Friday, June 25, 2010
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (tune)
O Worship the King (#46)
Holy Savior, We Adore Thee (#73)
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (#249)
Amazing Grace (#247)
Glory Be to God the Father (#72)
1 Chronicles 16
Arise and Build: Constructing Our Corporate Worship
Psalm 66:1-2; Revelation 5
Friday, June 18, 2010
All Creatures of Our God and King (#59)
Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness (#400)
Jehovah Tsidkenu (#385)
From Depths of Woe (#337)
Salvation! O My Soul Rejoice! (#291)
Hark! the Gospel News Is Sounding (#293)
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Most church plants don't last that long.
Most pastors don't last that long in one church.
By the grace of God, HCBC is still serving the Lord as a body, and we are still ministering here. It's a great privilege. We love all the folks at HCBC and are so thankful for your Spirit-wrought faithfulness!
Praise be to God!
"Why you need to be in a church this Sunday"
Friday, June 11, 2010
Who is the honest man?
He that doth still and strongly good pursue,
To God, his neighbor, and himself most true:
Whom neither force nor fawning can
Unpin, or wrench from giving all their due.
Whose honesty is not
So loose or easy, that a ruffling wind
Can blow away, or glittering look it blind:
Who rides his sure and even trot,
While the world now rides by, now lags behind.
Who, when great trials come,
Nor seeks, nor shuns them; but doth calmly stay,
Till he the thing and the example weigh:
All being brought into a sum,
What place or person calls for, he doth pay.
Whom none can work or woo
To use in any thing a trick or sleight,
For above all things he abhors deceit:
His words and works and fashion too
All of a piece, and all are clear and straight.
Who never melts or thaws
At close temptations: when the day is done,
His goodness sets not, but in dark can run:
The sun to others writeth laws,
And is their virtue; Virtue is his Sun.
Who, when he is to treat
With sick folks, women, those whom passions sway,
Allows for that, and keeps his constant way:
Whom others’ faults do not defeat;
But though men fail him, yet his part doth play.
Whom nothing can procure,
When the wide world runs bias from his will,
To writhe his limbs, and share, not mend the ill.
This is the Mark-man, safe and sure,
Who still is right, and prays to be so still.
So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem. Then the priests and the Levites arose and blessed the people, and their voice was heard, and their prayer came to his holy habitation in heaven (2 Chron 30:26-27).
Our worship, too, ought to be filled with great joy, blessing, and prayer. Most of all, we look for the Lord to hear in heaven. Join us this Lord's Day as we lift our voices to him!
I Sing the Mighty Power of God (#19)
O for a Heart to Praise My God (#70)
Hallelujah! What a Savior (#128)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (#137)
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today (#156)
Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove (#211)
2 Chronicles 30
The Architecture of Our Worship (Part 3): Rejoicing in Our New Covenant Relationship with God as 21st Century American Believers
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
The Architect stood forth and said: “I am the master of the art;
I have a thought within my head, I have a dream within my heart.
Come now, good craftsman, ply your trade with tool and stone obediently;
Behold the plan that I have made—I am the master; serve you me.”
The Craftsman answered: “Sir, I will, yet look to it that this your draft
Be of a sort to serve my skill—you are not the master of the craft.
It is by me the towers grow tall, I lay the course, I shape and hew;
You make a little inky scrawl, and that is all that you can do.
Account me, then, the master man, lay my rigid rule upon the plan,
and that which serves the plan—the uncomplaining, helpless stone.”
The Stone made answer: “Masters mine, know this: that I can bless or damn
The thing that both of you design by being but the thing I am;
For I am granite and not gold, for I am marble and not clay,
You may not hammer me or mould—I am the master of the way.
Yet once that mastery bestowed then I will suffer patiently
The cleaving steel, the crushing load, that make a calvary of me;
And you may carve me with your hand to arch and buttress, roof and wall,
Until the dream rise up and stand—serve but the stone, the stone serves all.
Let each do well what each knows best, nothing refuse and nothing shirk,
Since none is master of the rest, but all are servants of the work—
The work no master may subject save He to whom the whole is known,
Being Himself the Architect, the Craftsman and the Cornerstone.
Then when the greatest and the least have finished all their labouring
And sit together at the feast you shall behold a wonder thing:
The Maker of the men that make will stoop between the cherubim,
The towel and the basin take, and serve the servants who serve Him.”
The Architect and Craftsman, both, agreed the Stone had spoken well;
Bound them to service by an oath and each to his own labour fell.
Source: Toward a Renewed Culture of Building by Philip Bess
Friday, June 04, 2010
Come Christians, Join to Sing (#67)
'Tis the Christ (#150)
Arise, My Soul, Arise (#174)
Before the Throne of God Above (#177)
Glory Be to God the Father (#72)
Crown Him with Many Crowns (#52)
The Architecture of Our Worship: Rejoicing in our New Covenant Relationship (Part 2)
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
We have worked our way up to the middle of the seventeenth century with the London Baptist Confession of 1644. At the very time that the Baptists were attempting to prove their orthodoxy, England was in a civil war between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians. The English parliament called an assembly of Puritan theologians to draw up a confession of faith which would reform the Church of England and would also secure the alliance of the Scots. The result was the Westminster Confession of Faith, one of the most influential Presbyterian confessions in the world to this day.
The WCF spread its influence to the Congregationalists and Baptists, who adopted revised versions of this confession in 1658 and 1677, respectively. The 1677 Baptist confession was later republished in 1689 after the Act of Toleration, and it has become a major confession of English-speaking Baptists on both sides of the Atlantic, known as the Second London Baptist Confession. Since I have already posted the 2LBC on this blog in the past (beginning here), I will not re-post the entire confession. Another good source for the entire confession can be found here, at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
On this blog, I plan to move on to more recent expressions of faith and their impact on Christianity in our nation. But allow me to mention here one important point. We do not exist in a vacuum. We cannot, nor should we, attempt to reinvent Christianity from scratch, as if it would be more pure because we did it instead of someone else. HCBC is a conservative church, which means that we intentionally strive to conserve the best of what has come before for the sake of those who will come after. We do not look at these confessions as if they were the end of the conversation, but we do not think that we can carry on the conversation intelligently and spiritually if we do not learn from those who have run the race before us.