Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Music Review: The Fall and Salvation

The Fall and Salvation (Questions with Answers volume 2) Songs for Saplings. Dana Dirksen. Find out more here.
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth." Deuteronomy 11:18-21
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. Psalm 145:4 
We want you to understand things, to get a true knowledge of them. The reason why men forsake truth for error is, that they have not really understood that truth; in nine cases out of ten they have not embraced it with enlightened minds. Let me exhort you, parents, as much as lieth in you, to give your children sound instruction in the great doctrines of the gospel of Christ. ~ Charles Spurgeon

Technically, this music series is designed to help children learn about God, to help establish a theological foundation that will serve them all their days. I think parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Sunday school teachers, pastors, and music directors, etc. should definitely consider using this music with children.

The Questions and Answers are inspired by the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Each song answers one specific question. And each song includes at least one Scripture verse. So children--and adults--are memorizing Scripture too. There are six albums in the Questions With Answers series. Today I am highlighting the second volume: The Fall and Salvation.

The playlist

  • What is A Covenant?
  • What Was Adam's Part in the Covenant?
  • Did Adam Obey God?
  • How Did God Punish Adam's Disobedience?
  • What is Sin?
  • Who is Satan?
  • Who is Stronger, God Or Satan?
  • What Was The Sin of Our First Parents?
  • Who Tempted Adam and Eve to Sin?
  • What Happened to Adam and Eve When They Sinned?
  • What Did Adam's Sin Do To You?
  • What Does Every Sin Deserve?
  • How Sinful Are You By Nature?
  • Can You Go To Heaven with a Sinful Nature?
  • What Is This Change of Heart Called?
  • Who Can Change a Sinner's Heart?
  • Who is the Redeemer of God's Elect?
  • How Is Your Heart Changed?
  • What is Grace?
  • What Work Did Christ Do To Save You?
  • Can Anyone Be Saved By His Own Works?
  • What Do We Gain From the Work of Christ?
  • What is Justification?
  • How Were You Justified?
  • What Is Sanctification?
  • What Are The Two Parts of Sanctification?
  • For Whom Did Christ Die?
  • Who Will Be Saved?
  • What Does It Mean to Repent?
  • What is Faith In Christ?

In the first place, every deviation from truth is a sin. It is not simply a sin for me to do a wrong act, but it is a sin for me to believe a wrong doctrine. Lately our ministers have absolved us all from obeying God in our judgments; they have told us point blank, many of them, in their drawing-rooms, and some of them in the pulpit, that we shall never be asked in the day of judgment what we believed. We have been told that for our acts we shall be responsible, but for our faith we shall be irresponsible, or something very much like it; they have told us plainly, that the God who made us, although he has authority over our hands, our feet, our eyes and our lips, hath but little authority over our judgments; they have told us, that if we make ever such blunders in divinity, they are no sins, so long as we can live right lives. But is that true? No; the whole man is bound to serve God; and if God gives me a judgment, I am bound to employ that judgment in his service; and if that judgment receive an untruth, it has received stolen goods, and I have sinned as much as if I put forth my hand to take my neighbour’s goods. There may be degrees in the sin. If it be a sin of ignorance, it is nevertheless a sin; but it is not so heinous as a sin of negligence, which I fear it is with many. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Doctrine—what we believe—is foundational to how we live. And if you miss it, you’ll never get to where you want to be. It is the ground we stand on as we build our lives. Doctrine, you see, simply means teaching. It’s the content of what we believe, the understanding of reality that shapes our faith. The soil of doctrine in which we’re planted can make us beautiful and help us point others to the beauty of Christ and His gospel. But only if it’s the right doctrine. Even those of us who are long-time Christians can be misled by false or skewed beliefs we’ve picked up somewhere. If we aren’t intentional about where our hearts and minds are planted and watered, we can’t expect to end up with a healthy crop. ~ Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
There is one song on the album I don't like musically. There is one song on the album that I love, love, love "What Do We Gain From the Work of Christ."

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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