My sermon on Revelation 19, explaining the imagery of "Crown Him with Many Crowns," is now online here.
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My teaching through Charitie Lees Bancroft's hymn, "Before the Throne of God Above," is now available here.
Last Sunday, my sermon outline was John Newton's hymn "Faith's Review and Expectation" (which we know as Amazing Grace).
Find out why, here.
Psalms & Hymns of Reformed Worship is the modern-day version of the original "Our Own Hymn-Book" published by Charles Spurgeon's Metropolitan Baptist Church in the mid 19th century. It is a fully modern hymnal which purports to follow the ethos and style of the original. Just like OOHB, it features many hymns centered on our union and intimacy with Jesus. It also features many hymns by Charles Wesley, which is somewhat unusual in such an outspoken particular Baptist collection of hymns. It is the original hymnal that started Reformed Praise founder David Ward on the quest of writing new tunes to precious old hymn texts.
Buy the words only edition
Buy the music edition
Ok -- so you were thinking that this blog was dead!
In April of 2008 (!), Stephen Nichols predicts the "Hymn of the Century." Thoughts, brothers?
Currently, we take the Lord's Supper together once a month. We pass out the elements and take them together as a family.
I'm not a fan of taking the Lord's Supper individually. Jesus instituted the Supper with his disciples corporately. We only see it practiced in the New Testament corporately. It seems best to be me that we celebrate the Lord's Supper as a body, just as we will celebrate the Marriage Feast of the Lamb as one body.
I don't think that this poses any tension between emphasizing communion with other believers and communion with Christ. I think that there is ground for saying that at least some aspects of my communion with Christ occur in and with my communion with the body of Christ. When we strip the Lord's Supper of its corporate setting, we are missing something very important.
Brothers, we are looking at different ways to celebrate the Lord's Supper at Grace Church. We do it weekly. Lately we have been passing out the elements and taking them, one at a time, together. What other ways have you done it? What do you prefer? Do you prefer approaches that emphasize our communion with each other or our communion with Christ Himself? How do we keep both in tension?
I'd encourage our readers to consider attending The Northbrook Conference, October 13-14 at our church in Cedar Rapids. We'll be learning about "The Church: Temple of the Holy Spirit or Tower of Babel?" from Jim Hamilton. Should be a great time to learn to be a people for his glory!
Since we are Doxologue (which might be translated "discussions on glory"), I thought I'd link to my sermon last week which outlines the glory of God in the story of redemption. My attempt to remind myself and the church why God does all that he does.
A few helpful links on corporate prayer:
Bob Kauflin posts a corporate prayer of confession from WorshipGod06.
Jim Hamilton discusses corporate prayers, especially prayers of supplication.
David and Kevin, what sort of corporate prayers are incorporated into your congregational worship services?