Archive for June, 2008


Stewardship: God Gives

Stewardship is undoubtedly one of the subjects that people are often least enthusiastic to study. Yet, Jesus devoted roughly 25% of his words in the Gospels to our resources and our stewardship of them. This includes some 28 passages in the Gospels. And, in the Old and New Testaments combined there are over 800 verses on the subject on topics ranging from planning and budgeting, saving and investing, debt and tithing. Furthermore, money and wealth and possessions are the greatest idols in our culture and there is simply no way to be a disciple of Jesus who does not learn to worship God with our stewardship.

Join us Friday, June 27th, at 244 Berding Street in Ferndale for the twelth message in Mars Hill Church’s Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe series, entitled Stewardship:God Gives. Dinner begins at 6:00, teaching begins around 7:00. Childcare will be available.


Unceasing Worship & Harold Best

Here’s a few more resources regarding worship and idolatry from author Dr. Harold Best.

Dr. Harold Best Homepage– articles, bio, etc.


Unceasing Worship– Harold Best- Widely respected as one of the foremost thinkers and practitioners in his field, Best explores the full scope of worship as continuous outpouring in all settings and contexts. With careful exposition and eloquent analysis, Best casts a holistic vision for worship that transcends narrow discussions of musical style or congregational preference.


Continuous Worship: Is “Worship” the Only Word for Worship?- audio/video

Continuous Worship: Jesus the Sole Mediator of Worship and the Helplessness of Music- audio/video

The Arts in Worship: Can’t Art Just Be Art?

Art For The Church; Art From The Church, Art Facing The Church

What Creative People Can Learn From The Creation


Idolatry & The Heart

At Friday Night last night we spent some time in discussion after watching the Worship: God Transforms sermon. The main topic was about idolatry, the fact that our hearts are “idol factories,” and are, like the hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing says, “prone to wander…prone to leave the God [we] love.” The two passages of Scripture that we read to contrast worship and idolatry were Jeremiah 2:12-13 and John 4:13-14.

While I won’t rehash what idolatry is, I will point you to some helpful resources that help identify and tear down the idols that we so easily create and tolerate. I would encourage you to spend time using these resources in concert with the Scriptures and prayer and may God help us bind our hearts to Him in faithful and joyful obedience.

The Idol Factory– Pastor CJ Mahaney- A 3 part sermon series that aims to define, discern, and destroy the false gods in our lives. Sovereign Grace Ministries has also provided an extremely helpful outline of these mesages, with lots of relevant Scripture passages, quotes and application question. CJ also preached a message entitled Discern Your Heart that is a summary of all three messages.

Identifying and Tearing Down Idols of the Heart- Pastor Kenneth Maresco

Dealing With Personal Idols– Pastor Darrin Patrick- A gentle but very convicting sermon that helps evaluate the desires in our lives, general or specific, that can take the place of Jesus as the Lord of our hearts and desires.

Idolatry- Pastor Mark Driscoll- The first message from the Continuous Worship conference, held in 2007. Video/Audio

Quest for More– Paul David Tripp- This book (that I am currently reading) isn’t entirely about idolatry, but Tripp is excellent at identifying idols of the heart and how to biblically deal with those idols. There is also a companion study guide for the book and a video where Tripp talks about the book. Highly recommended!


Worship: God Transforms- Video & Notes

Worship: God Transforms- Video

Worship: God Transforms- Notes


Worship: God Transforms

Author Harold Best defines worship as: “Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become in light of a chosen or choosing god.”

The biblical word for worship is also sometimes translated “sacrifice.” This insight is helpful because what we make the greatest sacrifices for reveals what we truly live to glorify and worship. For example, if we eat and drink in excess, we are worshipping our stomach and sacrificing our health. If we sacrifice relationships with God and people for a hobby (e.g., sport, music, craft), then we are worshipping that hobby. If we are giving our bodies to sexual sin, we are worshipping sex and/or another person whose glory is our highest aim, sacrificing holiness and intimacy with God in the process. In short, we give our time, energy, body, money, focus, devotion, and passion to that which we glorify most and make sacrifices to worship that person or thing. Because we were made for the express purpose of worshipping God, everyone is a worshipper. The only difference is who/what we worship. (from Vintage Jesus, Chapter 9)

Join us tonight, June 20th, at 244 Berding Street in Ferndale for the eleventh message in Mars Hill Church‘s Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe series, entitled Worship:God Transforms. Dinner begins at 6:00, teaching begins around 7:00. Childcare will be available.


Church: God Sends- Video & Notes

Church: God Sends- Sermon video

Church: God Sends- Notes


Church: God Sends

The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.

Join us tonight, June 13th, at 244 Berding Street in Ferndale for the tenth message in Mars Hill Church’s Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe series, entitled Church: God Sends. Dinner begins at 6:00, teaching begins around 7:00. Childcare will be available.

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