Good Friday


An hour of hymns and songs. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dvLpalib_zTXFldEBp9oUsO7myHSsNI Rock of Ages When I Survey The Wondrous Cross My Song Is Love Unknown And Can It Be That I Should Gain Alas, And Did My

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?


  I tweeted this earlier... Just did the "Which Good Friday character are you?" quiz. Thought I'd definitely be the crowd. Amazingly I got "Jesus Christ". --Gal 2:20 — Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) April 17,

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I've nearly finished writing 321 - the evangelistic book. At the end I'm briefly addressing 10 common objections to Christianity. Can you help me with some quotes of people who have put these objections famously or

Podcast: Easter Edition


In this episode we talk about Easter. In particular we spotlight our latest spoken word video: "Bread of Heaven." https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=muygjHVdtUY We also speak about Easter

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Don't feel Jesus in your heart? First know that you are on His. (Ex 28:29; Heb 7:25) #EnjoyYourDay Nothing a resurrection won’t fix. #EnjoyYourDay He came to a poor teenager, a northern backwater, a ravaged people. He

"Bread of Heaven" Spoken Word Video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muygjHVdtUY DOWNLOAD HERE - FREE Feel free to Use in Church, RT, Share, etc... . WORDS The Israelites in thirsty lands, trod burning sands with desperate craving, no longer slaving for

Happy Friday


It's been a while I know. Here, have a bumper edition... Two Cellos: Thunderstruck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT3SBzmDxGk Sacred/Sandy

Podcast: Evangelistic Speaking


In this episode, among other things we respond to a listener question: What's the difference between preaching and evangelistic preaching? A few thoughts... In evangelistic preaching you're especially concerned about the

Good Friday

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An hour of hymns and songs.

Rock of Ages

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

My Song Is Love Unknown

And Can It Be That I Should Gain

Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed

There is A Fountain Filled With Blood

Man of Sorrows (What a Name)

Jesus Paid It All

The Power Of The Cross

How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

Were you there when they crucified my lord?

All I Have is Christ Live

Cornerstone

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 What would you add?

 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

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I tweeted this earlier…

It’s deliberately provocative and, of course, open to the criticism: “Oooo, look who thinks he’s Jesus!” But here’s why I stand by it. At least a dozen times the bible encourages us to identify with Jesus at Calvary (see below). When the Negro Spiritual asks “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”, a biblical answer is: “Yes. I was at the very centre of it – dying on that middle cross.”

That’s not the first answer that springs to mind is it? Our instinctive response is to say “I was hammering in the nails.” There’s great truth to that. As the wonderful Townend song says, “It was my sin that held Him there.” But that’s not the only answer. And at least 12 times in Scripture we are cast in a different role in this Passion Play. We are placed on the cross with Jesus. For every verse that tells us Jesus died for us there’s another telling us we died in Him. And it’s vital to hold those two truths together. Let me explain…

What’s the very first promise of the Bible?

Nope, earlier than that… Earlier still…  You know what the first promise was from the LORD God to man? ”You will surely die” – Genesis 2:17.

Death is the judgement promised for sin.  No wonder that death would be part of the next big promise – Genesis 3:15. The Seed being struck to save us. Death was the judgement for sin. Death was also the way of salvation!  There is just no escaping death.  We live in the Lamb’s world and we will surely die.  We either die apart from the LORD Jesus or we die in the LORD Jesus. But everyone dies.

I emphasize the point because sometimes we forget this when we speak of Christ’s death for us.  We must never tire of proclaiming Christ’s death for us - it is the blazing epicentre of the gospel! (e.g. 1 Cor 15:3). But we misconstrue this truth if we imagine that Christ dies over there so that I remain unaffected over here.  No, Christ hides me in Himself and includes me in His death. In other words, His death is not only substitutionary. It is substitutionary because it is inclusive.

