Kingdom Growth pt 2

The problem is that as a church we are not encouraging or fostering that to happen—simply because we don’t have a structure in place for it to happen. Our structure currently consists of one large group that meets on Sunday morning for worship and then four middle sized groups that meet on Sunday evening, Wednesday evening and then two on Sunday morning. Do you see the issue with this? I hope you see a little more why we tried to have the four small groups that each of you led last year; and why I am going to continue pushing so hard for us to create and live within the context of a small group ministry for the church. People need the benefits that a small group dynamic offers. Otherwise we are living the Christian life without all of the benefits of the Christian community.

Before I list out the ten fundamental reasons for small groups I want to touch on one more paradigm that will be helpful—it has to do with the generational peculiarities. Here is a list of the existing generations, their dates of birth and the approximate number of births for that generation.

G.I. Generation 1904-1924 59.6 million

Silent Generation 1925-1945 55.4 million

Boomer Generation 1946-1964 75.9 million

Generation X 1965-1979 51.5 million

Millennial Generation 1980-2000 77.9 million

As with any list of dates, there is some fluidity involved. For instance, I was born in 1978, but in terms of characteristics I would probably fit in more to the Millennials. Notice which generation you fit into. As we walk through a brief description of each of them, see if that fits your characteristics and experience. As we go through these I will use myself and my parents as illustrations.

The G.I. Generation was greatly affected by two major events: the Great Depression and World War II; with the latter event giving this generation their name. For most of their lives, the GI Generation benefitted from an expanding economy, rising real estate values, and generous government programs. Interestingly though, their wealth did not depend on the government programs or even their education—it was because of their rigid work ethic and conservative nature. They had either seen or heard first-hand of the devastating effects of the Great Depression. They were greatly influenced by this. A high school diploma was sufficient to find a well paying, secure job with good benefits in their early years. Because they typically had a lower level education than successor generations, their perspectives on life tended to be shaped differently from the younger population.

The Silent Generation was born from 1925 to 1945. They have been called the Silent Generation because so few of its members held high-profile business or political positions at the time of its naming. For example, no U.S. President has ever come from this generation. Eventually many researchers began changing their name to the Swing Generation because they were caught between two potent and influential generations. Some in this generation swing towards the more casual lifestyle of the Boomers; while the majority swung towards the more conservative perspectives of their G.I. Generation elders. For the majority who swung towards, and were influenced by, their elder G.I.’s, they are extremely conservative—religiously, socially, fiscally and usually politically as well. They greatly value consistency and generally dislike change.

The Baby Boomers were born from 1946 to 1964. Until the Millennials, this was the largest generation in America’s history. In many ways, the Boomers are the most discussed, most marketed and most debated generation ever. Their sheer size caught the attention of businesses, schools, the media, churches, and other organizations for decades. The majority of the Boomers were raised by stay-at-home mothers who were younger than mothers with children at home today. They are the Woodstock and Vietnam generation that believed their way was the way. In the 1960s the Boomers were countercultural and antiauthoritarian. That self-centered independent spirit became a self-centered, materialistic spirit in the 1980s; and it carried over to churches. Many of the mega-churches that were begun in the 1970s and 80s (i.e. Saddleback in Los Angeles and Willow Creek in Chicago) were founded by Boomers and marketed to Boomers. Take for example the largest church in the U.S., Lakewood Church in Houston that is led by Joel Osteen (a Generation X’er) and founded by his father (a member of the Silent Generation). As much as any other church, Lakewood markets itself to the Boomer generation. Next time you happen upon him preaching on television, take a moment and notice the crowd. They are all older Gen Xers and Boomers. It’s no coincidence that Osteen has grown his fathers’ church to over 40,000 members by preaching a “prosperity gospel.” He has successfully appealed to the materialistic and selfish nature of the Boomer generation.

Next is Generation X. They were originally called the Buster Generation because of the dramatic decline in live births from their predecessor generation. The label, Generation X or Gen X, came from a novel by Douglas Coupland. Generation Xers have cultural perspectives and political experiences that were shaped by a series of events. These include the election of Ronald Reagan, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, the election of George H.W. Bush, the launch of the Hubble Telescope, the savings and loan crisis, the election of Bill Clinton and the 1990s economic boom. Generation X experienced the introduction of the personal computer, the start of the video game era, cable television and the Internet. Other events include the AIDS epidemic, the War on Drugs, the Iran hostage crisis, the Persian Gulf War, the Dot-com bubble. They are often called the MTV Generation.

In the preface to Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion, Professor Christine Henseler summarized it as “a generation whose worldview is based on change, on the need to combat corruption, dictatorships, abuse, AIDS, a generation in search of human dignity and individual freedom, the need for stability, love, tolerance, and human rights for all.” When compared with previous generations, Gen X represents a more heterogeneous generation, exhibiting great variety of diversity in such aspects as race, class, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Change is more the rule for the people of Generation X than the exception. Unlike their parents who challenged leaders with intent to replace them, Gen Xers tend to ignore leaders and work for more long term institutional and systematic change through economic, media and consumer actions. The U.S. Census Bureau cites Generation X as highly educated, statistically holding the highest education levels when looking at current generations. Finally, this generation is waiting to have children longer than any previous generation. When there are two parents at home, they generally both pursue careers at the expense of family; which is one of the reasons that divorce is so high among this generation. Simply put, this generation is extremely lonely and searching for community and a place to belong.

