Make a JOYFUL Noise

Posted by Scott Frederick on OA1er @ 1:20 AM

Psalm 98

A psalm.

Sing to the Lord a new song,

    for he has done marvelous things;

his right hand and his holy arm

    have worked salvation for him.

The Lord has made his salvation known

    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

He has remembered his love

    and his faithfulness to Israel;

all the ends of the earth have seen

    the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,

    burst into jubilant song with music;

make music to the Lord with the harp,

    with the harp and the sound of singing,

with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—

    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,

    the world, and all who live in it.

Let the rivers clap their hands,

    let the mountains sing together for joy;

let them sing before the Lord,

    for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

    and the peoples with equity.


What an incredible Psalm right? If I may, I would love to break this down a little…not necessarily for you, but more for me. It is easy to forget among all the noise of the world around us to how important worship is!


“Sing a new song…” new or old, I truly think God loves our worship!  It’s not a style issue; it’s a worship issue. It’s really not about music; it’s about our life!  Does our life reflect a new song?  Right now, does my life reflect a new song that proclaims for the entire world to see that He, my Savior Jesus, redeems me?  You see it’s not about music; it’s about my heart. Is my heart right when I speak, in my thoughts, my actions, my attitude?  Do I pretend to be something I truly am not, do I go through the motions of “faith in Jesus?” or am I truly living it out for others to see?


“The Lord has made salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.”  I was challenged at Moody Bible Institute by one of my professors to write out my testimony so that a person who does not have a personal relationship with Jesus could understand it.  That was a powerful exercise for me, one that if we are not careful can be lost. It is easy to get caught up in the routine “Christian-ease” language and avenues of sharing about my righteous Jesus! I have found at First Baptist Church that one way to help those who come through our doors that have either not been in church for a long time or never have been there is to use mainstream music to become a part of our pre-service time.  It’s intentional…it has a purpose and that is to make those who may already be unsure about what is going to happen in the service a little more comfortable, more at ease…”hey, I know that song!” I have had many people share with me how this has helped those they have invited and or themselves that FBC is different. They were engaged before the service even started!  A familiar song that opened them up to hear more about the righteous Jesus engaged them!


The process by which songs like this are selected is with care, research and help from my incredible worship team! Not only do they take part in this process they humbly take on the challenge and present these songs with their own style; most time rivaling that of the original artist.  But that is not our goal as a team; our goal is to honor God, to do our best to “Connect People to Jesus”!


Verse 3 is the Old Testament equivalent of the “Great Commission” found in Matthew chapter 18.  God’s heart is that the whole world see His love…not only see it, but receive it!  We are the conduits on earth to be used by Him for this to happen.  If we loose sight of that…well it goes back to the heart; what is the condition or our heart?  What is the condition of my heart? 


“Shout for joy…burst into jubilant song with music.  Isn’t it interesting…you’ve heard this before that we cheer louder in a stadium for the Cleveland Browns than we do in the church for Jesus!  A very wise former staff member of mine spoke great words of truth to me one day when she said that heaven will be loud…it will be every tribe, tongue and nation all worshipping God!  Please, do not think that I am saying worship should be loud all the time. What I am saying again goes back to the heart…does your heart leap for joy, does it shout, does it burst into jubilant song for the Lord?


“Make music for the Lord.” Nothing specified there. “Make music for the Lord.” If we don’t “make music for the Lord” the Bible says that the rocks will. This Psalm goes on to basically say that nature does just that.  Just go outside and listen.  Nature’s sound doesn’t fit under a certain style, sometimes it’s loud, and sometimes it’s soft. God’s creation sings His praises.


This Psalm ends with God pronouncing judgment in righteousness.  You know again, it boils down to the heart…that is where worship begins. So as I write this, I ask myself…where does my heart stand with God?  There are only two that know that…God and myself.  I do know this, unapologetic, I strive to worship God with my whole being…it’s not my place to try to determine someone else’s heart when it comes to worship…just my own.


