February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day from Seeds Family Worship

by Jesse Johnson

UPDATE: Congratulations to Rod Santiago, Gabriel Powell, Robyn Yoon, Kathy Martinson, and Valencia Helligar! We’ll get you your CDs as soon as possible. Thanks for reading The Cripplegate!

I have a three-year-old child at home, and I am a Christian. Which is another way of saying I love Seeds Family Worship. Because of Seeds, I now know that lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who fear the Lord lack no good thing. My daughter, well below AWANA age, can memorize scripture.

If you are not familiar with them, Seeds have a collection of CD’s which are Bible passages put to music. And it is actually good music. Don’t tell anyone, but when I am alone in my car, I occasionally will jam to Seeds.

With their newest album, which releases today, Seeds is trying to follow their fan base into adolescence. Seeds of Purity is a collection of songs that focus on biblical texts that call followers of Jesus to pursue a life of sexual purity. Normally the thought of abstinence pledges makes me uneasy–they can smack of stressing the externals over the internals. In fact, a focus on external standards or moral markers (save yourself to marriage!) is extremely difficult to do biblically. The reality is that the standard is perfection, failure is guaranteed, and it is in those failures where the gospel comes to life. The call of the gospel is a commitment to Christ (which produces chastity), and commitments to chastity are more like loyalty oaths than gospel contrition. But I digress.

Seeds of Purity manages to thread this needle by simply being songs taken from Scripture. When you are helping teens memorize the Bible to produce purity, you have the order correct. For this, Seeds should be complimented. And on top of getting the motivation for sanctification correct, their music is also–as is their custom–quality.

Seeds has graciously allowed us to stream one of the songs on their new album, “He Humbled Himself,” based on Philippians 2:3-5, 8. You can listen to that below.

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I hope you will like their music as much as I have…I mean as much as my daughter does.

Jesse Johnson

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Jesse is the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA.
  • Kenny Kirby

    Thanks for all you guys are posting and writing on here at Cripplegate. One question I would like to see a post on:

    How to transition from a congregational rule government (congregation votes on deacons (ruling leaders) and nominates them, also votes on other major budget and church wide issues) to an elder rule government in a church without killing it or causing division?

    Thanks for any insight!

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      That is a great question. Thanks Kenny

  • Mkjmart

    How about women mentoring women and teens

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Ohhh. True. Josh had a series on men-to-men. Maybe he could be conscripted to this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Fortner/181101618 Andy Fortner

    I would like to the issue of the power of the Word of God as described in the Scriptures (for regeneration, salvation, and sanctification, as well as in evangelism) and the use of literal vs. more paraphrastic translations/interpretations of the Bible. Should we use more literal because of what the Word says of itself or are idiomatic/paraphrastic just as powerful, even though they move away from a more literal reading?

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Dibbs.

  • Valencia

    Pragmatism and how it is hurting the body of Christ.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      That is a good idea. Phil is doing a really good series on this on teampyro.blogspot.com.

  • di vo

    How about modern day laziness, lack of faithfulness and good-ole hard work these days?
    Or how about all the reading and theology one believes does not match with one’s life in biblical application? Or how about the lack to defend one’s stance on [apologetic] faith and personal holiness?

    • Vdii

      p.s. Or how about the older women being equipped to train the younger women? What does that look like practically [life on life ministry]?

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      I assign this to Austin. If he takes the challenge

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulbyoon Paul Yoon

    Topic suggestion: Call to ministry

  • http://extra-nos.blogspot.com/ Jeff

    Impassibility

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Dibbs. Or Josh Thiessen and I could debate it.

  • CarpeDiem•CoramDeo

    A review of recent books that deal with the various views of hell (Bell, Chan, Wittmer, Galli). Their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Robyn Yoon

    Parenting.

    • Robyn Yoon

      Thank you guys for the CD! Very cool.

  • http://twitter.com/Reformama Reformama

    I’d love to see a post on the biblical basis for church membership. My church doesn’t have a membership role and it really bothers us.

    • http://thecripplegate.com Jesse Johnson

      Ohhh….good idea.

    • elainebitt

      Also, Austin Duncan will be talking about membership at the Shepherds’ Conference:
      http://vimeo.com/36625168

    • http://mriccardi.blogspot.com Mike Riccardi

      I call this one.

    • Jonathan Anderson

      Jesse had an excellent sermon on this at last year’s Ekklesia Conference: http://ekklesiaconference.org/#/media/2011

  • Poet

    I’d like to see a post on the biblical position regarding men who feel called to the ministry, but are married to an unbelieving spouse, and other various difficult situations that a man may find himself in when called to the ministry.

  • Shalane Walters

    I would like to see a post regarding the mindset of a pastor’s wife’s (or any wife’s) ministry as her children/home. Is this a biblical concept or a way out when balancing serving in the church and family is too tough or something in between?

  • Ray Fung

    Does 2 John 1:10-11 apply to us today?

  • elainebitt

    I’d love if you guys would talk about modesty in the church, especially among the young people (Christian young adults). I’ve come across totally opposite opinions, where some would say to pray about it and to approach the person with love, and the ones who say “I am not personally offended so I won’t say anything”.

    thanks,
    E.

    (I posted this comment yesterday morning. I came back here to comment on one of the replies and I see this in the white box as if I had typed it just now, before sending. Weird.)

  • Jonathan R.

    There are some others that do the same thing.
    1. Mark Altrogge. He is a Sovereign Grace pastor that has done 9 or 10 albums of bible verses put to music.
    2. Piper’s fighter verses are put to music. The fighter verse app for the android and iphone both allow you to play the music.
    3.Truth Songs. They have a few songs.