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New Song – Lion and the Lamb

This song has been so fun to do over the past few weeks! There are so many reasons I love this song. There are some songs that seem easier to sing as a group. Many of those songs for us at South Fellowship tend to be majestic slow building songs. This one is so singable but it’s also upbeat and joyful at the same time. It’s just fun!

The lyrics of this song are my favorite part. Deposited in the words is a beautiful contrast that we see in our God. Scripture describes Jesus as both a lion and as a lamb. What does that mean for us? God is powerful like a lion; he has fangs and claws and rippling muscles that are capable. That means he is able to protect, and capable to fight on behalf of his people.

That is good news for anyone who is on his side. At first glance we might feel satisfied with only that one description of God thinking that we are on God’s side. But if we look closer, we must recall that, “None is righteous, no, not one (Rom 3:10.” If we look also to Romans 5 where it says, “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God.” No one has approached God as a pure and and worthy person. That means the lion is not on your side. This “lion of judah” is on the side of what is good and we are not good. In fact, on our own, we are God’s enemies. Without some radical transformation we are what is wrong with the world and this lion is protecting what is good.

This is where the beautiful balance of the second description comes in. Jesus is also the lamb that was slain. At first we might think the point of this description is to conjure ideas of Jesus being sweet and gentle, maybe even a bit cuddly. For Israel, that is not what a lamb represented. Lambs were an animal of sacrifices for sin. Jesus isn’t just a lamb, he is the “lamb that was slain.” This sacrifice is what opens the doors of the forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing. The blood of the lamb is what pays for the evils that we have done in this world. Jesus being a sacrificed lamb allows us to have the option of being on the same side as the lion.

In C.W. Lewis’ masterful series Chronicles of Narnia Aslan is the good King of Narnia. Aslan also happens to be a huge lion. Before any of the children have met Aslan there is a beautiful dialogue that captures some of the ideas that I am writing about. In this scene Mr. Beaver is telling the children about Aslan.

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

I love that line, “Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.” This song is all about that. Our God is both a lion, a very unsafe but good lion. He is also a lamb who lays down his life for his enemies so that all of his strength and power can be on our side.

May prayer as we sing this song is that we would remember the beautiful contrast of these two images. May that contrast heighten our appreciation for the Gospel that we have been offered because of the “lamb that was slain.” May we rest in the presence of the Lion of Judah who is strong on our behalf.

Lyrics

Verse 1
He’s coming on the clouds kings and kingdoms will bow down
Every chain will break as broken hearts declare His praise
Who can stop the Lord Almighty

Chorus
Our God is a Lion the Lion of Judah
He’s roaring in power and fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him
Our God is a Lamb the Lamb that was slain
For the sins of the world His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Every knee will bow before Him

Verse 2
Open up the gate make way before the King of Kings
The God who comes to save is here to set the captives free
For who can stop the Lord Almighty

Bridge
Who can stop the Lord Almighty
Who can stop the Lord Almighty
Who can stop the Lord Almighty
Who can stop the Lord

New Song – Lion and the Lamb2019-02-09T12:09:02-07:00

New Song: Exalted Over All

We have been singing this song over the past several weeks. I love finding songs that have a strong connection to a passage of scripture and this song is like that. This songs was birthed from Philippians chapter 2

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This text is one of my favorites because it teaches us of the extent to which Christ went to save us. He humbled himself to become a human. When he did that he set aside his heavenly power only to be beaten and killed for us. These truths demonstrate God’s extravagant love for you and I. The passage goes on to tell us that after Jesus rose again he was given the name above every other name. God had not only conquered sin but he had defeated death and earned a name above every other name.

One of the theologically significant things that took place through Jesus was the proving of his nature. Jesus was and has always been worthy of highest praise but because of his life death and resurrection he demonstrated that worth in a unique way. Hebrews teaches us this idea in multiple places saying things like, “learned obedience” through what he suffered (Her 5:8). Jesus was perfect and complete before he because human but he demonstrated his perfection through his life. Jesus proves that God isn’t all talk when it comes to love. Jesus demonstrated he isn’t all talk when it comes to how we should live. He put action to his love and commands. Jesus has earned the name above every name by not just being God but by remaining holy even in his human form.

