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A 2020 Song List for Grudem’s Systematic Theology

One of my favourite things about Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1994) is that each one of his chapters ends with a hymn in response. It’s a great way to model that good theology leads to doxology; studying God leads to praising Him.

I decided to come up with my own updated list of songs for each chapter – not because I didn’t like those Dr Grudem suggested, but because since 1995 there have been a range of new worship songs written and hymns retuned that are worth adding to the mix. We can be grateful for a new generation of songwriters like the Gettys, Stuart Townend, Sovereign Grace Music, CityAlight, and artists who have taken timeless hymns and arranged them for the next generation.

You could use this list (compiled into a Spotify playlist here) for your own listening and edification, or in tandem with reading and studying each chapter. Even better, you could come up with your own song list to accompany Grudem, or another systematic theology!

Here’s a spotify playlist of new and retuned songs to accompany each chapter of Dr Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”

#Grudem2020

Here’s a full list with links to either a video or words so you can listen and respond to theology with praise!

  1. Introduction to Systematic Theology – “O For A Thousand Tongues”, Traditional arr. by David Crowder Band

    Part 1: The Doctrine of the Word of God
  2. The Word of God – “Speak O Lord” by Keith & Kristyn Getty
  3. The Canon of Scripture“The Gospel Was Promised” by Bob Kauflin, Joel Sczebel
  4. The Authority of Scripture“Standing On The Promises (Medley)”, Traditional arr. by Selah
  5. The Inerrancy of Scripture – “Psalm 19” by The Corner Room
  6. The Clarity of Scripture“Psalm 1” by Sons of Korah
  7. The Necessity of Scripture“Show Us Christ” by Bob Kauflin, Doug Plank
  8. The Sufficiency of Scripture“How Firm A Foundation”, Traditional arr. by Norton Hall Band

    Part 2: The Knowledge of God
  9. The Existence of God – “How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
  10. The Knowability of God“Greater Than We Can Imagine” by Mark Altrogge
  11. “Incommunicable” Attributes“Immortal Invisible”, Traditional arr. by Nathan Drake (Reawaken)
  12. “Communicable” Attributes (Part 1)“O Worship the King” by Passion/Chris Tomlin
  13. “Communicable” Attributes (Part 2)“O King (Psalm 45)” by Matt Searles
  14. The Trinity“Holy Holy Holy” by Reginald Heber
  15. Creation“God of Wonders” by Rebecca St. James
  16. God’s Providence“God Moves” by William Cowper, arr. by Bob Kauflin
  17. Miracles“A Mighty Fortress” by Martin Luther, arr. by HeartSong
  18. Prayer“Hear Our Prayer” by Greg Cooper & Andy Judd
  19. Angels – “Angels From the Realm of Glory” by James Montgomery, arr. by Lifeway Worship
  20. Satan and Demons“Lead On, O King Eternal”, Traditional arr. by Enfield

    Part 3: The Doctrine of Man
  21. The Creation of Man“Indescribable” by Laura Story
  22. Man as Male and Female“Just The Way God Wanted Us To Be” by Sovereign Grace Music
  23. The Essential Nature of Man“Be Still My Soul” by Page CXVI
  24. Sin“From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130)” by Indelible Grace
  25. The Covenants Between God and Man“Song of Zechariah” by The Gospel Coalition
  26. The Person of Christ“Fairest Lord Jesus”, Traditional arr. by Garage Hymnal

    Part 4: The Doctrines of Christ and the Holy Spirit
  27. The Atonement“In Christ Alone” by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty
  28. Resurrection and Ascension“Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher
  29. The Offices of Christ“How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds” by Indelible Grace
  30. The Work of the Holy Spirit“God the Spirit” by Matt Boswell

    Part 5: The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption
  31. Common Grace“Generous King” by Sovereign Grace Music
  32. Election and Reprobation“It’s Your Grace” by Doug Plank & Bob Kauflin
  33. The Gospel Call and Effective Calling“I Heard The Voice of Jesus Say” by Horatius Bonar, arr. Emu Music
  34. Regeneration“Not In Me” by Eric Schumacher and David Ward
  35. Conversion“Just As I Am”, Traditional arr. by Travis Cottrell
  36. Justification“Before the Throne of God Above” by Charitie Lee Bancroft and Vikki Cook
  37. Adoption“The Father’s Love” by Joel Sczebel
  38. Sanctification“Undivided” by Rob Smith
  39. Baptism in and Filling With the Holy Spirit“Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God” by Keith and Kristyn Getty
  40. The Perseverance of the Saints“The Lord’s My Shepherd” by Stuart Townend
  41. Death and the Intermediate State“It Is Not Death to Die” by Sovereign Grace Music
  42. Glorification“Absent From Flesh” by Sojourn
  43. Union With Christ“Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” by CityAlight

