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Apr 14

Help for Inviting People to Church this Weekend

2014 | by Trent Hunter | Category: This Sunday

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This is a great weekend to invite a friend to church, and we’re going to help make doing so easy for you.

On Friday Evening we will hold our annual Good Friday service at 6:30 PM. Then, on Sunday morning we will hold our Easter service at three times, 7:30, 9:00, and 10:45 AM.

The image is the top of a new invitation page for this weekend’s Good Friday and Easter Services. This is something like a digital version of the invitation cards we have made available for years. Those cards are especially useful for the people we meet in the course of our day around town. But for the people we socialize with on a regular basis, this should come in especially handy. The digital space is where so much of our communication takes place already.

So, use it. Use it to invite friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to catch a glimpse of heaven in the singing, celebration, and preaching of Christ’s resurrection this weekend. Link to it in an email, or use the little buttons at the bottom of the page to share it on FacebookTwitter, or Google +.

Finally, with our visitors in mind, if it is an option for you, please come to the 7:30 AM service on Easter Sunday. Each year we cooperate as a church to make sure that there is room in each service for anyone who comes to church. It would be a real bummer for a visitor to come close to the start of a service only to be routed to an overflow room. We don’t have childcare at 7:30 AM, so if you don’t have kids and can manage, consider joining us at the early service to free up a seat for a visitor at one of our other services.

Apr 8

Why Expository Preaching Is Important

2014 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Miscellaneous

Expository preaching is what we do at DSC. We mean to expose and expound the meaning of the Bible according to its own shape and agenda. That’s why, when Ryan designs a sermon series, he works through one side of a book of the Bible to the other.

Here’s a helpful video from Kevin DeYoung reflecting on the nature of expository preaching. Enjoy!

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Apr 4

Help for Helping People who Struggle with Same Sex Attraction

2014 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Recommended Resources

On Saturday we will spend three hours together considering the topic of homosexual marriage and numerous related issues. It’s from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. Click here to register if you haven’t already.

To give you a running start on the topic, here’s an immensely helpful one-hour lecture by Sam Williams from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, titled, “A Christian Psychology of and Response to Homosexuality.” This is a thoughtful reflection and analysis of the personal and historical dynamics involved in same-sex attraction, its causes, the nature of change, and how the gospel intersects with these issues.

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For a summary paper of the social-science research by Mark Yarhouse, whom Sam cites several times, read Yarhouse’s paper, “At the Intersection of Religious and Sexual Identities: A Christian Perspective on Homosexuality.”

At Saturday’s seminar we will explore these issues across the morning and with particular focus in the third hour.

Mar 25

Songs from Clarus ’14

2014 | by Drew Hodge | Category: Clarus 14,Music and Singing

Psalm 84:4 says, “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!”

We were blessed at Clarus ’14 by the people of God gathered to sing, pray, and hear God’s Word preached to His glory and our good! Below is a list of the songs used at this year’s conference. Included are chord charts with lyrics and mp3’s. May God use these songs to tune your hearts to sing His praise!

Friday Night:

  • “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (pdfmp3)
  • “And Can It Be” (pdfmp3)
  • “Doxology” (pdfmp3)
  • “Jesus I Come” (pdfmp3)
  • “My Father Planned it All” (pdf,mp3)
  • “Lord, We Come to Hear Your Word” (pdfmp3)
  • “Come and Dine” (pdfmp3)

Saturday Morning: 

  • “Rock of Ages” (pdfmp3)
  • “Come Thou Fount” (pdfmp3)
  • “My Father Planned it All” (pdfmp3)
  • “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” (pdfmp3)
  • “Be Thou My Vision” (pdfmp3)
  • “Take My Life” (pdfmp3)

Saturday Afternoon:

  • “All Creatures of Our God and King” (pdfmp3)
  • “Solid Rock” (pdfmp3)
  • “Psalm 62” (pdfmp3)
  • “Lord, We Come to Hear Your Word” (pdfmp3)
  • “Oh Heart Bereaved and Lonely” (pdfmp3)
  • “How Wise and Good” (pdfmp3)
  • “My Father Planned it All” (pdfmp3)

Sunday Morning: 

  • “Clap Your Hands” (pdfmp3)
  • “Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy)” (pdfmp3)
  • “I Stand Amazed” (pdfmp3)
  • “We Give Thanks” (pdfmp3)
  • “Lord, We Come to Hear Your Word” (pdfmp3)
  • “He Hideth My Soul” (pdfmp3)

Mar 24

New Live Recording: “My Father Planned it All”

2014 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Music and Singing

There’s a song we’ve been singing lately at DSC called “My Father Planned it All.” The lyrics are true and the tune, written by Drew Hodge, sinks it into our hearts.

