Music

The Call to Lead: New City Music

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MOSES. For most the name conjures up thoughts of this great leader who lead God’s people out of an enslaving nation. Some thoughts may even harken back to the bearded Charlton Heston. Moses, a guy who fearfully obeyed God’s calling to stand before the Pharaoh and brazenly ask to let his people go, his entire workforce mind you! The guy who lead people through dry land through what I can only imagine the most magnificent hallway made of ocean water anyone could ever imagine, escaping the Pharaohs pursuit. The one who's face was glowing after conversing with God Almighty and brought down the ten commandment written on stone tablets. Talk about some HUGE mile”stones” to tell your kids and grandkids!! (See what I did there?)

There’s one accomplishment of his that I have overlooked: Making disciples. As great as Moses was, he was finite. Life would end eventually. The people would still need a leader. “He understood that leadership is always a temporary assignment—always.” In Exodus we read as Moses was carrying on his duties and his life in general, Joshua was there by his side. He personally invited and invested in Joshua. Joshua was by his side on Mt. Sinai when God gave Moses the ten commandments, when Moses smashed the Ten Commandment tablets with a righteous anger, when Moses communed with the Father in the Tent of Meetings. When the time came for Moses to pass on, Joshua was ready to lead the people. 

In recent weeks the staff and elders have been going through Designed to Lead. The book urges for leaders to be raised up in the church. The motivation here is not to have others do the work. Rather, the motivation is to see God’s work continue on and be done well as well as to see God’s work in the hearts of His people. How irresponsible it is to think that the entirety of going and making disciples and reaching the community is left up to one or a few on staff! 

The leadership at New City has been planning and discussing how to best disciple others. How do we go about this? What is the best system for this? We have been working on leadership pipelines in our respective areas of ministry. There’s still a lot of tweaking and fine tuning but we believe it is going to be great for the future of New City and ultimately for the future of God’s work here in Macon, GA. 

WORSHIP PIPELINE

Each of the pipelines are based on this flow chart: 

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In the area of Music/Worship, here are the levels of leadership:

Lead Self: Musician | Talented and gifted with the ability to play instruments or sing and are willing to serve and lead through music on Sunday mornings
Lead Others: Liturgist | Writes, plans, and leads through the gospel-centered liturgy on Sunday morning
Lead Leaders: Music Director | Organizes and leads musicians in band practice who is well-acquainted with song structure and music theory
Lead Ministry: Worship Director | Guides the mission and vision of the ministry and supports the leaders

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. 
— Joshua 1:1-2

Though the transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua was smooth, natural, and well thought out, Joshua’s leadership tells a completely different story. Nowhere do we see Joshua actively raising and discipling others. The tragic conclusion of his leadership was that the next generation did not know the Lord or His works. (Judg. 2:8,10) This is a sobering warning to the church and it’s leaders. We need to be continually discipling leaders more and more leaders. Our desire is not to simply replace ourselves or lighten the load, but to prepare leaders to go and serve and lead not only within the church body but wherever God has planted us in life. 

If you want to read our previous blogs in this series click here and in the search bar type, “The Call to Lead.”

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

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Hymns have a special place in the hearts of many. The unique melodies, the artfully crafted words, the rich theology…oh so good! We love the old hymns at New City. There’s a sense of encouragement and humility knowing that we sing the same hymns that generations before us sang. It gives me a sense that this Christianity thing is way bigger than me. These songs have helped people worship our God for generations and generations, before we even set foot on this earth. 

For some many of the hymns harken back to stories of faith and they know every word of every verse. For others these songs are brand new. No matter which side you fall on,I want to encourage you to sing these words loudly. As you sing, really listen and think about what you’re singing.

His word shall not fail you He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell.

Here we sing of the inerrant Word of God that never fails us. God uses Scripture to communicate the awe-inspiring message of Jesus Christ. It carries God’s promise to those who place their faith in Him. It provides hope to the dying world around us. We sing of the cruel effects of sin and the need for a Savior. In this last part we have a call to us as Christ-followers to share this perfect Savior to the world. What a powerful way to remember these truths! 

This Sunday we will be introducing a new arrangement of this old hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” that was written in 1922. Be sure to join us and come ready to sing!!

O soul are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there
Over us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conqu’rors we are

His word shall not fail you He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell

“Turn Your Eyes”  words by Helen H. Lemmel
arrangement by Joesph Tracy, 2017
© Public Domain
CCLI Song # 15960

Gospel-Centered Music for Your Kids!

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I love to hear kids sing. I really love hearing them sing gospel truths. With children you never know what they will pick up. They may pick up your mannerisms, speaking inflections, the way you say things. They are walking sponges. With that in mind, why not let them listen to and learn songs that teach scripture? Why not learn these songs together as a family? Sovereign Grace Music puts out some great albums with the purpose of teaching kids the truths of the gospel in fun and eclectic styles. Their latest album, entitled “Listen Up!” features songs that revolve around the parables of Jesus. Take a listen! 

