Triune Praise | Shai Linne

Posted June 2, 2012 by Timmy Brister
Categories: Calvinism, Gospel

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When it comes to the doctrine of salvation, central to what I understand in Scripture is that “salvation is of the Lord.” God is the author of salvation, and He has determined the answer to all questions of who, what, when, where, and why. The salvation God brings is essentially and necessarily Trinitarian, and anyone who undermines or deviates from the biblical explanation of how God the Father purposes, God the Son purchases, and God the Spirit pursues sinners is misrepresenting the gospel and misleading sinners in the process.

In light of that, I would like to commend the following hip hop song by Shai Linne called “Triune Praise” wherein he eloquently explains the trinitarian nature of salvation with poetic clarity.

Triune Praise

Verse 1
Praise God the Father, the Immortal Creator
For Your glory you made us, You’re the Sovereign Orchestrator
All that You decree will most surely come to happen
You’re awesome as can be and Your glory none can fathom
Nothing could ever stain You, the heavens can’t contain You
We thank You for sending Your Son to explain You
Otherwise we would have remained in the dark
but You sent Your Holy Spirit to spark a change in our hearts
According to Your eternal purpose and will
You determined to reveal Yourself to those who deserve to be killed
Those of us whom You foreknew adore You
We praise You that You predestined us to be conformed to
The image of Your Son who’s the radiance of Your glory
When I meditate on it, the weightiness of it floors me
So Father, we’ll praise you over and over again
Because You sent Your only Son to atone for our sins

Chorus
Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son,
Glory to The Spirit- Three and Yet One
One in Your essence, Three in Your Person
The same in Your nature, distinct in Your working
Oh my soul- behold the wonder of the Trinity
Blessed be the Trinity, Oh, what a mystery!
I’ll stand amazed for the rest of my days
Pouring out my heart in Triune praise

Verse 2
Praise God the Son, Second Person of the Trinity
You’re distinct from the Father, yet you share in His divinity
Fulfilling an eternal covenant- You came through
To planet earth to save who? All the Father gave You
You became a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief
For the glory of Your Father You extinguished the beef
That stood between us at the cross- the Father’s anger released
The Shepherd slain for the sheep, the situation is deep
I can’t find the right language to speak, in fact it’s making me weep-
Just the thought of You saving this creep
You’re risen from the dead, I still can’t get this in my head,
How the Judge could leave the bench and go to prison instead
Lord Jesus, you’re amazing, Your bleeding is what saved men
It’s the reason why we’re praising, can’t wait to see Your face
In the meantime, please help us to see You as colossal
And by the Spirit live lives worthy of the gospel

Verse 3
Praise God the Holy Spirit, 3rd person of the Trinity
Distinct from Father and Son, yet share in Their divinity
Holy Spirit we praise You, You don’t like the spotlight
You’d rather point away from yourself and give props to Christ
But yet because You’re God, You deserve veneration
And You’re the One responsible for our regeneration
You apply the finished work of Christ to all the elect
Your call is effectual- You haven’t lost one yet
You comfort us when sin, Satan and the world got us bothered
And it’s only by You that we cry out “Abba Father”
You’re the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit of Truth,
You graciously provide Your people with the gifts and the fruit
You help us kill sin and dis-attach us from our idols
If it wasn’t for You, we’d never understand the Bible
Because You wrote it- For our life it will surely suffice
Amazingly, You do it all for the glory of Christ!

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Revisiting Discipleship (No Plan B)

Posted May 31, 2012 by Timmy Brister
Categories: Discipleship

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I encourage you to watch this video as though you were hearing about Jesus’ life and ministry for the first time. Kevin Peck nails it, and the method of Jesus is truly staggering and encouraging. It is also counter-intuitive and cuts across the incredible pressure of novelty, trendiness, and superficial measureables of temporary “successes.”

Indeed, there is no plan B to the Great Commission. Let’s make disciples.

HT: Verge Network

Mark Dever on Numbers and Faithfulness

Posted May 30, 2012 by Timmy Brister
Categories: Church Growth Movement, evangelicalism

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I think if we would be honest with ourselves, our default position is to elevate fruitfulness over faithfulness. The two should not be at odds with one another, but when they are, fruitfulness tends to win out. This discussion is one that many are having in evangelical circles today, and I think we need to think it through without making excuses for neglecting either (those not seeing any fruit from their ministry saying all that matters is being faithful, and those with significant fruit saying all that matters is being fruitful).

In light of that, I commend the balanced, wise counsel of Mark Dever regarding the ministerial responsibility to be faithful in discharging the duties of a gospel minister while recognizing that the results belong to God.