See how Paul teaches this over and over in his letters:

All of us who were baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  (Romans 6:3-4)

Our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with.  (Romans 6:6)

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin… (Romans 6:11)

You died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to Another.  (Romans 7:4)

Christ died for all and therefore all died. (2 Corinthians 5:14)

I was crucified with Christ and I no longer live.  (Galatians 2:20)

[I belong to Christ and thusmy flesh has been crucified.  (Galatians 5:24)

I am crucified to the world.  (Galatians 6:14)

 In Christ you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism.  (Colossians 2:11-12)

You died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world (Colossians 2:20)

You died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3)

Christ indeed died for us. He bore the wrathful brunt of the Father’s condemnation.  But He did so in order to carry me with Him through that death sentence and out into His risen life.  Christ died for me but – just as important to say – I died in Him.

If we speak of Christ dying for us without being clear that we died in Him, we can get into trouble. Let me briefly outline two potential problems:

Firstly, the Romans 6 problem: We think of grace as licence.  If we just speak of Christ over there paying for my sins over here, it makes no sense for me over here to live in connection with Christ over there.  Basically we imagine that Jesus over there underwrites my sinful existence over here and therefore anyone calling me to live beyond sin, death and judgement sounds absurd.

But Paul’s argument is that we died in Jesus. The old self is crucified and the new self is risen in Christ. The cross was not the underwriter for my sin, it was the undertaker!

Secondly, we might imagine that Christ’s sufferings for us mean that we shouldn’t suffer ourselves.  It’s ironic, but the cross is sometimes used to prop up a theology of glory!

Here’s how it usually happens… Someone prays for healing and invokes Isaiah 53: “By Christ’s wounds Susan IS HEALED, we claim this healing paid for in full by the cross.”  Well there’s great Scriptural precedence for linking Isaiah 53 with healing (Matthew 8:17). I’m all for it.  And I’m all for praying earnestly for healing.  Jesus is kind and He may want to give us a picture of new creation glory even here in the midst of this old dying world.  BUT… Jesus did not die so that we won’t. Jesus died so that we might die in Him.

The path to new creation restoration is through death.  The cross does not eliminate that pathway, it is the pathway to glory.  The cross proves once and for all that Jesus is not committed to prettying up this old world. He is committed to summing it up and plunging it into the fiery death it deserves. Only through that furnace will it be reborn.

Jesus has not promised to prolong this old world of Adam’s. He has promised “You will surely die!”  But through that death comes a new heavens and a new earth.  That’s where we must set our hopes.

Just imagine if Jesus kept on healing our old bodies.  At what point should He let us die? At 90? 100? 150?  When can He say ‘enough is enough’ and bring us through death into resurrection life?  That’s His purpose.

The cross does not mean we will avoid suffering and death.  It means we will go through it – but hidden with Christ. And – yes indeed – by His wounds we are healed.  But that healing is not the prolonging of the old man – it’s the resurrection of the new.

This Easter don’t forget – Jesus did not just die for you, you died in Him. The Christian life makes no sense until you put yourself on the cross with Christ.

 

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I’ve nearly finished writing 321 – the evangelistic book. At the end I’m briefly addressing 10 common objections to Christianity. Can you help me with some quotes of people who have put these objections famously or powerfully?

Ok, but is it true?

Can we trust the Bible?

I’m not religious, why bother with God?

How can anyone join the church with all its hate and hypocrisy?

How does a Good God fit with evil and suffering?

Isn’t religion one of the world’s great problems?

Why not other faiths?

How does a loving God fit with judgement?

Why are Christians so weird about sex and sexuality?

Aren’t believers anti-science?

Podcast: Easter Edition

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In this episode we talk about Easter. In particular we spotlight our latest spoken word video: “Bread of Heaven.”

We also speak about Easter preaching.

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In the podcast I mention 8 Easter sermons I’ve given in other settings.