Tonight, I end with this. While at Moody Bible Institute I was part of a group that brought Christian recording artist Margaret Becker in for a concert.  I was blessed to have time to talk with her…truly a genuine worshipper.  She shared something that really changed the way I view worship. She shared that her favorite place to tour was over seas…why, because her venues were all bars and pubs. Yes, that is right bars and pubs. Why did she like it…because she was actually fulfilling the great commission!  She had the opportunity to make a joyful noise, to proclaim God’s righteousness to real people who were searching for something more than what they had. Margret told us she would never be able to do that in the states because of the criticism that she would receive. I walked away from that conversation very sad, because in America, followers of Christ, myself included always make it about us!


It goes back to the heart…where is my heart when it comes to worshipping my righteous Lord? 






Don't let faith elude you! Read the blog below...this is what you should see when you look in the mirror in the morning!

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As I am sitting here eating my incredible cinnamon roll between service thinking through the first service worship and I realize I am not worthy to lead worship at FBC.  Who am I that God you would pick me to do this? I know the depths of my heart and life as You do God and I listen to the choir, reminding me of what You did for me Jesus.  I am not worthy!!! It was only fitting to go into “Healer”. Lately I think we all need some healing in various areas of our life.  I know in an candidness that I do.  I struggle each and every day as satan attacks, as life throws it’s curve balls, and as I strive to be a developing follower of Jesus Christ! Did you catch that last one “developing” …none of us have it all together and if you think you do than satan has accomplished deceiving you.  As you are reading this you know what I mean…if you don’t I think you should get on your knees and ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and eyes! Seems like a pretty bleak and hopeless blog doesn’t it!  But the Bridge of the song moves into an incredible promise…”Nothing is impossible for You, nothing is impossible, Nothing is impossible for You, YOU HOLD MY WORLD IN YOUR HANDS!” Thank you Father! You hold my little meaningless, messed up world in Your hands and you care for it and me with the importance of a fine jewel!


You God truly are the Glorious One! If I can figure out a way to sing this song face down, prostrate on the floor, with my hands lifted as high as I could I would!  To think that You, the most Glorious One, holds my world in your hands takes that to a whole new level for me! 




I long for the day, can’t wait for the day for your return or for you to take me home!  This world has nothing to offer me…all it does is disappoint. Satan is such a deceiver and each day he prowls around.  He does his best to make us feel like we have control, that we know it all, that as he did with Adam and Eve…WE ARE WORTHY.  THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS NONE OF US IS WORTHY…NONE!


We need to depend on Christ while we are here on this earth and not be deceived into thinking that we are better or more worthy than someone else.  Each morning we need to look in the mirror on not admire what we see, but be reminded of what we see…an unworthy person made worthy only through Christ redemption! That is the “Resurrection Effect!”




P. Scott


Posted by Scott Frederick on OA9er @ 9:57 AM

The moon and stars they wept


The morning sun was dead


The Savior of the world was fallen


His body on the cross


His blood poured out for us


The weight of every curse upon Him


One final breath He gave


As heaven looked away


The Son of God was laid in darkness


A battle in the grave


The war on death was waged


The power of hell forever broken


The ground began to shake


The stone was rolled away


His perfect love could not be overcome


Now death where is your sting


Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated


Forever He is glorified


Forever He is lifted high


And forever He is risen


He is alive and He is alive


We sing hallelujah we sing hallelujah


We sing hallelujah the Lamb has overcome


This song has been in my head ALL week!  Not sure what else to say because it speaks for itself!






P. Scott


Posted by Scott Frederick on OA10er @ 10:01 AM

We do not have to “feel our way through the darkness” as the opening song this morning talked about!  We have a light, Jesus Christ, who has made a way for us!  When we ask Him into our life, our life changes…forever! Our story changes radically!


This morning we asked God to open up the heavens, we cried out for Him to be here…not for us to feel good, but for us to be challenged, to grow, to guide us as we share the story!  Often as the week moves on we get so caught up in our life that we don’t see the life going on around us!  Each morning this is how we should start our day:


“At break of day in hope we rise

We speak your Name we lift our eyes

Tune our hearts into Your beat

Where you walk there You’ll be”


Powerful words aren’t they!!!  When we don’t maintain things, they fade away…they rust away…they get piled underneath other things!  We need to lift our eyes to the heavens, we need to tune our hearts into God’s heart! God has huge things that He wants to do here in New Castle!  The video in the middle of the worship set “All In”…we need to be ALL IN!!!!!! Are you all in? ARE YOU ALL IN? ARE YOU ALL IN? ARE YOU ALL IN? ARE YOU ALL IN?