The most recent generation to be “closed off” is the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y). The Millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. They have grown up in a society that is very different than any group before them. They have been plugged into technology since they were babies, are the most scheduled generation ever, are true multi-taskers, expect to have 6-8 careers in their lifetime and are attracted to diverse environments. They are starting out as the most politically progressive age group in modern history. In the 2008 election, Millennials voted for Barack Obama over John McCain by 66%-32%, while adults ages 30 and over split their votes 50%-49%. In the four decades since the development of Election Day exit polling, this is the largest gap ever seen in a presidential election between the votes of those under and over age 30. They are the first generation in human history who regards things like tweeting and texting, along with websites like Facebook, YouTube, Google and Wikipedia as everyday parts of their social lives and their search for understanding. They are the least religious group since survey research began charting religious behavior. They are on track to becoming the most educated generation in history. Finally, they are similar to their predecessor generation in that they value community and are highly relational.

Well, that’s a lot of information for just talking about small groups at church. Here’s why it’s important . . . the G.I. generation members have for the most part died. The Silent Generation is well into their retirement. They have slowed down considerably. Many of them are still active as the leaders in churches. Since they are a religious group and are likely entrenched in their faith, this also means that they are not likely to be converted. The Boomers have been catered to by churches for the past twenty to thirty years. They have high expectations from their churches. They expect to be served and catered to. This is one of the reasons that entertainment-driven worship has become so popular. Similar to the Silent Generation, the Boomers are beginning to grow older and, from a big-picture perspective are poor prospects to convert. They are not terribly religious and those that are religiously inclined have likely already put down roots in a church. For the purposes of this discussion we are now at the most important generations – Gen Xers and Millenials. These are well educated; which means that we have been taught in college and graduate school to be highly critical. We are highly relational and distrustful or institutions and large organizations. Because so many of our families are dysfunctional and broken, we have a high value for community and long for strong relationships. The Gen Xers are in the middle of raising children and many of those who left their faith when they were in college and begun coming back to church now that they have kids.

The millennials are just a few years behind in this regard; and they are also highly relational. Moreso than the Gen Xers, they are highly skeptical of organized religion, though they are quite spiritual. This is a strange phenomenon to be sure, but it has been well documented. Because of their age (and lack of entrenched faith) these two generations are the most likely to be converted. But, because they are skeptical and critical, and have distrust for organized religion, our current structure is ill-suited to attract them. Think about it this way, the symbol of organized religion is the church building and our entire structure is built around the church building. It’s no wonder that we have a hard time attracting this age group (In fact, unless I am mistaken, the only people in this age group at our church have grown up in the church. We haven’t attracted and converted any . . . yet). Add to this the fact that both groups are highly relational and long for deep and lasting friendships—this leads to logical conclusion that small groups must be part of the structure for any church that is going to consistently reach these generations (at this point we have to think back to the information about group dynamics). This is why all of the growing churches have small groups. They are growing by attracting these two groups; and for the most part they are using small groups ministries to do it.

Well, we’re at 11 pages now. I’m sorry that I have been so long winded. But since I am asking you to make such a big change and adjustment, it’s only reasonable to give you the full picture. Now that we have covered group dynamics and generational peculiarities, we are now ready to look at the specific reasons for small groups that I have discovered through my year-long study. As you read through these, read them through the lens of group dynamics and generational peculiarities. These are in no particular order.