And…
Easter songs and resources - especially for all-age services

 

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Don’t feel Jesus in your heart? First know that you are on His. (Ex 28:29; Heb 7:25) #EnjoyYourDay

Nothing a resurrection won’t fix. #EnjoyYourDay

He came to a poor teenager, a northern backwater, a ravaged people. He came to diseased, dying, damned sinners. He’s for you.#EnjoyYourDay

Fig-leaf coverings? The children of Adam have followed suit.

Isaiah’s vision of the future: “On THAT day… On THIS mountain.” (Everywhere, see eg Is 25) Our home is HERE but it’s not NOW.

The Word of God spoke with an accent #incarnation

My future inheritance = Grandpa’s stamp collection. Oh, and the universe. Oh, and GOD! Yes GOD! (Romans 8:17) #EnjoyYourDay

Tempted to correct a friend’s spelling of “no affect” when I realised it would neither have effect nor affect.

New life is not a condition of the gospel it’s the offer.

‘Union with Christ’ is not a way of escaping ‘discipleship’ – it means entering into it truly and deeply

Forget human elections, our Man is on the true seat of power. Just, Gentle, Wiser than Solomon, Beyond reproach & ONE OF US! #EnjoyYourDay.

Did the sun come up this morning? Then God’s not going to break His covenant with your Royal Priest (Jer 33:14-22) #EnjoyYourDay

The Spirit is a deposit, guaranteeing your full redemption. And God aint gonna lose His deposit. #EnjoyYourDay

You might prefer physics to metaphysics, but that’s a metaphysical judgement.

God’s being in sending => Our character in mission.

#1Sam16: Bad news- u’ve not been chosen as King. Good news- yr Brother has & He shares His royalty & victory with you #1Sam17 #EnjoyYourDay

Just spoke to a bus driver who much prefers driving teenagers. The elderly are far ruder. A reminder: growing old gracefully aint automatic

“You are my Beloved Child, I’m thrilled with you” – the Verdict we all want from the Father we all crave. It’s ours in Jesus #EnjoyYourDay

Only *sinners* love (Luke 7:36-50). Therefore every sin is an opportunity to know yr indebtedness and the forgiveness of Jesus #EnjoyYourDay

I bet the Spanish are constantly overwhelmed by their todo lists :-/

“My child, get up” He will say. And u will rise 2 feasting joy, complete astonishment & face-to-face with Jesus (Luke 8:40-56) #EnjoyYourDay

My hunch: ‘Noah’ Will get people talking about ‘God’, but unless ur wise it’ll be a ‘God’ who makes talking about God *more* difficult

<< But, again, by all means see it, enjoy it, engage in conversations – just be aware is all

Easter video taking shape :) pic.twitter.com/sp7aBiGMqt

— Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) April 4, 2014

 

Who qualifies 4 Christ’s Kingdom? The powerless, the wicked, the little children: Lk18:1-17. Don’t reach up, receive where u r #EnjoyYourD..

Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean throwing away your brain. It does mean crucifying your need to be brainy

In becoming a Christian, don’t throw away your brain. You’ll need it in order to become consistently and biblically foolish

Paul did not seek credibility from the wise, he sought to shame them – thru the foolishness of the gospel #1Corinthians

You know the tree of life in the garden of God? That’s not just for religious art. That’s for *you* to eat from (Rev 2:7) #EnjoyYourDay

Preaching John 6 this evening. Here’s a good reminder of why we need the Bread of Heaven pic.twitter.com/xkklyEahfo

— Glen Scrivener (@glenscrivener) April 6, 2014

 

Your sorrows He carries, your infirmities He takes up, your sins He bears. (Is 53) Your weaknesses only draw Him closer #EnjoyYourDay

He’s the Judge of the world, the Revelation of God and a gentle, lowly Rest-Giver: Matt 11:20-30. #EnjoyYourDay

God is Joy – Ps 45:7; John 15:11; 1 Tim 1:11. #EnjoyYourDay

Illustrations can add colour&warmth to preaching but if they’re in to add *interest* it’s not illustrations u need but the *gospel*

Be as incarnational as u like but there was 1 unrepeatable incarnation.
Be as pentecostal as u like but there was 1 unrepeatable Pentecost.