Isn’t it time to surrender!  DO WE FULLY REALIZE WHAT GOD DID FOR US?  THE PAIN, THE HURT, THE BURDEN, HIS FATHER TURNED HIS BACK ON HIM!! He did all that for us to have peace, to overcome the war!  WE HAVE OVERCOME BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!!!!  What are you going to do with that?  Anything?


This goes beyond our wants, our needs, what makes us feel good, what is comfortable you know why….because as humans it goes against our wants, our needs, what makes us feel good, and it definitely takes us OUT of our comfort zone. You know it’s easy to sit in church and feel completely comfortable…”DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING”  this is my church!  IT IS NOT YOUR CHURCH…IT IS GOD’S CHURCH!  And he has called us to be a light, to share our story with others of our changed life because of Him!  I attached a video that you need to watch to see, to realize, to comprehend what HE did for you!


SO WAKE UP!  ARE YOU “ALL IN?” because we are about “Connection People to Jesus” and we are unapologetic for that!






P. Scott

Creative Minds

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This morning the Creative Team met to work on the next few months of sermon series ideas! I can’t tell you all enough how much I appreciate this team of people who help in planning the service moments for each and every Sunday!  There is a lot of thought and hard work that goes into making sure that each element helps to “Connect People to Jesus” in one way, shape or form!


            As we are planning the next series: “Jesus’ Pre-Game Speech” we watched a series of videos of movie clips depicting pre-game speeches and Pastor Mike and I found ourselves along with the rest of the team very inspired by them. First Baptist is a team on a mission…that mission is connecting people to Jesus Christ!  We need to be united in this mission, we need to be involved in this mission, we need to be passionate about this mission, we need to use our time, talent and treasure when it comes to this mission!


            Can you imagine being a part of those who heard these last pre-game speeches from Jesus Christ?  He knew that He was no longer going to be here on earth and that the disciples and other followers had to carry out the message of God’s saving grace to the world.  Messages of servant hood, love, obedience and dependence on Him and the Holy Spirit. I can almost feel the energy and excitement as Jesus challenged, inspired and passionately spoke to His followers.


            I wonder as I sat there today how many of us are actually digging into His Word, living out what it means to be a genuine Christ follower. I think we take it for granite a lot! Then I hear on the Internet and news sources how ISIS is beheading children…children who are standing up for their faith in Jesus Christ and I wonder to myself do I enjoy the pre-game speech and watch the game from the sidelines hoping the Coach doesn’t call me to take the field!


            I am reminded of the movie God is not dead and the scene where various college students faced their own persecution for taking the field…for standing up for what God has called them to do. 


            Not sure how much of this makes sense…it’s thoughts floating in my head, and not only my head, but the whole creative team. Connecting People to Jesus…are we standing on the sidelines or are we ready to take the field?




A classic from Keith Green

Posted by Scott Frederick on OP9er @ 9:21 PM

God keep our eyes open!!!


Posted by Scott Frederick on OP2er @ 2:45 PM

It has taken me a day to process this past Sunday!  It was a mixed bag of emotions; in fact the past summer has been much like that!  I believe my faith has been stripped down and shaken to the core…satan is very much active and especially in the churches of the United States today!  I truly believe that we as the body of Christ have lost sight, we have lost sight of the great commission…I fear that church today has become about the “me commission”.  We often refer to church as “my church”…when did that happen?  How can we say it is “my church”?  When and why have we become so self-righteous? IT IS NOT OUR CHURCH! First Baptist Church does NOT belong to the people who are members or attenders. IT BELONGS TO GOD!


Ecclesiastes 3

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

15 Whatever is has already been,
    and what will be has been before;
    and God will call the past to account.[b]

16 And I saw something else under the sun:

In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there.

17 I said to myself,

“God will bring into judgment
    both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
    a time to judge every deed.”