  1. Small groups will help assimilate new members into the community and help them to develop relationships.
  • God brings us guests all of the time; and some of them are sincere seekers. Having a small group ministry will help us to get them plugged into the life of the body. It’s difficult for us to really grasp just how hard it is to try to get plugged in to a new church and develop meaningful relationships. You have been here for a while, some of you a long while. But put yourselves in the place of a new person who is seeking God and looking for a church home. They are probably intimidated and scared. Having a few people put their arms around them and take them in helps to assimilate them into the body. There is substantiated research that states that a person must develop seven friendships within one year or they won’t stay at the church. There is a long list of people who have come and gone in the two years since I have been here. I can’t help but think how many we could have held on to if we could have gotten them plugged into a small group of Christians who could have loved on them, encouraged them and helped them feel plugged into the Church.
  • There is a lot of different statistics on the impact of friendships and church growth. But the bottom line is that if visitors or new members don’t develop at least five friendships, the research indicates that they will not last more than two years.
  1. Develop and mentor future leaders.
  • Any group, especially a church, is only as strong as its leaders. I have seen a lot of churches get a lot of things right, but have poor leadership. They all failed miserably. We have to be intentional about developing leaders for today and tomorrow. We have a lot of potential out there; we have to be good stewards with it. In a small group setting each of us to going to have more opportunities to develop deeper friendships with people, which will give us greater opportunities to mentor and raise up more leaders. Not in mention in a small group there are greater opportunities for leadership roles. Just think about this . . .  how long can you reasonably expect to serve as an Elder? Three years? Five years? Ten years? Longer? That’s how long you have to train your replacements. How long do you think it will take to have a pipeline of talent that is ready to lead?
  1. Provide opportunities for accountability to take place.
  • James 5:16 says that we are to confess our sins to each other and to pray for one another. This is the essence of accountability. During my two years here there have been many issues that have come to my attention. I can only imagine all that I don’t know about. Here’s a few actual examples (all are with people in our church):
    • a middle-aged couple is struggling with their grown daughter being in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend. She won’t leave the man and she won’t let her parents help her. So they are left to worry and fret about her. They have only one person in their lives who they feel comfortable asking for help, encouragement and prayers from. If they were in a small group, they would have a greater chance to develop deeper friendships and would have more people they could take their struggles to and receive encouragement from.
    • A married man and a woman had an emotional affair with a woman in the church. There was no physical intimacy. But marriage vows were definitely violated and two families were nearly ruined because of it. The wounds will take years to heal and the scars will remain for much longer. Had each of these people been engaged in a small group, there is a greater likelihood that the red flags (and there were plenty) could have been noticed by people who had earned the right to hold them accountable. At that point, tough conversations and accountability could have taken place before the damage was done. The red flags of a struggling marriage are easy to notice by the people who are active in your life. As it stands, there were only two people in the entire church who noticed the red flags and intervened to keep the marriage intact and from a bad situation becoming a lot worse. And this situation still isn’t completely healed.
    • There is a man who has gone through a difficult situation and as a result is struggling with alcohol abuse. He is not an alcoholic. But he is not far from it. I am literally the only person who knows about it. Since there is not an appropriate group available for him to talk about his struggles and his emotional pain (that are leading to the alcohol abuse), he is left to struggle in private where Satan can have a field day with him. I am working with him as much as I can. But I just can’t help but wonder how much better off he would be if he were involved in a small group and surrounded by close friends who could minister to him.
    • The last example I will share is one of a “younger” married man who has children. He is addicted to pornography and masturbation. He is greatly ashamed of his sin and is trying to defeat it. He needs and longs for relationships with Christians. But other than me, he really has none. Even though he wishes for mature Christian men to surround himself with and be ministered by, he has trouble finding them because there is no structure built into our church for him to make these friends and develop the relationships.
    • As a side note, these are just four of several issues that I have had to deal with since I have been here. There are more that I have not shared. And like I said before, I am scared to think of all the ones that I don’t know about. Since we are not doing a good job of developing spiritual leaders, or giving the spiritually mature people we do have an opportunity to mentor and shepherd the struggling and hurting, I am left to do much of this on my own. Needless to say, my shoulders are only so wide.
  1. Create environments for discipleship to take place.
  • Discipleship is simply the act of teaching people to look, think, act and live more like Jesus Christ. It is essentially the fulfillment of Romans 12:2 where Paul says that we are to be transformed by God into a new person. Having small groups built into our structure would expand our ability as a church to help disciple our members. Consider our current structure that includes one large group and four medium sized groups. Now think back to the discussion on group dynamics. We do not have a place to ask really difficult questions, discuss topics that might be uncomfortable in bigger groups. We lack the place for people to ask for personal prayers and intervention. This is one of the reasons that we have so many surface-level Christians who lack depth and spiritually maturity. In our worship group the members can hear a thirty minute lesson that might stick with them for a few days. In our medium-sized bible classes they can discuss topics and pull apart difficult scriptures. But where can they go to ask for prayers and intervention because they are struggling with envy and anger with a person at work? The answer is a small group where they have strong relationships and have developed trust and intimacy.
  1. Reach out and bring non-Christians into community with the church so that conversions can take place.
  • This is directly related to the information on the generations. The Silent generations would be glad to come to our church. The only problem is that they are busy leading in theirs. And the few Baby Boomers that don’t already have a church home would be glad to come, if it were engaging and entertaining enough. The problem there is that we don’t have instruments, much less anything in worship that would be confused as entertaining. This leaves the two groups that, for the most part, don’t already have built-in, or strong, ties to another church. But it’s difficult to get the Gen Xers and Millennials to come to a church building unless they already have strong relationships with a member (remember that they are skeptical of organized religion). And it’s even harder to get them to stay unless they develop several relationships with members. That’s tough to do when our structure doesn’t really have any built-in fellowship or relational time (10 minutes in the foyer after worship just doesn’t cut it). The entry point to the Christ and His church for these two generations is small groups. The large and medium groups are just not built for the fellowship and deep relationships that these generations desire.
  1. Establish and foster an atmosphere where the “one another” passages of the Bible to be lived out.
  • Here’s a list of the “one another” passages in the Bible. You’ll notice that most all of these are difficult, if not impossible, to do in the context of our large group worship service where we have almost no interaction with each other. Still yet, the lack of intimacy in the middle groups makes it difficult for most of these to happen. The small groups is the most likely place for the majority of these to happen—both because of the dynamics of the small group and because that is a setting where people can share life together.
  • Can these happen outside of our group meetings? Yes, of course. But because we lack the built-in structure, most people are not going to take the necessary time to develop the relationships for these to take place. Is that there fault? I suppose they have some culpability because they lack spiritual maturity. But isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing in the first place . . . helping to develop people’s spiritual maturity. Our structure should make this as easy as possible; not put up road blocks for it. It just doesn’t make sense to me that for us to fulfill biblical mandates we must do it outside of the time that we plan to meet together as Church. Should our time together (no matter when it is be structured in such as a way so that we can live out our Christian lives together? This is where small groups come in. If this were part of our structure then we would have a more effective built-in avenue to fulfill these biblical commands.
Love one another:

John 13:34-35; 15:12, 17; Rom. 12:10; 13:8; 14:13; 1 Thess. 3:12; 4:9; 2 Thess. 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:11, 3:22; 4:8; 23; 4:7, 11-12; 2 John 1: 5

Encourage one another:

Rom. 14:19; 15:14; Col. 3:16; 1 Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13; 10:24-25

Accept one another:

Rom. 15:7, 14

Strengthen one another:

Rom. 14:19

Help one another:

Heb. 3:13; 10:24

Serve one another:

Gal. 5:13; 21; Phil. 2:3; 1 Pet. 4:9; 5:5

Care for one another:

Gal. 6:2

Forgive one another:

Eph. 4:32; Col 3:13

Submit to one another:

Eph. 5:21; 1 Pet. 5:5

Commit to one another:

1 John 3:16

Build trust with one another:

1 John 1:7

Be devoted to one another:

Rom. 12:10

Be patient with one another:

Eph. 4:2; Col. 3:13

Be interested in one another:

Phil. 2:4

Be accountable to one another:

Eph. 5:21

Confess to one another:

Jas. 5:16

Live in harmony with one another:

Rom. 12:16

Do not be conceited to one another:

Rom. 13:8

Do not pass judgment to one another:

Rom. 14:13; 15:7

Do not slander one another:

Jas. 4:11

Instruct one another:

Rom. 16:16

Greet one another:

Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 13:12

Admonish one another:

Rom. 5:14; Col. 3:16

Spur one another on:  

Heb. 10:24

Meet with one another:

Heb. 10:25

Agree with one another:

1 Cor. 16:20

Be concerned for one another:

Heb. 10:24

Be humble to one another in love:

Eph. 4:2

Be compassionate to one another:

Eph. 4:32

Do not be consumed by one another:

Gal. 5:14-15

Do not anger one another:

Gal. 5:26

Do not lie to one another:

Col. 3:9

Do not grumble to one another:

Jas. 5:9

Give preference to one another:

Rom. 12:10

Be at peace with one another:

Rom. 12:18

Sing to one another:

Eph. 5:19

Be of the same mind to one another:

Rom. 12:16; 15:5

Comfort one another:

1 Thess. 4:18; 5:11

Be kind to one another:

Eph. 4:32

Live in peace with one another:

1 Thess. 5:13

Carry one another’s burdens:

Gal. 6:2

  1. There is a biblical precedent for large and small groups within a church.
  • As you probably know already, the early church met in the context of the home. There were no church buildings until Constantine began his aggressive building projects (i.e. basilicas) in the early to mid 300s. Until then there are some archeological examples of personal homes being renovated to accommodate the church meetings. But it is unlikely that they increased the size much, only the convenience of the meeting.
  • The book of Acts presents the first century church as having both large and small group meetings. What is noticeably absent are medium sized groups.
  • Consider these scriptures and notice the group sizes that are mentioned.
    • Acts 2:42-47: 42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place (large group) and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day (large group), met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity (small groups)— 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.
    • 5:42: 42 And every day, in the Temple (large group) and from house to house (small groups), they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”
    • 19:9: But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way. So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him. Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus (large group).
    • 20:20-21: 20 I never shrank back from telling you what you needed to hear, either publicly (large groups probably in the agora) or in your homes (small groups).
    • Romans 16:3-15:Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home. 10 Greet Apelles, a good man whom Christ approves. And give my greetings to the believers from the household of Aristobulus. 11 Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew.[c] Greet the Lord’s people from the household of Narcissus. 14 Give my greetings to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters[d] who meet with them. 15 Give my greetings to Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and to Olympas and all the believers[e] who meet with them. 
      • These scriptures indicate that the church in Rome was made up of at least 5 small groups that met in people’s homes.
    • 16:23: 23 Gaius says hello to you. He is my host and also serves as host to the whole church (large group). Erastus, the city treasurer, sends you his greetings, and so does our brother Quartus.
      • We can’t be sure of the setting, but this scripture indicates that there were some instances when the entire church in Corinth met together; and when they did, they met at Gaius’ home. (Romans was written while Paul was working in Corinth).
    • 1 Corinthians 16:19: 19 The churches here in the province of Asia send greetings in the Lord, as do Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church meetings (small group).
      • In addition to the large group meeting at Gaius’ home (Romans 16:23), it is clear that there were small groups that met in people’s homes in Corinth as well. Paul probably mentioned  Aquila and Priscilla because, as fellow tent makers or leather workers, he may have stayed with them as they worked together.
  • One of our mottos (in the Churches of Christ) has always been to “Restore New Testament Christianity.” We have four middle-sized groups and middle sized groups don’t seem to have existed in the New Testament church. And we have no formal small groups; which were the fundamental structure of the New Testament church.
  1. Give people more opportunities to use their spiritual gifts in service to one another.
  • I have underlined all the spiritual gifts mentioned by Paul in these texts. Think about each one and whether or not they can be easily utilized in our current large and medium group structure.
    • Romans 12:4-8: Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy (large, medium and small groups), speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others (small group), serve them well. If you are a teacher (large and small), teach well. If your gift is to encourage others (small group), be encouraging. If it is giving (large, medium and small), give generously. If God has given you leadership (small group) ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness (small group) to others, do it gladly.
    • 1 Corinthians 12:7-11: A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice (medium and small group); to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge (any size). The same Spirit gives great faith (best shared in medium and small group) to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy (any size group). He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
  1. Develop, build and strengthen relationships that are not feasible in large groups.
  • In our large group there is no interaction to speak of, as a result it is nearly impossible to create foster and deepen relationships. Medium sized groups are a little better, but they still lack the necessary intimacy. Small groups are ideal for developing relationships. This is where we can sit across the kitchen table with one another, share a cup of coffee and really get to know one another.
  1. Enable the church to reach the demographics that is most ripe for the harvest.
  • We have covered this extensively. “Older” people are generally not looking for a new church. “Younger” people who are looking do not generally like organized (building-based) church; even though they are interesting in a relationship with God. By taking the church to our homes we are more likely to be able to bring them in long enough to create the relationships and convert them to Christ.

Well, I think an 18 page letter is long enough. In fact, it’s definitely the longest letter I have ever written. It is just really important to me that I lay it all out there for you. I am sorry for taking up so much of your time, but I do thank you for making it this far. If I have been able to convince you that we need small groups, great! I’ll get the ball rolling and keep you up to date each step of the way. If you are not there yet, still have questions, or think it’s the wrong thing for us, I am going to ask you to do one thing . . . let me cash in some of the trust that I have tried to earn from you these past couple of years; and give us two years to try small groups. If after two years it still isn’t working or you still aren’t convinced that it’s good for the church, then we will take it apart and go back to how we have it now. I am asking for two years because it will take that long to work out the kinks, get people used to it and give it a chance to get some traction. Let me know if you have any questions. I will do my best to answer them. Thanks again for your time.

 

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Kingdom Growth

Last month we had Wil Perkins come and present his church growth diagnostic assessment. Not long after, I sent each of you my response to his assessment. It was really more of an action plan for where I felt like we needed to act. Some of those action plans were minor and I’ll move forward on, or will partner with the appropriate Deacon. Others will require the five of us working together.

Like you, there were a few things that Wil presented that I could take or leave, a few things I disagreed with and a few that I thought were spot on. I’m writing to make a case for one that I thought was spot on. In fact, I thought it was so spot on that I think we need to move forward with it immediately—that is small groups. I completely understand that this is probably a foreign idea for each of you. (I have never been a part of a church that had this ministry either). And I understand and appreciate that “splitting up” the church might go against everything that you see as Biblical unity. This being said, I hope you understand just how strongly I believe that this is the best thing for the church. I have spent countless hours studying this idea; both from the stand point of reading well in excess of fifty books on the subject, talking with many church leaders who have implemented this ministry, as well as studying the Scriptures to see if there is a Spirit-led justification for this ministry. If you’ll keep an open mind and give me a few minutes, I will try to explain what I have discovered and why I believe in it so much.

As best I can tell, small groups have their American roots in the 1700s with John Wesley when he began bible school to help combat the poor educational standards and rampant illiteracy. Those were “small groups” that eventually evolved from secular curriculum into what we experience today. They have been dominant or widespread in our evangelical culture since the early 1980s. Small groups are not a new idea or a fad (it was how the first century church was structured). I do not believe it is something that will eventually “go out of style”. I think it is substantially deeper than a program or gimmick to help the church grow. (If I thought it were just that I would not bother taking the risk of upsetting you or “rocking the boat” on this).

Here’s an example of something you can probably relate to. Back in the 1970s and 80s bus ministries were extremely popular. It was a trend that worked for a while and then more or less phased itself out. Now, I do know of a few churches that are currently using a bus ministry. But, for the most part, this was a ministry fad that has seen its best days. Small groups are not like this. Because small groups are a fundamentally biblical idea (instead of just a trend), they have lasted the test of time and continue to be the common denominator of every single church that is growing today. I’ll say that again, I have not found a growing church that did not have small groups—and I have looked extensively (across the country and the world).

