, We Seek Thy Face (667)
Our Great Savior (434)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 3:1-17; Psalm 135
New Testament: John 18:28-40

Confident Communion: Whatever We Ask We Receive - 1 John 3:21-22

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Assuring Our Hearts

There is no deeper torture than a tormented conscience, and there is no greater peace than confidence before God. Real confidence before God is exactly what the Scripture intends to give us tomorrow. Join us.

Arise, My Soul, Arise! (174)
Psalm 42
It Is Well with My Soul (371)
The Name High Over All (31)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 2:16-37; Psalm 41
New Testament: John 18:15-27

Assuring Our Hearts - 1 John 3:19-24

Saturday, November 01, 2014

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Manners


Yes, manners. Manners matter. God cares about our manners, for through them we demonstrate love to God and others or we demonstrate indifference and desecration. Decorum always has moral implications.

Join us tomorrow as we continue our quest to love God and others with real love that shapes our entire lives.

O for a Heart to Praise My God (70)
Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart (193)
Holy Spirit, Lead Us Now (198)
Rejoice! Rejoice, Believers (191)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 2:1-15; Psalm 40
New Testament: John 18:1-14

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Manners - 1 John 3:11-18

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Love Does No Wrong

The way I figure it, if the one who loves his brother abides in the light (1 John 2:10), then it is pretty important to love my brother. Because it is so important, we've been fixing our attention on what it looks like to love, not in word or talk, but in deed and truth. Tomorrow, we will consider what love has to do with our morals, since "love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 12:10).

Give to Our God Immortal Praise (53)
Psalm 1
Take Time to Be Holy (469)
Christian Hearts in Love United

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 1:1-25; Psalm 15
New Testament: John 17:1-12

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Morals - 1 John 3:16-18; Romans 12:8-10

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Love in Deed and Truth

The Word of God tells us not to love in word or talk but "in deed and truth." We must love in actions which are true actions, actions which participate in truth. We must love in truth which issues in right actions. Now that the Scripture has taught us what it means to love in deed and truth, we need to do the hard work of applying it faithfully to every area of life, starting with our worship. Join us to practice loving in deed and truth.

Holy, Holy, Holy (3)
Psalm 148a
O Worship the King (46)
Glory Be to God the Father (72)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 36:1-13; Psalm 29
New Testament: John 16:16-33

How to Love in Deed and Truth in Our Worship - 1 John 3:16-18; 1 Corinthians 14:40

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Announcing "A Conservative Christian Declaration"

I'm delighted that A Conservative Christian Declaration is now in print, thanks to Scott Aniol's leadership. You can order the book at here, or you can go to the Religious Affections Ministries website for more information.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

How to Lay Down Our Lives for the Brothers

We want to keep the new commandment, "Love one another." But in order to do that, we must learn to love. Join us this Lord's Day, and the following ones, to pursue love.

O Worship the King (46)
May the Mind of Christ My Savior (476)
More Love to Thee (477)
Christian Hearts in Love United

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 34:1-29; Psalm 85
New Testament: John 15:1-11

How to Lay Down Our Lives for the Brothers in our Church - 1 John 3:16-18 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Thine Be the Glory

Three and a half years ago we held our first service at Colorado Springs Charter Academy. Tomorrow we will hold our last service there, for the Lord has amazingly given us our own property now. We closed that first service with the song "Thine Be the Glory," and we will close our service tomorrow with the same most appropriate hymn.

Come prepared tomorrow to give God the glory for all that he has done and for all that we have to look forward to as we attempt great things for his name's sake.

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (69)
I Sing the Mighty Power of God (19)
Fairest Lord Jesus (21)
Thine Be the Glory (162)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 33:38-56; Psalm 68:11-18
New Testament: John 14:15-31

Worship in Missions - Jeff Smith

Friday, August 01, 2014

Live Like Your Father

God has lavished great love on us to make us his children, and we have the hope before us of seeing him as he is. But all who are God's children have God's character. They live like their Father. What does your life say about whose child you are?

I invite you to join us at High Country Baptist Church this Lord's Day as we seek to live up to all that we are as God's children.

Praise Him! Praise Him! (12)
Arise, My Soul, Arise (174)
Psalm 1
Lord, How Delightful (726)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 31:25-54; Psalm 126
New Testament: John 13:1-20

How the Children of God Live - 1 John 3:4-10

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Open Your Eyes

Love is at the heart of life with God, for God is love. The Scripture calls upon us to see that love which will transform our lives. Join us to pursue that vision.

Lord Jesus Christ, We Seek Thy Face (667)
How Glorious Zion's Courts Appear (631)
On Jordan's Stormy Banks (649)
Praise the Savior (17)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 30:1-16; Psalm 124
New Testament: John 12:12-26

Behold What Love! - 1 John 3:1-3