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True Church Conference 2009 – Music

On Friday night of the True Church Conference, after Voddie Baucham’s sermon, there was a time of questions and answers with him and with Thomas Clay about music. Thomas Clay is Grace Life’s music minister.  There was a packed room of people to hear the questions and answers about music in the church.

There was no way that I could make notes because there wasn’t even elbow room. 🙂  We sat in the floor of the room. But Voddie Baucham told about his reasons for taking piano lessons so that he could lead in his family’s worship. He also told about how when he visited a pastor in Africa, he questioned why they didn’t use drums in their worship service. The African pastor pointed out that many false, pagan religions in their country use drums as an integral part of their worship. Thus, his church did not use drums so as to not be offensive to the sensibilities of those who have been drawn from the false worship of idols.

Thomas Clay has posted the songs that were sung during the conference on his website, Doxology.

2009 True Church Conference Pt. 1

2009 True Church Conference Pt. 2

2009 True Church Conference Pt. 3

I have to admit that when I saw the number of worship sessions just prior to each sermon I wasn’t thrilled. Hymns and singing are very enjoyable, but most large group conferences tend to have very contemporary and loud music. My thoughts were that we might just skip the worship times after the first service. Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised. The music was not too loud and the words of the songs were very good. I specifically enjoyed Thomas Clay’s song God of Grace God of Love, especially since we had been singing this song with a much older and harder tune at a church we have been visiting. My husband and I attended each worship session and it was very interesting to hear the depth of singing produced by 1000 people, most of which were pastors.

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True Church Conference 2009 – Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham – Brokenness – Psalm 51

Brokenness is the off ramp leading to the narrow road of repentance.

Often we think rededication will repair the pain of sin in our lives. The church is too quick to try and repair the damage and pain of sin without the brokenness that allows true healing. Just like in the commercials today there is a pill for every discomfort, plus a pill for the discomfort caused by other pills.

Pain and brokenness is a warning light that there is a problem. Today we solve the problem by breaking the warning light, instead of dealing with the problem that caused the warning.

Poppa (supposed to be God) in The Shack says “we are submitted to you….” This is the teaching of today!

Thomas Watson “Who can understand his errors.”

Ps 51:1-2
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
ESV

Blot out – the same word as flood in the Genesis account – wipe all sin away. Maccah – blot out, destroy, wipe away

Wash me thoroughly – a picture similar to using a scrub board to wash stains away.

Cleanse me – a ceremonial cleansing, such as performed by the priests.

God forgets our sin but we don’t. Why don’t we forget?

“…my sin is ever before me…” Psalm 51:3 Notice this Psalm was written a year after the sin with Bathsheba.

Wouldn’t be able to testify to God’s grace and mercy.

Wouldn’t remember to not sin.

Couldn’t rejoice in the victories.

Our sin is an affront to a Holy and Righteous God.

Ps 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment. ESV

Instead of breaking His heart, He is going to break us. Revelations 19:11-16

Lack of brokenness is a hindrance to true worship of God.

Without brokenness, you are incapable of worshiping a Holy God. Most “worship” today is man centered. God will not accept our “worship” until we are broken over our sin and self-righteousness. Otherwise we have become another Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isa 1:10-20
10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
12 “When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
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True Church Conference 2009 – Jeff Noblit

Grace Wrought Repentance by Jeff Noblit

Repentance is never out of season.

Repentance is granted by the Lord it is not a work of our own.

Acts 5:31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. ESV

Agents of repentance

  • God’s Word

Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” ESV

  • Spirit of God

Acts 16:14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. ESV

Flesh Wrought Repentance

A. Trouble over sin

2 Cor 7:10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. ESV

Examples: Ahab, Judas, Saul (1 Samuel 24:16-17) and Esau

Tears without Repentance

Fades Away – Lasts for a season

B. Pragmatic Commitment Against Sin

Motivated by the pain of sin

Preserving self

Found in the storm of sin but flees in the calm

C. Parting / Giving Up Some Sins

God is the cosmic power source to help you have your Best Life Now.

Giving up one sin for another milder sin.

Grace Wrought Repentance

Luke 15:17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!’ ESV

Satan is like the Falconer – he covers your head (blinds you) and takes you where he wants you.

A. It’s Roots – Sorrow for Sin

Zech 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. ESV

Repent of wrong fleshly repentance.

Luke 7:38 … and standing behind him at his feet, weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed his feet and anointed them with the ointment. ESV

Ps 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, God, you will not despise. ESV


1. Of The Heart

Matt 6:16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. ESV

2. God-ward Sorrow

Sorrow for the offense rather than the consequences.

Ps 51:3-4
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment
. ESV

3. Sorrow Accompanied by Faith

4. Great Sorrow

Luke 18:10-14
10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’
13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted
.” ESV

5. Sorrow that Abides

Not just a spring shower

6. Sorrow that embraces Christ

Matt 11:28-30
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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B. Fruits of Repentance

Acts 26:20 … but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance. ESV

1. Confession

Neh 9:2 And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. ESV

Hos 5:15 I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me. ESV

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ESV

Self-accusing

Chief of sinners

Specific sins confessed not just general sins

Confession to others

a. Public Sin

b. Extra burden of the sin

c. When another is slandered

2. Hatred of Sin

Loathing

Abhor

Ps 119:104 Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. ESV

Rom 7:22-25
22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from G this body of death?
25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
ESV


3. Turning from Sin

Ezek 14:6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations. ESV

Isa 55:6-7
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
ESV

Job 11:14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. ESV

New Heart = New Life

Not turning to heaven, not turning from Hell, but turning to God

Too many are half turned


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