John Piper and Jason Meyer Talk About Succession at Bethlehem Baptist Church

Posted May 30, 2012 by Timmy Brister
Categories: I Love the Local Church, Personal Commentary

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As you know, I have been praying for and paying close attention to the succession plan/process at Bethlehem Baptist Church.  My interest is really twofold: on the one hand, this succession is between a hero (Piper) and a personal mentor (Meyer). On the other hand, the issue of pastoral succession is, in my opinion, one of the biggest issues facing local churches today. I can’t find the statistic, but somewhere I read that 3/4 of large churches are currently pastored by the leader during its most significant growth. In other words, the church’s identity/personality has been largely influenced and shaped by the personality/values of the lead pastor.  When the pastor leaves, how will it affect the church? Is there any forethought or plan in place for the health and prosperity of the church and its mission for the next generation?

Along those lines, I am thrilled to see how God has unmistakably worked in the succession plan/selection process of the next lead pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Below is a video interview with John Piper and Jason Meyer, interviewed by Justin Taylor  on the campus of Southern Seminary, in which they discuss for the first time together what God has done over the past year to bring it all about. Watching this, my heart is filled with gratitude on multiple levels, especially for God’s “leaning in” in choosing to make His will known in such a glorious way.

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Cultivating Gospel Mission :: PLNTD + New England Conference

Posted May 29, 2012 by Timmy Brister
Categories: Church Planting, Conferences, Gospel, Missional

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PLNTD announced today its second regional conference of the year – Cultivating Gospel Mission, scheduled to take place on September 20-22, 2012 in Portland, Maine. Main session speakers will be Scotty Smith and Caesar Kalinowski, with breakout sessions with Jared Wilson. This week only, you can register for 50% off regular ticket price for just $29 (discount ends Friday night). If you live in the New England or Canada area, be sure to check this training event out.

Here’s a blurb from the conference website:

We live in a day where it is commonplace to hear the words “gospel-centered” and “missionally-driven”. The danger, however, is to use those phrases in ways that diminish their meaning to that of a cliché. At the 2012 New England Training Event, PLNTD partners with the Gospel Alliance to focus on why those phrases are grounded in God and His purposes for the church.

Every church planter and pastor should lead their people to live gospel-centered lives on mission as those who have been sent by God. What does that kind of life look like? How does articulate this kind of vision to people in their community? These are the kinds of questions we hope to address as we gather together on September 20-22.

This training event is open to anyone who would like to be instructed and encouraged to cultivate gospel mission, including pastors, church planters, aspiring ministry leaders, leadership teams, and the like.

Unlike the typical conference format, the goal of this training event is interaction, integration and application of teaching and instruction. Our desire is that you leave equipped with practical instruction, edified through meaningful fellowship, and encouraged by Christ-centered passion for greater kingdom advance.

Join us as we press into the call to be oriented around the mission of church and saturated in the message of the gospel!

Page CXVI :: Come Thou Fount

Posted May 29, 2012 by Timmy Brister
Categories: worship

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One of my favorite worship bands playing my 2 year old’s favorite song . . .

I am bound for the kingdom…won’t you come with me?

If You’re God’s Child, Part 5

Posted May 27, 2012 by Timmy Brister
Categories: If You're God's Child

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Last year, I compiled a series of 36 blogposts based on tweets from Scotty Smith on “Signs You’re Growing in Grace.” I, and I know countless others, were greatly encouraged in the gospel by those daily tweets.  Another person who brings the gospel to bear regularly on twitter is Paul Tripp.  He has recently begun a series of tweets called “If You’re God’s Child . . . ” and I have compiled them for you as well.  Depending on how many tweets he does, I may make this into another blogpost category/series. But for now, here’s the fifth installment of “If You’re God’s Child . . .”

If you’re God’s child, you must remember that God isn’t working to build your kingdom, but for the success of his.

If you’re God’s child, you must always view yourself and your world through the window of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you’re God’s child, remember that your story is marching to an end that is glorious beyond the ability of your mind to conceive.

If you’re God’s child, it’s not your job to defeat evil, your job is to resist temptation. God is in the process of bringing evil to an end.

If you’re God’s child, know that every “What if” your fearful heart can generate is about something that is ruled by your sovereign Savior.

If you’re God’s child, you have little to boast about. Your reconciliation, wisdom, submission, and strength all are gifts of your Savior.

If you’re God’s child, obedience is not an option, to treat what has been command as a personal choice is to put yourself in God’s position.

If you’re God’s chid you have been bought with a price therefore you must not in any situation view your life as belonging to you.

If you’re God’s child you have been bought with a price, so you must not in any situation view your life as belonging to you.

If you’re God’s child, the same grace that you have been given is the grace that you are called to proclaim and extend to others.