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Sing, Church, Sing - Tom's Favorite

September 05 2018
September 05 2018

For the next four weeks, we’re doing a sermon series on congregational worship that we’re calling, “Sing Church, Sing!” There’s more to congregational worship than singing – but singing is a huge part of it. Why do we sing when we gather together for worship? You’ll have to come on Sunday to hear the answer to that. The point of this post and the ones that follow will be to highlight a few songs that are special to some of the leaders in our church.

My favorite song that we sing in worship is “In Christ Alone.” It’s an easy song with which to sing along and it’s loaded with powerful lyrics. It begins with the unshakable love of God before moving to the incarnation and death of Jesus Christ in the second stanza. The third stanza reflects on the resurrection before reaching a crescendo in the final stanza, proclaiming the hope we have in our risen Lord.

This song manages to preach the gospel with beauty and power in a mere four minutes! Before anything else, God loved us with a matchless love. Because our Father loved us, he sent his Son to come and die for our sins. However, our Savior didn’t stay dead and because he rose again we have a hope that nothing can take away. “In Christ Alone” reminds me of that which is most true: God saves sinners. He even saves sinners like me. I often get chills as we sing these words:

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine 
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

Christ stands in victory over sin and death – my sin and death – which means my hope is secure. All sorts of things in life can cause me to forget that. I can get distracted by tasks that are waiting in the office. My attention can be pulled away by whatever my next plans with friends might be. Because I’m a sinner in need of God’s grace, it can be hard for me to keep a steady focus on the things that matter most. But as I sing this song, I can drown out those thoughts and focus in on what I need more than anything else. I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ.


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