When we sing this song I want us to reflect on how evident Jesus’ worth is. He is exalted over all for so many reasons. I love raising our voices together to say that because it feels like we are doing exactly what we will be doing in all of eternity. Our entire future is going to be filled with lives that reflect, sing, and exalt Jesus above all else. Let’s start that process today, let’s use this song to help us.

Lyrics

From heaven’s throne, You came to us
And set your heart upon the cross
We’ll never know the sacrifice You’ve made
For all our sin and all our shame
You took the nails, You took our place
No one else could do what You have done
One name is higher
One name is stronger
Than any grave, than any throne
Christ exalted over all
From the grave, where death would die
You rose again and brought us life
You’re reigning now, the Saviour of the world
You’re reigning now, the Saviour of the worldOne name is higher
One name is stronger
Than any grave, than any throne
Christ exalted over all
The only Saviour, Jesus Messiah
To You alone our praise belongs
Christ exalted over all

We’ll sing your praise
We’ll sing your praise
We’ll sing your praise forever
We lift your name
We lift your name
Jesus over all

|2x|

One name is higher
One name is stronger
Than any grave, than any throne
Christ exalted over all
The only Saviour, Jesus Messiah
To You alone our praise belongs
Christ exalted over all
To You alone our praise belongs
Christ exalted over all

We’ll sing your praise
We’ll sing your praise
We’ll sing your praise forever
We lift your name
We lift your name
Jesus over all

|4x|

One name is higher
One name is stronger
Than any grave, than any throne
Christ exalted over all
The only Saviour, Jesus Messiah
To You alone our praise belongs
Christ exalted over all
To You alone our praise belongs
Christ exalted over all

New Song: Exalted Over All2019-02-09T12:09:05-07:00

New Song: Abide With Me (Matt Redman, Matt Maher)

This song is not completely new at this point but I still wanted to write a bit about it. It has been a joy singing this as a church. It’s one of those songs that capitalize on the fact that South Fellowship Church is a singing church. I love that about our church!

Whenever we add a song to our repertoire I ask myself what truths the song presses upon us. That is, after all, what music does, it presses upon us ideas and emotions. I long to sing a body of songs that press a diverse range of gospel truths upon us. In the ups and downs of life, we ought to have songs that linger on the surface of our souls that bubble up and help us to think and feel correctly. So the question is the same for this song. What truths and emotions does this song offer us?

One theological truth that sets Christianity apart is the incarnation. Simply put, God became a man. We have a God who understands the human condition, understands the temptation, and understands pain. It’s on that foundation that God’s love is poured out for us. This song emphasizes this truth with lines like: “You walked it first, You know our pain” and “You met us in our suffering and bore our shame.” These ideas help us remember that we don’t have a distant God. We have a God who “met us in our suffering.”

We sing another song at South called Abide With Me. It is one of my favorite songs but I’ve had one issue with it. Why ask God to abide with me if he is omnipresent and he has given us his spirit to dwell with us? I think we still benefit from making such requests because the requests are honest. Knowing a theological truth doesn’t automatically mean it’s easy to feel the implications of that truth. The Psalms are filled with prayers that are probably not theologically or morally informed but are emotionally honest. For example, there are many times in the Psalms when the psalmist asks God to commit violent acts against his enemies. Praying for the destruction people does not reflect the heart of God who died for his enemies. Is it wrong to pray? I don’t think so but that is another blog. There is a great video that addresses this if you want more answers about that. The point is, that we are free to pray honest prayers to God. When we ask God to “abide with me” the answer is a resounding “yes.” It’s almost an unnecessary prayer if we think God wasn’t going to abide. It’s only necessary because WE need to say it to remind us of God’s consistent answer.

One of the reasons I love the Chorus of this song is that it extends a reminder of God’s posture towards a prayer like this. The lyrics say, “Ever close, God abide with me.” When I ask God to abide, I must remember that he is, “ever close.” God’s posture towards us is not distant. It is not God who is distant from us, it is our own awareness and openness that makes us removed from him. This chorus reminds us that he is near and waiting to engage us with his, never letting go, love. It’s as if he is chomping at the bit for us to wake up and say we want his presence. As soon as we do, he is immediately available to declare his love.