“Bread of Heaven” Spoken Word Video

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The Israelites in thirsty lands, trod burning sands with desperate craving,
no longer slaving for Egyptian masters, now by grace they’re free to face
this fresh disaster – starving in a barren place.

Until the Bread of Heaven fell like morning dew each day anew,
and to these folks complaining, every day the Bread sustaining,
to lead them all their journey through.

Fast forward 1500 years: a Man appears, stands tall among His peers,
And feeds the desert crowds without ado,
A supernatural déjà vu.

And having won the mob’s attention then He makes His bold contention:
He IS the Bread of old, the One foretold to feed us and through our wilderness to lead us.
Could His claim be true?

It’s Thursday Night, an upper room, a supper strewn with broken bread,
Then Jesus stands, a loaf in hand and says:
THIS IS MY BODY – and tears it like a lion tearing prey,
a raw dissection on display.
In pieces rent and ragged, edges jagged, now laid bare in disarray.
(You see) He’ll feed His people in THIS way.

He the LORD for we the least, Him devoured so we can feast.

And so to Friday – by a highway
Rivals gloating, Soldiers joking, mobs provoking, Jesus choking,
torment spoken, HERE the Bread of Heaven BROKEN.

He the LORD for we the least, Him devoured so we can feast.

THEN… Come Sunday and, like Bread, He rises,
surprises all His friends, extends the dinner invitation:
“COME ALL FROM EVERY NATION: This is the meaning of salvation:

He the LORD for we the least, Him devoured so we can feast.”

This God served up upon the cross,
His posture still arms-open willing ALL to come and eat
This Bread is sweet and free – served up anew.
Available like morning dew,
To lead you all your journey through,
My friend, this broken Bread’s for YOU.

Happy Friday

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It’s been a while I know. Here, have a bumper edition…

Two Cellos: Thunderstruck

Sacred/Sandy Geometry:

 

 

Onomatopoeian Warfare

 

From Jeremy Vine

 From Tickld.com

Creepy Hugs

 

And the brilliant Maria Bamford

 

Podcast: Evangelistic Speaking

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In this episode, among other things we respond to a listener question: What’s the difference between preaching and evangelistic preaching?

A few thoughts… In evangelistic preaching you’re especially concerned about the following:

  • Don’t just point to Christ, the solid Rock, but also to the sinking sand of this world.
  • Preach a raw gospel – we’re sunk over our heads, we’re lifted higher than we could imagine. Take them on a journey.
  • Also take them on the journey from ”wouldn’t it be wonderful if this were true…” to “that’s the assurance you can have because of Jesus.”
  • Be ruthless with churchy language.
  • Put yourself in the mess you’re describing… “we are mortal, we suffer, we frustrate ourselves…”
  • Describe journeys to faith (including your own).
  • If you will invite people to pray to Christ (which is a good thing), flag it up early

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In this podcast I talk about some examples of my evangelistic preaching.

Here’s my sermon on Luke 14,

Some Lunchtime Student Talks, and

A sermon on Hell

Easter Songs / All Age Resources

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Stay tuned for our new Easter Spoken Word video out in a matter of hours!

In the meantime, here are some songs and assembly ideas for Easter. Perhaps one of these might be helpful to you:

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Gethsemane:

Here’s an idea for an all-age sermon / school assembly. It’s a game of pass the parcel where the parcel is a poisoned cup. There’s a song to go with it:

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Also for Maundy Sunday, I love this setting of When You Prayed Beneath the Trees.

Forget the singer, Christopher Idle’s song’s in my top 5 all time hymns.