The words are below and a new live recording is available for download here. This live recording is from Clarus ’14, a regional conference of The Gospel Coalition hosted at our church earlier this month.

My Father Planned it All

1. What though the way be lonely, and dark the shadows fall;
I know, where’er it leadeth, my Father planned it all.

The sun may shine tomorrow, the shadows break and flee;
‘Twill be the way He chooses, my Father’s plan for me.

Chorus
I sing through shade and sunshine, and trust what-e’er befall;
I sing, I can’t be silent; my Father planned it all.

2. He guides my faltering footsteps along the weary way,
for well He knows the pathway will lead to endless day.

3. A day of light and gladness on which no shade will fall,
‘Tis this at last awaits me, my Father planned it all.

Words by H.H. Pierson
Music by Drew Hodge 

Visit the DSC Store and Bandcamp Page for a number of other songs and albums recorded at DSC.

Mar 16

Clarus ’14 Photo Roundup, Sunday, March 16

2014 | by Ben Moore | Category: Clarus 14

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Conference Photography by Benjamin Moore Photography. Contact Ben at ben236@me.com.

Mar 16

Session 9 Recap: Anyabwile, “Contentment With Christ’s Body, the Church”

2014 | by Tim Ragsdale | Category: Clarus 14,Gospel

Editor’s Note: Tim Ragsdale is an Elder at Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque, NM. This post is a summary of Thabiti Anyabwile’s message from Sunday morning at Clarus, March 16, “Contentment With Christ’s Body, the Church,” from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.

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Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile concluded our Clarus conference with a message from 1 Cor 12:12-27 on contentment with the local church.  He began with a question many of us face: How do we respond to people who say they love Jesus, but choose to pass on the local church?  He came to the realization that until they love the church, they will not see the centrality of the church.  It is a problem of affections; a problem of the heart. Contentment with the church comes from seeing God in the church.

The Church is God’s Work

God arranges the members of the body just as He pleases.  The local church is God’s composition.  It is no accident that you are a Christian and that you have a particular set of gifts.  Do you realize that heaven has touched you?  God has plucked you out of the fire, saved you, sanctified you, filled you with the Spirit and prepared you with his own hands to play a vital role in the local church.  The church is an exquisite thing, and we see the manifold and eternal wisdom of God by observing the church.

God’s Vision for the Church is Glorious

God’s vision for the church is that we be completely united with every member showing equal concern for every other member.  There should be unity in the body despite its diversity (vv 12-14). Like individual works in an author or artist’s larger body of work, we are individual works with great diversity; but we are all his workmanship. Paul is specific in his definition of unity: “That the members may have the same care for one another.” This is what it looks like to break down the barriers that separate us in the body.  We cannot allow our love to be limited some subset of the church.  Pastor Thabiti shared a quote from another writer: “If our fellowship and our love is confined to people like us, that may be little more than self-love spread over a slightly wider area.”

There Are Two Threats to That Vision And Our Contentment in the Local Church

1) Feeling inferior and insignificant, i.e., I don’t matter; I don’t have the gifts of this or that person; I have nothing to contribute.

2) Feeling superior and self-sufficient, i.e., I don’t need anyone else.

The response to both of these threats is threefold:

  • You’re wrong.  Sometimes the most gracious thing we need to hear is a gentle loving correction.
  • Every part is necessary and mutually dependent on other parts.  Counter to culture, in the text we see that the weaker parts are shown greater honor.
  •  If you say you don’t need the body, you’re saying God doesn’t know what he’s doing.  This is pride.

Six Applications

  1. Membership in the Church is a biblical idea and implicit requirement of the Christian life.
  2. Think biblically about leaving a church. Establish in your heart that you will not leave a church unless the gospel is falsified or not preached; or unless there is obvious sinful disorder in the leadership of the church.
  3. Take part in the rounding up of those displaced or discouraged members because every part matters.
  4. Cultivate a love and concern for those who are not like you.
  5. Actively live in a way that makes it clear that need others.
  6. Use your gifts for the good of the whole body.