Before we go any further, let me say that small groups are not a cure all or guarantee for numerical church growth. There are no magic pills. That is not possible. Paul may have described it best in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.” Jesus also made it very clear that our job is to work, but God is the one who controls the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38). For every church that is growing, there are probably ten that aren’t. So why have small groups if there is no guarantee that they will work? Because they are biblical and they give the church a great opportunity for growth—beginning with the spiritual growth of each member that participates.

Before we get into the specific reasons for small groups (that I have discovered through my study) let’s remember that this is about the Kingdom and the specific work of the church here in Quincy. That’s why we’re here; serving in the roles we’re in. We’re called to work for God’s glory and grow His Kingdom here in Quincy. This is not about our preferences. As leaders in God’s church we simply don’t have the luxury of our own preferences. We are called to submit to God’s will and place His people above ourselves. We have to rise above what we prefer or what makes us comfortable and do what is best for those we serve and for the health and growth of the Kingdom.

This having been said, we have been on our current road (current structure) for more than sixty years. We are not growing numerically, and just as importantly, too many of our members are not having their lives transformed, being discipled, maturing spiritually or using their gifts to serve one another. They are simply coming each Sunday and sitting through worship without engaging in other peoples’ lives—much less allowing God to engage them. As the leaders, we can’t afford to take a laize fair attitude toward this and just blame them for not being strong enough (since there are others that are able to engage).

Instead of trying to find ways to do our current structure more effectively, we need to come to the realization that we need to change what we are doing (our structure). This requires us to demonstrate the faith to seek out a vision from God that will truly transform, impact and grow His Church. He has left each of us as stewards of His Kingdom, with each our own gifts creating our specific roles and responsibilities. The question for us is this: what will we return back to Him when our time is up? Will we give back a church that looks generally the same as when we took on our leadership role? Or will we, through visionary faith, give back a church to Him that is open to His voice, responsive to His call, able to change and adapt when needed and is creating opportunities for people to engage and grow through Him?

Making a change like this is not easy. But Shepherding and Leading people is not easy. It requires certain traits and gifts that so few people have—specifically compassion, a burden for people, a vision of where to lead them and the faith to lead them through the unknown terrain to get them there. I am challenging you to look past the comfort and safety of being a “caretaker” Elder; anyone can do that. Anyone can just keep doing the same thing, without regard for whether it’s working or not. Before you know it, your time as an Elder will have come and gone. What are you going to leave the next generation? Will you leave a healthier church for your children, grandchildren and the generations that follow?

The first step in making this happen is to develop and nurture a culture of small groups. This needs to happen; and quite honestly, it needs to happen now. God has been at work this past year with the way He has been arranging things. One of the things we have been looking at on Sunday morning is the idea of seeking out where God is at work and getting on board with where He is (i.e. what He is already blessing). All of the signs are there, a small group ministry is where God is leading us and where He is working; I am confident of this.

Before we continue I want to introduce you to a couple of paradigms that are essential to understanding the ten reasons that I am going to share. The first has to do with Group Dynamics; and the second involved generational peculiarities. Pardon me if you are already familiar with these; but it’s just too important (vital even) to gloss over it, and we must be sure that we’re all on the same page with these. First, with group dynamics, this is not an especially religious phenomenon. Group dynamics extend beyond churches and into school classrooms, board room meetings and even Target Stores—where there is the store-wide group (large group), the department groups (medium group) and the senior management team (small group) ;-). This being said, we are going to explore these three types of groups from the standpoint of the Church; and as we do that I am going to use a family as an illustration to explain things.

First, the large group is going to be any group numbering more than 50-60 participants and is comprised of tertiary relationships. This, of course, is going to happen most frequently in the Sunday morning worship time. The primary purpose for this group is to worship God together as a large family. There is very little, if any, “personal” sharing (this is not counting the few minutes that every once in a while I will call us to greet one another). In many ways you can think of this as a Shriver or Willimann or Boren or Warren family reunion. Some of you come from large extended families; and when you get everyone together, it creates quite the crowd. That’s certainly the case for the Wachter side of my family (my mother’s side). We have a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins. Whenever we’re all able to get together, there are more than fifty of us and it’s an absolute blast. We get to catch up on what’s been going on in our lives, reminisce about fond memories and departed loved ones, share a great meal together and even create a few new memories (especially when the drunk uncle decides to show out ;-). It’s a great time, a time that none of us would ever trade. But there are limits to what we do together. We don’t bring skeletons out of the closet. We don’t usually talk about how our disappointed we are that our 17 year-old daughter got pregnant or that we are trying our best to wait on the kids to graduate to get a divorce. Those are realities in our lives that we just don’t discuss in this group. We usually try our best to keep the negative at home and allow this to be a time of celebration and joy. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s healthy. I wouldn’t expect my second cousin that I really don’t know that well to share those things with me. If she did, that would be fine and I would do everything I could to minister to her. But she has people in her life that are much closer to her than I am, and quite frankly, love her more intimately than I do.