    Part 6: The Doctrine of the Church
  44. The Church: Its Nature, Its Marks, and Its Purposes“The Church’s One Foundation” by Brian Moss
  45. The Purity and Unity of the Church“This I Believe (The Creed)” by Hillsong Music
  46. The Power of the Church“O Church Arise (Arise, Shine)” by Keith and Kristyn Getty
  47. Church Government“Glorious Things Of You Are Spoken” by Emu Music
  48. Means of Grace Within the Church“Let Us Love And Sing And Wonder” by John Newton, arr. Indelible Grace
  49. Baptism“Christ Is Enough” by Hillsong Worship
  50. The Lord’s Supper“Jesus, Thank You” by Pat Sczebel
  51. Worship“Only A Holy God” by CityAlight
  52. Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1) “Come Now Almighty King” by Sovereign Grace Music
  53. Gifts of the Holy Spirit (2) “Oh How Good It Is” by Keith & Kristyn Getty

    Part 7: The Doctrine of the Future
  54. The Return of Christ“How Long, O Lord” by Doug Plank
  55. The Millennium“We Belong to the Day” by Michael Morrow
  56. The Final Judgement and Eternal Punishment“Rise Up” by Ben Shive
  57. The New Heavens and New Earth“Behold Our God (World Edition)” by Sovereign Grace Music, arr. Badminton Road

Honourable mentions (either couldn’t find them on Spotify, they were so good they covered multiple chapters, or just had to pick one!)

Remember – Praise & Prayer 2019 – Set List

A few months ago, I had the privilege of putting together a college-wide prayer and praise night. In the midst of studies and essays and assignments, it was good to set aside an evening to pray, sing, read scripture, and enjoy God’s presence among His gathered people.

The theme of this year’s worship night was “Remember”. We split the night into two halves – in the first hour, we took time to remember God’s mercy to us in Christ. In the second hour, we shifted focus to remember God’s mission for the nations to know Christ.

I really enjoyed worshipping together during the first hour, which was led so well by Ellen, James, Chris and Kristy from the ReachOut 2019 band. It was a treat to move from praise to prayer so seamlessly and freely throughout the first half. We were served by contributions from students and lecturers as each helped us to remember and reflect on different aspects of God’s mercy to us in Jesus.

I led the Badminton Road band for the second hour – our first and last live performance together! A personal highlight was guitaring alongside Rob Smith and Jack Batchen, two incredibly gifted electric guitarists! Thanks to Jeremiah Liew, a friend of ours, we managed to capture some of the night on video as well.

If you’re interested, here’s the setlist from the night, including a Spotify playlist Ellen put together, and some video from the 2nd half.

Part 1 – Remember God’s mercy in Christ

  1. Welcome & Prayer: an invitation to prefer one another and “let all things be done for building up”
  2. Read Psalm 103
  3. Sing: Only A Holy God (CityAlight)
  4. Sing: How Deep the Father’s Love (arr. by The Dispatch)
  5. Pray: 1-sentence “popcorn” prayers praising God for His attributes
  6. Sing: Great Are You Lord (All Sons and Daughters)
  7. Pray: Self-directed prayer based on Ephesians 2:1-10
  8. Sing: All I Have Is Christ (Sovereign Grace Music)
  9. Pray: Thanksgiving for mercy in Christ
  10. Sing: Once For All (CityAlight)
  11. Listen: I Stand Amazed (How Wonderful) – Womens’ Vocal Group
  12. Sing: Be Thou My Vision (arr. Ascend the Hill)
  13. Sing: O Praise the Name / What A Beautiful Name mashup
  14. Pray: Close 1st Hour
Spotify Playlist of the songs we sang during Praise & Prayer 2019.

Part 2 – Remember God’s mission for Christ

  1. Sing: Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me (CityAlight)
  2. Welcome Back – recap 1st hour, read Psalm 67
  3. Sing: Behold our God (World Edition) – in multiple languages
  4. Pray: in 3-4’s, pray for unreached peoples on your heart, near or far
  5. Listen: Poem – a lament for the nations
  6. Listen: Remember (Matt Lo)
  7. Sing: You Are the God Who Saves Me (Psalm 88)
  8. Sing: Love, You Will Not Let Me Go
  9. Pray: over those who have given up their identity for Jesus to enter creative access nations
  10. Sing: Christ is Enough
  11. Sing: We Will Declare Your Glory
  12. Sing: Crown Him With Many Crowns

You can also see what we did in 2018 as well here. While I won’t be at college in 2020, I hope there’ll continue to be opportunities for the college community to gather and respond to everything they’ve learned in praise and prayer!

Five laments your church could sing this week

“What can miserable Christians sing?”

A couple of years ago, pastor and church historian Carl Trueman posed this question in an article. He was reflecting on contemporary worship music and its limited ability to lament. Cries of pain are largely absent from our gathered worship vocabulary, and so in the wake of a terror attack, or terminal cancer, or the loss of a child, we find ourselves mute.