Their previous album is filled with theologically rich songs that teach who God is and what He has done for us in fun ways. It will definitely get everyone in the family singing. This one has become a favorite. Listen to it here!

Christ Is Mine Forevermore

I have experienced pain and sorrow in my past. Yet, in those times, Jesus had shown himself to be even greater than those circumstances. He comforted me, cared for me, provided for me. If He was faithful to care for me back then, wouldn’t He care for me in whatever present or future situation? We have to remember that God works things out according to His good, meaning it doesn’t always work out like WE think it should. Pain and suffering may last longer than we want or expect. I love the lines of this song:

“But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted
Christ completes His work in me.”

Whatever the case, we remember who God is and what he has done for us. We remember that Jesus pursued us with a love like no other. We remember He endured the agony and suffering we deserved. We remember He rose and defeated sin and death. We remember that He did not leave us alone but sent His Holy Spirit to reside in us, spurring us on to be formed and shaped into the image of Christ. We cling to and remember Word of God. 

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And we know that for those who love God and all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:26,28

Yesterday both New City Macon and New City Milledgeville introduced a new song, Christ is Mine Forevermore by CityAlight. The sound and structure is like a modern hymn meets the Psalms. Like many of the psalms, the writer is speaking to himself, his soul, spurring himself on to rejoice and be glad! Take a listen, learn, and be ready to sing this coming Sunday! 

 

Christ is Mine Forevermore

Mine are days that God has numbered
I was made to walk with Him
Yet I look for worldly treasure
And forsake the King of kings
But mine is hope in my Redeemer
Though I fall, His love is sure
For Christ has paid for every failing
I am His forevermore

Mine are tears in times of sorrow
Darkness not yet understood
Through the valley I must travel
Where I see no earthly good
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted
Christ completes His work in me

Mine are days here as a stranger
Pilgrim on a narrow way
One with Christ I will encounter
Harm and hatred for His name
But mine is armour for this battle
Strong enough to last the war
And He has said He will deliver
Safely to the golden shore

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore

Come rejoice now, O my soul
For his love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!

If you missed this week’s sermon, you can listen to it on here.

CCLI Song # 7036096
Jonny Robinson  |  Rich Thompson
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The Song of Moses

This Sunday in New City Milledgeville, we will be introducing a new 'old' song called the Song of Moses. If you haven't listened to it before, we have included the lyrics and the song below. Give it a listen and we can't wait to worship with you all on Sunday! 

Song Of Moses

Verse 1
Oh the Lord our strength and song
Highest praise to Him belongs
Christ the Lord the conqu'ring King
Your name we raise Your triumphs sing

Chorus
Praise the Lord our mighty warrior
Praise the Lord the glorious One
By His hand we stand in vict'ry
By His name we overcome

Verse 2
Though the storms of hell pursue
In darkest night we worship You
You divide the raging sea
From death to life You safely lead

Verse 3
All the saints and angels bow
Hosts of heaven crying out
Glory glory to the King
You reign for all eternity

Bridge
The Lord shall reign forever and ever (6X)

CCLI Song # 5880942
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Welcome to New City Church - You Are Invited!

OUR VISION

What’s in a name? In this case, everything. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed transformative. Therefore, we believe that as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of our city, our city will be transformed and made new, but not just our city, the world! 


Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed...
— Romans 12:2

Because of this, we dream of seeing the gospel transform everything within our reach  - ourselves, our church, our city and the world.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to help people live in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

OUR IDENTITY

We believe that we will best fulfill this mission and see this vision come to be as we live as a family of missionary servants, disciples of Jesus making disciples of Jesus.

YOUR INVITATION

If you do not currently have a church home or maybe you have never had a church home, we would love to have you be a part of New City Church.

Join us this Sunday!     

Milledgeville Campus
197 Log Cabin Rd

Coffee 10:00         
Worship 10:30  

Macon Campus
533 Cherry St
         
Worship 9:30 or 11:00

New City Sessions: “Death Has Lost Its Sting”

Death Has Lost Its Sting

Words by Isaac Watts, Adapted by Rebecca Dennison, Arranged by Mike Cosper

Amanda Christopher - Vocals
Adam Crosby - Vocals
Arthur Lin - Guitar
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Video by Andy Carter Photography
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My God, how many are my fears
How fast my foes increase
Conspiring my eternal death
They break my fleeting peace

The lying tempter would persuade
My heart to doubt your aid
And all my swelling sins appear
Much greater than your grace

Arise, Oh Lord, fulfill your grace
While I your glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent’s teeth
And death has lost his sting

But you my glory and my strength
Will on my tempter tread
Will silence all my threatening guilt
And raise my drooping head.