Lyrics

I have a home, eternal home
But for now I walk this broken world
You walked it first, You know our pain
But You show hope can rise again up from the grave

Abide with me, abide with me
Don’t let me fall, and don’t let go
Walk with me and never leave
Ever close, God abide with me

There in the night, Gethsemane
Before the cross, before the nails
Overwhelmed, alone You prayed
You met us in our suffering and bore our shameAbide with me, abide with me
Don’t let me fall, and don’t let go
Walk with me and never leave
Ever close, God abide with me

Oh love that will not ever let me go
Love that will not ever let me go
You never let me go
Love that will not ever let me go
Oh You never let us go

And up ahead, eternity
We’ll weep no more, we’ll sing for joy, abide with me

New Song: Abide With Me (Matt Redman, Matt Maher)2019-02-09T12:09:08-07:00

Just To Be Known

This is an original song that one of our very own members wrote. Rob Colwill, in addition to being a business leader, is a strong voice for the arts. One of his passions is leveraging creativity to express. One of the way’s he does that is by writing songs. He also is an encourager of artists. He challenges all the musicians he knows to keep creating and South Fellowship is better because of his leadership.

This song was birthed out of his own life of worship. The song worked so well with our current All I Am series, that we asked him to play it a few times during the series. He is praying about a few different creative projects in the near future and may be starting a Go Fund Me page to get them off the ground. We will keep you posted when you can help him.

Lyrics

VERSE 1
G
You’ve Been
C D
Ever before me
C Em
Through every storm and sea
D C
You have been
G
You light
C D
Every dark place
C Em
Every broken space
D C
You are right there

PRE CHORUS
Am Em C G
When nights last longer than hope
C G D
You’re in this dark, your in my soul
Am Em C G
When pain is brighter than lights
C G D
You are my song, You are mine

CHORUS
C G D
We hold tight before your throne
Em C
Just to be known
G D
Just to be known
C G D
Send your angels to this place
Em C
And give us new names
COLUMN_BREAK
INSTRUMENTAL

VERSE 2
G
You’ve been
C D
Ever before me
C Em
A pillar of fire
D C
Burning through fear
G
You’ve been
C D
Ever before me
C Em
The light shining over seas
D C
Winds safe to sail

CHORUS X2

VERSE 1

Just To Be Known2019-02-09T12:15:18-07:00

New Song – Good Good Father

I love this song so much! I’ve been meaning to add it to our “new song blog” for a while. It isn’t quite new to us anymore but I still feel the need to give you some explanation behind it. The New Song Cafe video will give you some background on the song.

The reason I love this song so much is the way it defines our value through the love of God. The chorus defines God as good and it defines us as loved. The beauty in that is that our our deepest value has nothing to do with us. Romans 5 reminds us that God’s love for us is NOT based upon our actions. In fact, God loved us while we were his enemies. That proves that we didn’t earn this love.

Who you are is NOT defined by what you have or haven’t done. It is not defined by where you are from. It is ultimately defined by the sum of the fathers love for you. If you are perfect and have never made any mistakes that might not be as beautiful as it is for me. If you are like me and have messed up, hurt people, struggled with the same old sins over and over again, and all together deserve justice, then this might be a beautiful truth.

A few notes on verse 3:

For a song I love so much, I have wrestled with verse 3 quite a bit. I think I have made peace with the intention of the verse but I need to address it anyway. I don’t like introduce songs to corporate worship that have confusing ideas. I also don’t want to fall into the trap of stifling the beauty and power of poetic expression in our worship. If we must ensure that every line of a song has the precision of a systematic theology book we would likely drain the power of music right out. A great work of art causes you to see something from a different perspective OR it expresses an emotion that demands language that implies things beyond the words. Art makes us slow down and feel something deeply.

The reason I still bring up this verse is that I think it could be too easy to misunderstand. I want to invite you briefly into my journey with this song because I want us all to feel AND think when we sing together.

The verse says, “love so undeniable I can hardly speak. Peace so unexplainable I can hardly think.” The challenge I’ve have with that is that it implies that God’s love somehow makes us mute and His peace makes us mindless. I am confident this isn’t what the writer of the song is saying at all.

