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Pastoring Through Song at the Shepherd's Conference - Worship Matters
In yesterday’s post, I shared some thoughts on planning and leading songs at a conference. In this post, I describe what that actually looked like at the recent Shepherd’s Conference. I’ve included the Scriptures I used (except for ones I didn’t write down), and why I chose each song and passage. The numbers are from the Hymns of Grace hymnal. This post might seem a little tedious, but planning and leading songs is often about the details. If you end up leading songs at a conference in the future, I pray my thoughts will help you maximize that time for the good of God’s people and the glory of Christ. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 Session 1: John MacArthur • The Purity of the Church: Sanctification (Gal. 4:19) Session 2: H.B. Charles Jr. • The Life of the Church: Regeneration (Jn. 13:1-17) [I wanted these songs to focus not on HB’s message, which we hadn’t heard yet, but on our personal sanctification, one of the themes of John’s message.] Ps. 148:1-6 – This is the passage the first song is based on. Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens Adore Him #3 Has the lines “sin and death shall not prevail,” and “So on earth Thy will be done.” Not in Me #405 A song acknowledging the sin of self-righteousness, which pastors can tend to battle. James 1:2-4 – The God who justified us is committed to sanctifying us, so we can count the process of sanctification as joy. I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow #63 Acknowledgment that God often answers our prayers for sanctification through inward trials. Grace Greater Than All Our Sin #78 Grace abounds in the process of sanctification, both to justify and to transform. A Christian’s Daily Prayer A new song asking God for strength to glorify him. “May every effort of my life display the matchless worth of Christ.” Session 3: Austin Duncan • The Unity of the Church (Psalm 133) [HB’s message focused on how God gets all the glory for our regeneration.] Scripture Come Praise and Glorify #44 A summary of Eph. 1:3-11 And Can It Be? #180 This song recounts the glorious reality and process of our conversion. Scripture His Robes for Mine #181 A beautiful unpacking of substitutionary atonement. Session 4: Al Mohler • The Conviction and Courage of the Church and the Threats to the Church THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Session 5: Phil Johnson • Marks of a True Church (Rev 2:1-7) [In response to Dr. Mohler’s message, these songs and Scriptures directed us to confidence in God when facing opposition in trials] Ps. 46:10-11 – This is the passage “A Mighty Fortress” is based on. God will be exalted, and He will be with us. A Mighty Fortress is Our God #53 “The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure. One little Word shall fell him.” Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor #406 2 Tim. 4:16-18 – Contains the promise that “the Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.” O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer A new song containing various lines that enable us to express our trust in Christ during opposition. Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken #394 A 6 verse meditation on finding loss to be gain because of the joy of knowing Christ. All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name #143 I wanted to the last song to reemphasize the triumph of Christ over all opposition. Session 6: Art Azurdia • The Influence of the Church (John 17:17-18) [The previous message focused on the importance of not losing our first love] Ps. 25:17-18 – I chose this Scripture because even though the psalmist has “distresses,” he is more conscious of his need for forgiveness. I Lay My Sins on Jesus #269 This song helped us acknowledge our failure to love as we ought to …