Arise, Oh Lord, fulfill your grace
While I your glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent’s teeth
And death has lost his sting

And though the hosts of death and hell
All armed against me stand
No more will terrors shake my soul;
Secure within your hand.

Arise, Oh Lord, fulfill your grace
While I your glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent’s teeth
And death has lost his sting

Death Has Lost Its Sting

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Words by Isaac Watts, adapted by Rebecca Dennison Arranged by Mike Cosper
CCLI Song # 5939116 CCLI License #1888971 © Sojourn Community Church 2011
  

My God, how many are my fears
How fast my foes increase
Conspiring my eternal death
They break my fleeting peace

The lying tempter would persuade
My heart to doubt your aid
And all my swelling sins appear  
Much greater than your grace

Arise, Oh Lord, fulfill your grace
While I your glory sing;
My God has broke the serpentʼs teeth
And death has lost his sting

But you my glory and my strength
Will on my tempter tread
Will silence all my threatening guilt
And raise my drooping  head.  

Arise, Oh Lord, fulfill your grace
While I your glory sing;
My God has broke the serpentʼs teeth
And death has lost his sting

And though the hosts of death and hell
All armed against me stand
No more will terrors shake my soul;     
Secure within your hand.

Arise, Oh Lord, fulfill your grace
While I your glory sing;
My God has broke the serpentʼs teeth
And death has lost his sting

The Songs We Sing...Creation

 [ This is post 2 in a series of blogs about what we do on Sunday mornings at New City Church, Macon written by Keith Watson and Arthur Lin.]

[This is post 2 in a series of blogs about what we do on Sunday mornings at New City Church, Macon written by Keith Watson and Arthur Lin.]

The four main components of the Gospel Story are Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Creation is going to be the topic we discuss in this article.

The Creation Story calls us to worship God and declare His glory. Creation is the starting point of the Gospel. To have creation there must be a Creator, and that is none other than God Himself (Gen 1:1).  In the very beginning, the moment even before time came into existence, there was all-powerful God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Out of God's abundant love, the intricate orchestration of the earth began. With a word, stars flashed into existence, water separated from dirt, plants sprouted from the ground, and animals populated earth, water, and air. At the climax of his masterpiece, God created Adam and Eve. Psalm 19:1-6 tells us that all creation declared the glory of God!

Humanity was set apart from the rest of creation. Adam and Eve were given the responsibility of bearing the image of God on this earth. They were to rule over and steward God’s creation. God looked at His completed creation and declared it was “very good.”  In the cool of the day, He would come to fellowship with Adam and Eve. He walked with them and talked with them. Unhindered worship of God poured forth from Adam and Eve. It was, indeed very good.

Samuel Emadi points out that in the Creation Story, of God we see:

1.    God created the world out of nothing.

2.    God created the world good.

3.    God created the world for his glory.

4.    God is distinct from his creation (Creator/creature distinction).

The revelation of who He is and what He has done leads us to respond with humility, praise, and adoration.  Therefore, each Sunday at New City, we begin our gathering at the beginning of the Gospel story, Creation, and Creation calls us to worship our Creator! 

As we start our gathering with a “Call to Worship” we are reminded each week of God’s goodness, of His great glory and amazing power and love. We are called once more to renounce all idols and give praise to our Creator, the only one who truly satisfies. In our Call to Worship, we are not only declaring our praise to God but we are also reminding one another of who God is and what He has done, and we are declaring to those in our midst who may not know Him, that our great and mighty God is worthy of worship!

Bryan Chapell writes, "We do not approach God on our terms, but his. When he speaks, it is our obligation and privilege to respond appropriately in praise, prayer, repentance, testimony, encouragement of others, and service to what he declares about himself. This corporate dialogue in which we as God's people respond to God's revelation is the sacred rhythm of covenant worship that begins with the Call to Worship."  God has spoken. Creation declares His glory. Come and worship Him.

 

* Thoughts and ideas have been taken and condensed from Mike Cosper's Rhythms of Grace and Bryan Chapell's Christ-Centered Worship. 

New City Band - "We Are Listening"

In case you missed Sunday morning's new song introduction, take a look to 'We Are Listening' from Sojourn Louisville.

Father, I long to be wise, to see with new eyes
The truth that was written by your hand
Father, speak, your truth into me
Because I still believe, that you will help me understand
And we are listening to your word
Morning and evening we come
To delight in the words of our God, 
Give us eyes to see, give us faith to hear
That the Word has come, the the Word is here
Father, I long to see Christ
The Truth and New Life, the Word, that made the universe
Father, speak, now I believe
I have been set free, by the Word that lived and died for me.