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Worship God in Song

Text: Various
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 30, 2014

It is sad that music, which God has given to unite us in worship, has so often divided believers.  Churches have split over changes in the musical style used in worship.  Many churches have separate services for different musical tastes and preferences.

What does God’s all-sufficient Word teach us about the use of music in corporate worship?  Should we only sing the Psalms?  Which instruments, if any, are appropriate?  What is the proper function of the worship leader and musicians in a worship service?  Is there a musical style which is most appropriate for worship?   How is our signing different from the songs of the world?

A Frustrated Assurance

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Speaker: Josh Henson
Date: November 23, 2014

A evening service sermon from Josh Henson.

Paul’s Heart for the Local Churches

Text: Ephesians 3:7-11
Speaker: Phillip Marshall
Date: November 23, 2014

A Sunday morning sermon from Phillip Marshall, Founders Baptist Church.

Christ’s Death for Us

Text: Romans 5:6-11
Speaker: Ryan Wentzal
Date: November 16, 2014

A Sunday evening sermon from Ryan Wentzal.

Worship that Pleases God

Text: Acts 2:42, John 4:23-24
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 16, 2014

When people visit a church they often are looking for certain things in the worship – the style of music (contemporary, traditional or blended), the preaching (expository, topical, gospel-centered, practical), the frequency of communion, etc.  Many of us have biblical convictions about worship.  All of us have preferences.

Have you ever asked yourself what kind of worship does God like?

We believe that the infallible and sufficient Bible tells us how we are to worship God (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

The New Testament reveals “elements” which should be included in our worship.  We believe that it would be wrong to leave these out or to add to them.

There are also “circumstances” in worship – areas in which we have freedom (such as the time we meet, the length of the service, the number of songs, etc.).

In this sermon I explain how New Covenant worship differs from Old Covenant worship because of the work of Christ, and then show what the New Testament reveals about both the elements which should be included in our worship.  We also think about how we should arrange the circumstances of worship so that our meetings will be orderly, intelligible and edifying.

May God help us to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

The Priority and Purpose of Worship

Text: John 4:19-26
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 9, 2014

For the next couple of weeks we will be taking a break from Luke as we address the subject of worship.  Is worship primarily for God or for us?  Do we come to church primarily to give or to receive?  Many of us are concerned when churches focus their worship on pleasing a human audience rather honoring God.  But there is a sense in which we receive far more from worship than we give.  The key issue is what are we seeking when we come to worship.  Do we see worship as a means to receive more of what the world offers (pleasure, success wealth)?  Or do we worship to gain what we most need from God – to be spiritually strengthened so that we can more fully grasp the greatness of His glory and His love (Eph. 3:14-21)?

In Remembrance of Me, Part II

Text: Various
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: November 2, 2014

An evening service sermon from Craig Marshall.  This sermon provides three additional observations of the relationship of the Passover to the Lord’s Supper which Craig was unable to fit into the sermon he preached Sunday morning October 26, 2014.

The Vanity of Human Wisdom

Text: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: November 2, 2014

In this sermon we will be finishing the first Chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes.  The message is entitled The Vanity of Human Wisdom, looks at verses 12-18.  In this text Solomon addresses the futility of attempting to find comprehensive meaning for human life, effort, and its assorted labors from the perspective of earthly, man-centered wisdom.  He concludes that his labor was about as successful as attempting to catch the “wind“.  It was an impossible quest and proved unsuccessful.  His search provided no meaningful answers.  This is sobering to consider when we remember that the wisest man who ever lived was the one about this task; and he struck out!

All of us at times groan under the weight (“business” in vs. 13 “burden” how appropriate!) of unanswered questions for the meaning of life’s pressures and problems and inconsistencies.  There are many situations that remain unanswered for us!  The life lived “under the sun” is often a mystery.  At times we find ourselves desperately searching for answers to things that God is not pleased to reveal: Things our text states are “crooked” and things for which information is often “lacking“.  The good news for believers, those living both “under the sun” and in The Son, is that we can trust our worries and fears to Him and not be excessively burdened by the fallen wisdom of a world living in rebellion against Him.

I would invite you to carefully read the Book of Ecclesiastes, looking for clues as to why even in this book, great hope for us all remains.

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