 

Cross

Seed Song (Jesus is the Seed who dies and rises to bring life)

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Resurrection

Firstfruits

 

Easter Morn (the song that became ‘Firstfruits’ – no round)

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Little Fish! (Jesus is bigger than death)

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Tweet’ll Dumb

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Taste the coming kingdom: A land of wheat, barley, vines, figtrees, pomegranates, oliveoil & honey. U will lack nothing. Deut8 #EnjoyYourDay

Whatever your weakness today, it’s God’s opportunity to work powerfully. 2 Cor 12:9 #EnjoyYourDay

He cleanses lepers, drives out demons, blasts the lofty, lifts the lowly, shoulders shame, conquers death and rules the world #EnjoyYourDay

Even now my Witness & Advocate is on high, my Intercessor is my friend… He pleads with God as a man pleads 4 his friend. #EnjoyYourDay

Fave description of Xian life = Luther’s: We live far above ourselves in Christ by faith & far beneath ourselves in our neighbour by love

“Humble minds think alike” Philippians 2:2-3

There’s a Battle-Scarred God who’s gone to hell & back 4 u. He meets u in Scripture to bring Peace and Awe (Jn 20:24-31) #EnjoyYourDay

God is not FatherLY. He’s Father. He’s not Like a Father. He. Is. Your. Father. #EnjoyYourDay

Feeling thirsty? Hungry? Spiritually empty? The sure mercies of Christ are yours: Isaiah 55 #EnjoyYourDay

 

Jesus didn’t use hell to scare religion into people. Most often He used it on the religious, to scare self-confidence out of them.

“I really must be more ruthless.” Me after each episode of #HouseofCards

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet (Rom 16:20). #EnjoyYourDay

God has given u His all – His very Heart – on the cross. He gave it while u were His enemy. What will He now withhold from u? #EnjoyYourDay

The Angel of the LORD is either mad, bad or God #ChristInOT

Does heaven seem closed to you? No, Jesus has torn it open & brought you Home: Luke 3:21; John 1:51; Heb 4:14; 6:19; Rev 4:1.#EnjoyYourDay

Hell is not opposed to a God of love. WE are opposed to a God of love. That’s what makes hell HELL

All things are yours – all theology, the whole world, the future – and you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. 1 Cor 3:21-23 #EnjoyYourDay

God does not treat you as your sins deserve (Ps 103:10). He treats you as Christ’s righteousness deserves. (2 Cor 5:21) #EnjoyYourDay

God’s grace is not help to get us across the line. God’s grace is when He crossed the line Into our helpless condition 2Cor8:9

“You don’t need help, you need helplessness” Jesus (John 6:29, paraphrase)

To the gracious God, the only thing we bring is sin. Hence the upside-down blessing of original sin: it enfranchised the world.

Spring=just a taste of what’s coming: “the desert shall blossom abundantly & rejoice with joy & singing.” Is35 #EnjoyYourDay

Of course Luther & Calvin believed in Christ’s finished work on the Cross but see how they relate the cross to preaching & union w Christ…

“Even if Christ were crucified 1000 times it’d be vain if the Word of God were absent & were not given 2me w the bidding: This is 4u” Luther

“As long as Christ remains outside of us, all He has done 4 the salvation of the human race remains useless & of no value 4 us” (MT Calvin)

 

In the style of Guy Ritchie I’m producing a tacky biopic of Howard Stern’s music career: a mocklockstockshockjockschlockrockdoc

Forgot to get wrapping paper 4 Emma’s bday presents. Thankfully we have plenty of ‘decorated pine tree’ paper with added ‘birthday reindeer’

Jesus is not nice. He’s ferociously good, fiercely protective, jealously loving. His love is bloody. That’s why u can trust it #EnjoyYourDay

“Who He is, we become. Where He is, we dwell. What He has, we inherit. What He’s done, we possess.” #UnionWithChrist #EnjoyYourDay

The law is all compulsory. The gospel is all-compelling.

ALERT. To convert, don’t just assert: subvert.

Monday’s not the 1st day of the week. It’s the day after you’ve received a massive Raise and a stunning Promotion. #EnjoyYourWeek.