The first phrase: If we meditate on the lengths that God went to love us, it may cause us to be speechless in our response to him. In that sense the first line is okay. I wouldn’t feel the need to change this line if I were not addressing the next line already. I believe God’s great love is, in fact, one reason we DO speak. God’s great love may cause us to be speechless in our response to Him but demand that we worship out loud and tell others at the same time. The greatest impetus for evangelism and missions is that love demands we speak of it. In that sense we could be singing, love so undeniable I can’t help but speak. One slightly less significant issue with the line is that we are singing when we say we can’t speak. That is a minor issue to me since we often speak of kneeling, raising hands, and then don’t do those activities. I’ll let you decide weather you should fall to your knees every time we sing that we are.

The second phrase: This line is the most problematic to me and the reason we will probably not sing the radio version’s lyrics from now on. I will grant that the song writers intentions are almost certainly sound. The peace that God gives us is described in scripture as being “beyond understanding (Phil. 4:7).” I believe that is exactly what the song writer is getting at with the line about peace. The challenge they had was that the word understanding doesn’t sing as well the word “think” in the song.

Peace doesn’t cause us to be mindless (to shut down thinking). Instead the presence of peace doesn’t make sense unless you factor in the comfort of God. Just to be sure that I’m not overly splitting hairs, I went back to the Philippine passage to get a bit more clarity.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

The challenge Paul gives is to not be anxious about anything. The way you get away from anxiety is to bring everything to God in prayer. By inviting God into those things we remember his goodness, his faithfulness, his wisdom, and peace about the situation. The peace that God gives us is actually a byproduct of thinking about our situations as they compare to God. in John 16:33 Jesus says that it is in him that we find peace. Even this passage says that our hearts and minds are guarded “in Christ Jesus.” As a side note, the opening line of verse four challenges the church to let their reasonableness be known. Reasonableness seems like a very mentally active idea.

So, is the idea of peace causing us to be unable to “think” accurate? I believe you would have to change the definition of the word “think” a bit to much to call it accurate. Could I sing this song and still worship God in spirit and in truth? Yes, but I would be injecting my study of Philippians 4 into that little word “think.” For all these reasons I have changed the last light of verse 3 to reflect more closely the ideas I see in the passage. Peace swells up inside of me, when I see how you guard me.

What I love about lots of songs that are being written these days is how I can find scripture behind every line. Even in this case it was easy for me to find scripture that connects to each idea in the song. I love that and I am so grateful for songwriters who work so hard to sing things that are so deep and significant.

Lyrics

Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think you’re like
But I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you’re pleased
And that I’m never alone

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Oh, and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we’re all searching
For answers only you provide
Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

Cause you are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways
You are perfect in all of your ways to us

Oh, it’s love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak (I can’t help but sing)
Peace so unexplainable (Peace swells up inside of me)
I, I can hardly think (when I see how you guard me)

As you call me deeper still [x3]
Into love, love, love

[x3:]
You’re a Good, Good Father
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

You’re a Good, Good Father
(You are perfect in all of your ways)
It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who you are
And I’m loved by you
(You are perfect in all of your ways)
It’s who I am, it’s who I am it’s who I am

New Song – Good Good Father2019-02-09T12:15:23-07:00

New Song – Death Was Arrested

This song has two great things going for it. First, it walks through the gospel. I love songs that do this. One of the reasons we sing as a church is to enforce the gospel. This song expresses the life of a person being redeemed with beautiful language like, “my orphan heart was given a name.”

The second thing this song has going for it is a unique idea. I love when a song expresses a facet gospel in a unique way. The idea that death was arrested is that unique thought. If you watch the video that explains where the song came from, you will see that it was an idea sparked by the words on a headstone. Death doesn’t arrest your soul when you die in Christ. The resurrection of Jesus ensures that death has been arrested.

As we sing this song at South, we reflect on this beautiful exchange, death to life, bondage to freedom, and abandoned to adopted.