This is very much what our Sunday morning worship is like. One of the misunderstandings of, or problems with, large groups in church is that we have an unrealistic expectation that everyone should be close to everyone and be able to minister to everyone. That is an expectation that can’t be met and sets people up for disappointment and disillusionment with church. The purpose of the large group on Sunday mornings is to worship, encourage one another through our worship (and by being with one another) and be edified by the Word of God being presented.

There is not a numerical cap to the large group, which is one reason that we don’t have to be particularly close, or even know the people we are worshiping with in order to have a powerful, uplifting and Spirit-led time of worship and encouragement. Research has shown that it’s not possible for a person to process (and remember) more than 200 people at one time. Just think about the worship experiences you have had at places like the “Tulsa Soul Winning Workshop”. That is a terrific and inspiring time of worship, and you probably only know a handful of people in the audience with you.

All this also helps to explain one other phenomenon that all churches struggle with—no one ever comes forward for the invitation. In my two years here I can recall only one person coming forward to request prayers (much less confess sin—which is a biblical mandate from Jas 5:16); and she did not reveal anything personal, only that she was struggling with some things and wanted the church to pray for her. There have been Sundays that I preached my tail off and really had a strong, inspiring message, and still no one came forward when I knew there were people that needed to do some straightening out with God. The reason isn’t a lack of desire or spirituality on their part, it’s because we are in a large group where that type of personal and intimate sharing just does not take place. We don’t share personal stuff at the Wachter family reunion and we don’t share it at the Christ family reunion either. That’s not bad. It’s healthy. I hope that helps explain the large group.

Next is the medium sized group which is comprised of secondary relationships. These groups are primarily going to be our bible classes. In terms of numbers, the starting point with the medium group, or where the large group ends, is a little gray. It is somewhere around the fifty person mark. These middle-sized groups are usually (depending on the group leader) successful at creating a non-threatening environment where people can share on a surface level. People can get to know everyone in the group by name, talk about things like the weather, their hobbies and maybe even their families (on a surface level). It’s an opportunity to experience social fellowship, acceptance and sense of belonging. And in the context of our bible classes, it gives people the opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts and opinions about the text or topic being discussed (the large group doesn’t provide this type of opportunity).

When it comes to conversations about people, we are generally comfortable with talking about anyone . . . except ourselves. Just think about our Wednesday evening bible study time. Or for you guys who are in my current Sunday morning class. At times we have dealt with some challenging and potentially personal topics and issues. Just think about how many people actually share anything substantive where they made themselves vulnerable; and that’s the key: transparency and vulnerability. This list is not long. In fact, in terms of truly making themselves vulnerable (on Sunday morning), I can only think of Carolyn and myself that have shared in that way. Again, this is not wrong. It is healthy.

If the large group is like the huge family reunion, then the medium sized group is like the family that gets together at Thanksgiving. Your wife, kids and grandkids are all there. For me, it would include my family (Molly and the kids), my parents and my little sister and her husband. And you might even have some brothers and sisters or nephews/nieces or cousins over. There is a cap to this group. That cap is often created by the physical circumstances of the meeting place. For example, our classrooms are only so big. It doesn’t take long before they get full. Similarly, our living rooms and dining rooms are only so big—they fill up quickly. For our purposes, a medium sized group is generally going to have between 15-50 people. Going beyond either of these numbers begins to change the group dynamics very quickly. For example, if we go over fifty then people become less inclined to share personal information or speak up at all. When we get to 15 or under then people become much more comfortable and more likely to open up and share personal information, including personal fears, struggles and worries.

This brings us to small sized groups. These groups are primary groups; and number between 5-15 people. Those numbers are slightly flexible, but not by much. Like we mentioned with the medium sized groups, if we get too much beyond the fifteen people then the groups starts to lose some of its intimacy and personal feel. It is in primary or small groups that intimate sharing takes place. Back to the family illustration, this would be your immediate family with your wife and children. When your immediate family sits down (or sat down) together for supper at the family table there is very little that is off limits in terms of conversation. If we are functioning as healthy family units then the kids will feel open to share what happened at school that day and how it made them feel (good or bad). Similarly, Dad will feel comfortable griping to Mom about the person at work that is being difficult. These are representative examples of what small groups are like—people in them share life together. This is different in content from your Thanksgiving meal family; and definitely different from your Family Reunion group.

In the church setting the small group goes beyond surface interaction and social fellowship to a spiritual fellowship. In small groups people can begin to fulfill biblical mandates such as “Bear one another’s burdens” (Gal 6:2) and “weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15). The small group is the context where those things are lived out. A reality that most people recognize from personal experience is that people must have permission to interact on this level. For the most part, this will not happen unless there is the appropriate structure and permission given by the group to facilitate this kind of close family-style relationship building.