Here’s five songs, written or arranged in the last decade or so, that could help you or your church to cry out in lament.

1. Though You Slay Me (Shane and Shane)

(Lyrics / Sheet Music)

I like this one because it’s raw and honest. For example:

I come, God, I come
I return to the Lord
The one who’s broken
The one who’s torn me apart
You strike down to bind me up
You say you do it all in love
That I might know you in your suffering

The melody is easy to sing along with, and the chorus helps to turn our tears back to trust: “Though you slay me, yet I will trust you…”

2. Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul (Indelible Grace)

(Lyrics and Sheet Music)

This is one of our favourites from the folks at Indelible Grace. Anne Steele’s words give us permission to honestly say to God that sometimes, our hope is fainting, it’s hanging on by a thread. The guys at Capitol Hill Baptist use a different tune, though I prefer this one personally – there’s space to almost “sigh” after each line as we “breathe our sorrows” to the ear of sovereign grace.

3. Darkness – Psalm 88 (Matt Searles)

(LyricsSheet Music)

Matt Searles has been putting out some excellent settings of Psalms, and this is no exception. I like the easy to sing tune, and how it pretty much tracks with each line of Psalm 88.

4. Hide Away in the Love of Jesus (Sovereign Grace Music)

(Lyrics and Sheet Music)

We’ve sung this regularly at Howick Baptist. Each verse talks about a type of person that needs to hide away in the love of Jesus. The first verse in particular helps me put my tired and weak heart into the hands of Jesus:

Come, weary saints, though tired and weak
Hide away in the love of Jesus
Your strength will return by His quiet streams
Hide away in the love of Jesus

5. God Moves (William Cowper, arr. Bob Kauflin)

(Lyrics and Sheet Music)

Veteran worship leader and songwriter Bob Kauflin wrote this arrangement in response to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Cowper’s words were written in the midst of terrible depression. The combination of text and tune has been good for our church to sing over the years:

So God we trust in You
O God we trust in You
When tears are great
And comforts few
We hope in mercies ever new
We trust in You

 


I’m really only scratching the surface here, so please feel free to suggest other laments. I’m particularly interested if you know of songs / psalm settings that are bold enough to stay with the singer in darkness (e.g. Psalm 88, which ends with “darkness my closest friend”).

Auckland Epilogue

Our home as children

Grass is greener on this side

The gospel moves us

 

 

Musick Point, Bucklands Beach


Cockle Bay, Auckland

Westhaven Drive, Auckland

Waitemata Harbour, Auckland

Haste thee on from grace to glory, 

Armed by faith, and winged by prayer. 

Heaven’s eternal days before thee, 

God’s own hand shall guide us there. 

Soon shall close thy earthly mission, 

Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days, 

Hope shall change to glad fruition, 

Faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

– Henry Lyte, “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”

Traditions and what we treasure

Christmas is an important time of year. As sinful and forgetful people, we often need the reminder of Christ’s incarnation amidst the sadness and brokenness in our own lives and the world we live in.

But the first year we were married, we sat in our hot, humid apartment unit, not quite knowing how to celebrate Christmas. Both of us grew up in homes with few traditions around Christmas – so this was a blank slate for our family.

We knew we didn’t really want to buy into the commercial and materialistic excesses of the year, but not much else. So that year we made a feeble (but delicious) attempt at some cross-shaped cookies, and resolved to be a bit more intentional next Christmas.

Story stones. Card-making and writing. Advent readings. Carol-singing. Each year brings new attempts, new refinements as we carve out our own family traditions, all in bursts of trial and error.

Admittedly in all of this it’s easy to get swept away in the traditions and miss the point of Christmas entirely. Which traditions are worth keeping? Which should be discarded?

I like Noel Piper’s clarity in her book, Treasuring God in Our Traditions. In it she says that tradition is:

“…the handing down of information, beliefs, worldview from one generation to another by word of mouth and by regular repetition of example of ceremony of celebration.” (p.26)

In the same book, she writes this encouragement and challenge:

“Only God can bequeath God to our children (John 1:12)… Now although we cannot bequeath God to our children, we can help them know Him and understand Him in ways that prepare them to believe in His name. “Everyday” and “especially” traditions in a family are an important part of that teaching, of picturing who God is and what he’s done in our home and in the world. Traditions are a vital way of displaying our greatest treasure, of showing what—Who—is most important to us…” (p.18)

So we press on with our faltering attempts to saturate our family patterns with signposts to Christ – showing Jesus, the child born a King, God with us, the Suffering Saviour, as most important to us. And whether you’re single or married, whatever your traditions look like, may God richly bless you too, as you lay up God’s words in your hearts and pass His words to the next generation.

 

“We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.”
(Psalm 78:4)

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