18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

22 So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?

            As I reflected on this Scripture, I realized we have absolutely no control! God does, He has completed control! He has complete control of First Baptist Church and every other Bible believing church in the world! What gets me though is we loose sight of that and when we loose sight of that fact satan takes complete advantage of that!  I can tell you this, as a pastor, being called into ministry is truly an amazing call that comes with some of the most incredible highs and some of the most despairing lows…but God uses His Holy Spirit and call on our lives to direct us…and just like followers of Christ are in the trenches everyday; we too are in the trenches everyday! Just like followers of Christ struggle with being human, so do we as pastors and leaders.  But what I know, when we loose focus on our Savior…when we forget that we are about Connecting People to Jesus and begin to focus on ourselves we have a problem!


            As a developing follower of Christ we ALL have the responsibility to develop that relationship, to understand His great commission, to have a burden for our community, family, friends and coworkers who do not have a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ!  A LIFE CHANGING RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!  And when that happens we are NOT of this world!!!!! We do not view anything through the eyes of the world we view it through the eyes of our God!


            I am going to honest and vulnerable and open up my heart right now…GOD IS IN ULTIMATE CONTROL!  This Sunday we were blessed with an incredible day of worship and challenge. Many of us went through the journey of the adult choir, one of the darkest times in my life! I time of many misunderstandings on both side for sure…but for me one thing remained the same, I AM COMMITTED TO WHAT GOD WANTS FOR HIS GLORY!  As I watched the adult choir sing yesterday I was so happy for them, God used them and despite what happened and the process it happened in it is time to move on, it is time to focus on CONNECTING PEOPLE TO JESUS CHRIST! I will not allow ANYTHING to get into the way of that!  Have I been hurt through the process has the sting of my integrity being in question given a satan an in to discourage me…YES!  BUT I WILL NOT LET HIM WIN!!!  God is bigger and I am committed to what God has called me to do and if anyone wants to question that I would invite them to come and speak directly with me!  I would invite anyone to speak with any pastor or leader of FBC if they have a question or concern with the call on our lives.  This song was the opening of the service and it’s words are powerful…read them!


"Never Once"

Standing on this mountaintop
Looking just how far we’ve come
Knowing that for every step
You were with us

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Kneeling on this battle ground
Seeing just how much You’ve done
Knowing every victory
Was Your power in us

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Yes, our hearts can say

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Scars and struggles on the way
But with joy our hearts can say
Never once did we ever walk alone
Carried by Your constant grace
Held within Your perfect peace
Never once, no, we never walk alone

Never once did we ever walk alone
Never once did You leave us on our own
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

Every step we are breathing in Your grace
Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise
You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful

You are faithful, God, You are faithful
You are faithful, God, You are faithful


            Every song we sang yesterday echoed the words of Ecclesiastes 3…HE IS IN ULTIMATE CONTROL…when will we all realize that and live our lives believing that?  Those who choose a “holy commune”, I feel bad because that is not what Jesus was about at all…that was what the Pharisees and Sadducees were about. God does not want that for us, He wants us all to be connected to Jesus no matter where we are at in our journey towards Him. 







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Posted by Scott Frederick on OA9er @ 9:47 AM

You know this morning as the worship team came to rehearse I look behind me and along side of me and was overwhelmed with the team that God has put together.  They are talented musicians and singers!  They are team players, they get the vision…but most of all, they love God so much that each week that give up countless hours to rehearse and prepare for the Audience on One!


I also know they are real!  They live real lives with real problems, pains, struggles and hurts. And we are on a journey together, myself included in that!!!!  So when we sing a song like “A Little More Jesus” we can relate to it…as Jake said this morning we are human.  All on a journey…but do not think you will ever complete that journey!  It is ongoing!


I say that because as I challenged us all this morning in the worship moment that we all have a responsibility from the great commission…we all have a responsibility to connect people to Jesus Christ! It’s a mix of what we all sang about today!  Getting strength from God and taking a risk with others!


I dream of a church where we all look behind us and along side of us as we strive to connect people to Jesus Christ and build His kingdom!




P. Scott


Posted by Scott Frederick on OA11er @ 11:56 AM

“Reaching out Your Hand

As Your people call”


“I’m running to Your arms

I’m running to Your arms”


“Precious God into Your arms

Without blame I come

Your blood has saved us all”


“There’s a place

Where mercy reigns

And never dies”


“There is no shadow

Of turning with Thee”


Words of truth, words of hope, words of wisdom, words of strength…just when you think you have had more than you can take these words give you courage to move on.






P. Scott

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