Lyrics

V1
Alone in my sorrow dead in my sin
Lost without hope with no place to begin
Your love Made a way to let mercy come in
When death was arrested and my life began
V2
Ash was redeemed only beauty remains
My orphan heart was given a name
My mourning grew quiet my feet rose to dance
When death was arrested and my life began
CH
Oh your grace so free
Washes over me
You have made me new
Now life begins with you
It’s your endless love
Pouring down on us
You have made us new
Now life begins with youV3
Released from my chains I’m a prisoner no more
My shame was a ransom he faithfully bore
He cancelled my debt and he called me his friend
When death was arrested and my life began
V4
Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross
Darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost
But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand
That’s when death was arrested and my life began
That’s when death was arrested and my life began

POST CH.
Oh we’re free free
Forever we’re free
Come join the song
Of all the redeemed

Yes we’re free free
Forever amen
When death was arrested
and my life began

New Song – Death Was Arrested2019-02-09T12:15:25-07:00

No Longer Slaves

During Sunday services, we recently started playing the message of this song…we are no longer slaves to fear. Even though you may not be a full-time slave to fear, you may have inner anxiety about a particular day. Another person’s heavy words may have impacted you and have you in their grip. You may have foreseen the loss of a job, being overtaken by a serious illness, or feel you cannot adequately provide for a child dear to you. You are not alone.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34 ESV)

Fear is a common aspect of other sins. For example, anger is almost always rooted in fear of losing personal control. As Christians we have a good Father with our best interest in mind and infinite resources and power to work out His care for us. Our confidence in God’s love for us provides resources to face ANY situation. We need not fear because of Him.

This song reminds me that I am far more than my greatest success and far more then my greatest weakness…I am a child of God. That untouchable identity is God’s creation. I (and you if you are his child) have a heavenly Father with the mental capacity to see and care for every wildflower and bird as well as paint the sky every day. He loves us enough to send His Son Jesus and adopt us as His children. THAT is a great Father! As I repeat this song, it drills these beautiful, fear destroying, truths into my soul.

You unravel me, with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance, from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

From my mothers womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into your family
Your blood flows through my veins

I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of GodI am surrounded
By the arms of the father
I am surrounded
By songs of deliverance

We’ve been liberated
From our bondage
We’re the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom

You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
All my fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
So I could stand and sing
I am child of God…

No Longer Slaves2019-02-09T12:09:14-07:00

The King of love

Lyrics

The King of Love my Shepherd is
Whose goodness faileth never
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever
And He is mine forever

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul He leadeth
And where the verdant pastures grow
With food celestial feedeth

Never failing, Ruler of my heart
Everlasting, Lover of my soul
On the mountain high or in the valley low
The King of Love my Shepherd is
The King of Love my Shepherd is

Lost and foolish off I strayed
But yet in love He sought me
And on His shoulder gently laid
And home rejoicing brought me

In death’s dark veil I fear no ill
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me
Thy rod and staff my comfort still
Thy cross before to guide me

Never failing, Ruler of my heart
Everlasting, Lover of my soul
On the mountain high or in the valley low
The King of Love my Shepherd is
The King of Love my Shepherd is

Oh, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Oh, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Never failing, Ruler of my heart
Everlasting, Lover of my soul
On the mountain high or in the valley low
The King of Love my Shepherd is

Never failing, Ruler of my heart
Everlasting, Lover of my soul
On the mountain high or in the valley low
The King of Love my Shepherd is
The King of Love my Shepherd is

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never
Good Shepherd, may I sing Your praise
Within Your house forever
Within Your house forever

The King of Love My shepherd Is

By: Henry W. Baker

The words to this song were originally written in the 1850s to be a part of a Hymn collection called, “Hymns Ancient and Modern.” It was a much more interpretive rendition of a Psalm then was common in that day. The text it is based on is Psalm 23. Baker changed the Psalm from “The Lord is my shepherd” to “The king of love my shepherd is.” His efforts in these changes were to point further to Christ and other texts about Jesus as shepherd. These interpretive lyrics were forward thinking in their day. Read more about it’s history.  This song has historically been played to several different tunes. Most recently the group I Am They found these great words and created the version we play at South Fellowship.

We have introduced this song at South for several reasons. The obvious reason to add this song is our Good Shepherd – Psalm 23 series. This song does a wonderful job exploring the 23rd Psalm musically. I have probably said this in past blogs but, one of the most important tasks a believer can put themselves to is remembering. The songs we sing are an important part of Gospel-Transformation at South.

At South we talk about Gospel Transformation, Life-giving Community, and Visible Faith. These three phrases are not simply pithy sayings that we came up with to feel like we have a unified direction. These phrases are what we see the scriptures teaching us about being a follower of Jesus. If you ever wonder what you can do to grow as a follower of Jesus you can just focus on those things. I’m expanding a bit beyond this song but it’s important for us to realize what we are doing when we sing. Here is a short expansion of our mission to help you categorize our singing and help you understand what to focus on in your own life to grow as an apprentice of Jesus.

