Friday, December 27, 2013

All Nations Will Worship

Jesus left us with instructions to make disciples of all nations. We look forward to the day when "all nations will come and worship" the Lord, because his "righteous acts have been revealed" (Rev 15:4). 2013 has been a year in which HCBC learned to worship in such a way as to teach the nations to worship, and we will close out our corporate worship for the year with a recapitulation of the glorious truths that enable us to exalt Jesus as the saving Lord in all of life. Jesus is Lord!

God Himself Is Present
Come, Children, Learn to Fear the Lord (tune: Azmon)
Come, Ye that Fear the Lord (tune: St. Thomas)
Psalm 150

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 12:1-16; Psalm 150
New Testament: Luke 24:36-53

Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: All Nations Will Come and Worship - Revelation 15:3-4; etc.

P.S. Don't forget our business meeting and prayer meeting in the afternoon. There is no better way to finish the year than in united prayer!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Seeing Grace and Truth

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, 
and we have seen his glory, 
glory as of the only Son from the father, 
full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

Friday, December 20, 2013

O Worship the King

When the King of kings was born, God miraculously moved pagan magi to worship him. All the while the petty tyrant Herod, after hearing the very word of God on the matter, could only feign worship in a frantic effort to kill him. The revelation of the Ruler forces upon us the issue of worship. How will you respond to Jesus?

Joy to the World (92)
O Holy Night (100)
Away in a Manger (112)
To Us a Child of Hope Is Born (114)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 11:16-35; Psalm 147
New Testament: Luke 24:13-35

Worship the King - Matthew 2:1-12

Friday, December 13, 2013

Education and the Knowledge of the Holy One

The entire book of Proverbs is a book on education. How could it not be, if it directs us to the knowledge of the Holy One? Join us this Lord's Day to learn.

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (90)
Angels from the Realms of Glory (111)
The First Noel (98)
Silent Night! Holy Night! (109)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 11:1-17; Psalm 146
New Testament: Luke 24:1-12

Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: Education and the Knowledge of the Holy One - Proverbs

P.S. While we are on the topic, you should check out Douglas Wilson's Why Christian Kids Need a Christian Education. The Kindle edition is only $2.99.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A View of Education in Boston in 1708

The City, a publication of Houston Baptist University, reprints a portion of a letter which accompanied Cotton Mather's book The Education of Children, published in 1708.

A good school deserves to be call'd, the very salt of the town, that hath it: And the Pastors of every town are under peculiar obligations to make this a part of their Pastoral Care that they may have a Good School in their Neighborhood....

But we shall never long retain the Gospel, without the help of Learning....

My Fathers and Brethren, If you have any Love to God and Christ and Posterity; let Godly Schools be more Encouraged. Let Well-Ordered and well-instructed and well-maintained Schools, be the Honour and the Defence of our Land. Let Learning, and all the Helps and Means of it, be precious in our Esteem and by Learning, let the Interests of thy Gospel so prevail, that we may be made wise unto Salvation. Save us, O Our Lord Jesus Christ. Save us from the Mischiefs and Scandals of an Uncultivated Offspring; let this be a land of light, unto Thou.

You can see it here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A View of Education near Boston around 1646

2. Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him (Prov. 2:3). 

3. Every one shall so exercise himselfe in reading the Scriptures twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in Theoreticall observations of Language and Logick, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his Tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130).

From Harvard College's Rules and Precepts

Friday, December 06, 2013

Money and God

In our sermon entitled "Loving Wisdom," based on Proverbs 8, we said that wisdom entails being able to connect every aspect of life with Jesus Christ. We are going to continue our search for this kind of wisdom this Lord's Day by considering our money and the knowledge of the Holy One. How can we seek Christ in all of our producing, using, exchanging, and giving material goods? Join us to find out.

O Come, All Ye Faithful (88)
Angels We Have Heard on High (89)
What Child Is This? (103)
Who Is He in Yonder Stall? (120)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Numbers 10:11-36; Psalm 145
New Testament: Luke 23:44-56

Worship, Wisdom, and Work series: Your Money and the Knowledge of the Holy One - Proverbs