Gospel Transformation: Get the gospel in front of you daily and in many ways. This includes but is not limited to scripture reading, praying thanks for what God has done for you, singing songs that remind you of the work of Jesus. This is what we do as we sing. We reorient our souls to the realities that Jesus offers us.

Life-giving Community: Spend time with other believers. Find other followers of Jesus and encourage them, be encouraged by them, be challenged by them, press through the conflicts and grow. We are designed to grow in community not in isolation. When we gather corporately to sing we do some of this as well. Often when we sing we are singing to each other. Some time think about that in a worship service. Sing the truth to the people around you.

Visible Faith: Find out how God has uniquely designed you to participate in His mission and get in the game. You were made for a mission and if you don’t do what you were made for you will never fully thrive.

So there you have it, there is how you can grow. If you are wondering what you should do to help your kids grow, it’s the same. If you are wondering what you can do to help a friend grow closer to Jesus, it’s the same.

I love singing this song with South because it reminds us of truth about our Good Shepherd. I trust it does the same for you.

The King of love2019-02-09T12:09:58-07:00

New Song – Because He Lives (Amen)

The original song titled “because he lives” remains one of my favorites. The idea that we can face amazing challenges in life “because he lives.” This new song takes that idea and continues to expand it. I love this song and It has been a great joy singing it with this church!

The cross of Jesus has become a symbol of Christianity but without the empty tomb of Jesus, our hope is lost. It is the resurrection of Christ that proves that God concord sin and death. He also creates a way for us to raise to life again. Watch Ryan’s sermon from easter to explore this idea some more.

A few thoughts on the words of this song:

“Let my song join the one that never ends!” This line is very significant. When you become a worshiper of Jesus you are joining a worship service that has been going on since the beginning of time and will forever continue. You are joining a song sung by the stars and all of creation. People who don’t worship God are NOT the majority, they are actually the only ones not in alignment with the universe. I love this line and I love singing it with my church and I think we will be singing it together forever.

Lyrics

I believe in the Son
I believe in the risen One
I believe I overcome
By the power of His blood

Amen, Amen
I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen
Let my song join the one that never ends
Because He lives

I was dead in the grave
I was covered in sin and shame
I heard mercy call my name
He rolled the stone away

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
Every fear is gone
I know He holds my life my future in His hands

New Song – Because He Lives (Amen)2019-02-09T12:11:02-07:00

New Song – Only King Forever

About The Song

God has been doing some amazing things at South Fellowship Church! We have more then doubled in attendance over the past several years. Our finances are in much better order then they were a few years ago. There are several other encouraging facts BUT these are NOT the most important things! People are growing in their love of Jesus, people are meeting Jesus, and people are learning to trust the finished work of Jesus.

This song was written for a church that was seeing lots of growth. Watch the video to the left to hear about that. The text that this song came from is:

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the LORD has helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12 ESV)

As we sing this song at South I want us to declare to ourselves and every generation that is birthed out of this church, WE ARE ABOUT JESUS! Knowing Jesus and making him known is what we want to be about no matter how we grow in numbers. Maybe as you sing this song, think about your kids leading this church in the future. Tell them what this church should be about. If you can’t think of what that is, here is a hint:

Jesus

Lyrics

Only King Forever CCLI # 7011438

Written By: Pastor Steven Furtick, Wade Joye, Chris Brown, Mack Brock

VERSE 1:

Our God, a firm foundation Our rock, the only solid ground As nations rise and fall

Kingdoms once strong now shaken But we trust forever in your name The name of Jesus
We trust the name of Jesus

CHORUS:
You are the only King forever Almighty God we lift you higher You are the only King forever Forevermore, you are victorious

VERSE 2:

Unmatched in all your wisdom In love and justice you will reign Every knee will bow

We bring our expectations
Our hope is anchored in your name The name of Jesus
We trust the name of Jesus

BRIDGE:

We lift our banner high We lift the name of Jesus From age to age you reign Your kingdom has no end

New Song – Only King Forever2019-02-09T12:10:59-07:00
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