By way of a quick review, there are large groups (50+ people), middle sized groups (16-50 people) and small groups (5-15 people). You can probably tell right away that our structure is built to accommodate the large and middle sized groups; but that we have a void when it comes to small group structure. This is not to say that we don’t have small groups within our church, we have several. But our structure does not support them. That means that only the highly spiritually mature Christians are going to be part of a small group, because they are the only ones who are mature enough to realize they need the benefits that community offers and then go and seek out those relationships. For example, on an informal level, many of our ladies have a small group that meets (or did meet) every few weeks at Yvonne Cressy’s home for supper and fellowship. That is a small group ministry and those ladies that participate will tell you that they absolutely love that time together. It is a source of great fellowship and encouragement.

 

“The Significance of the Early House Churches”

“The Significance of the Early House Churches” – Floyd Filson

Five ways the House Church impacts our understanding of the apostolic church:

  1. Enabled a distinctively Christian worship and fellowship. The creative and controlling aspects of their faith and life were precisely those which other Jews did not share. These aspects found unhindered expression not in temple or synagogue worship but in the house gatherings.
  2. Explains in part the great attention paid to family life in the letters of Paul and in other Christian writings. On many occasions entire households were often converted as a unit (Acts 16:33).
  3. The multiplicity of house churches in the city helps to explain the tendency to party strife in the apostolic age. Christians of a certain tendency grouped together and thereby were confirmed in that tendency. 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 demonstrates a loyalty to households. There were definitive patron-client relationships. It’s natural to be attracted to personalities (i.e. favorite teachers, preachers, etc).
  4. The house church situation also sheds light upon the social status of the early Christians. The early church was not just a poor man’s group. 1 Corinthians 1:26 demonstrates that there were at least some wealthy members of the church. The apostolic church was more nearly a cross section of society than we have sometimes thought.
  5. Helps to understand the development of church polity. This was aided by the fact that many converts were formerly “God-fearers,” who had shown enough independence to leave their native faith heritage and establish a relationship with the synagogue. The house church became a training ground for the future leaders of the church following the apostolic era. Everything was set up for the host to emerge as the most prominent and influential member of the group. 1 Timothy is dealing with potential problems with the leadership. Titus is dealing with developing leaders.

 

Five Stages of Physical Development of the Church

  1. 50-150 AD
    1. Christians met only in private homes.
      1. Insula – apartment or tenement complex that housed numerous families. Often consisted of four to five levels surrounding a central court. Included lower and upper crust families.
      2. Domus – consisted of a suite of rooms grouped around an atrium. Atrium  was a rectangular room with an opening in the roof. It included a triclinium or a dining room where the meals would have been held while reclining on pillows (Palestine) or couches (gentiles).
      3. Villa – an estate consisting of a house, grounds and auxiliary buildings.
    2. This was a time when worship in Imperial Rome was split into two spheres: public and private. The public worship of the gods guaranteed the welfare of the Empire and a civic duty performed under state ritual. The private sphere is the locus where spiritual needs were satisfied by divinities of one’s personal choice. Christianity flourished in the private realm.
    3. There is no archeological evidence for Christianity during this time period.

 

  1. Intermediate Stage
    1. This is a transitional time between the house church and the domus ecclesiae; which were selective and partial alterations to interior structures of the family home to accommodate worship.

 

  1. 150-250 AD
    1. The house church moved from domestic to entirely religious function. A specific example is found at Dura Europus (246 AD).

 

  1. 250-313 AD
    1. Concludes with the Edict of Milan.
    2. Some met in larger buildings/halls – both private and public.
    3. This was the aula ecclesiae “hall of the church.” These predated the great persecution (303-311) and Constantine’s building spree.

 

  1. Post 313 AD
    1. Constantine began building basilica’s for church gatherings.
      1. These accommodated the larger groups.
      2. There were no pews as this time period was highlighted with a focus on the Eucharist (instead of the modern homiletically focused meeting that began during the Reformation).

 

Scriptures that that mention the physical location of the early church’s meetings:

Temple area

Acts 2:46 – Infant church met daily

Acts 5:12 – Meeting regularly at Solomon’s Portico

Acts 5:42 – Meet daily in the Temple teaching that Jesus is the Messiah

 

Upper Room

Luke 22:12 – Jesus and His disciples gathered to share His last Passover meal.

Acts 1:13 – the Apostles went to the upstairs room of the house where they were staying.

Acts 20:8 – Paul was in Troas with the Christians

 

Homes

Acts 10:25 – Peter converted Cornelius and his household

Acts 12:12 – gathered together at home of Mary (mother of John Mark) for prayer on behalf of Peter. Had a gate which meant that a courtyard must have separated the main building from the street.

Acts 16:34 – Paul and Silas brought into the house of the Philippian Jailer following his conversion. Hosted a meal for Paul and Silas.

Acts 21:8 – in Caesarea at Philip the Evangelists’ home.

1 Corinthians 16:19 – home of Priscilla and Aquila

Colossians 4:15 – church in Laodicia, Nympha’s house church

Philemon 2 – church that meets at the house of Philemon

 

Roman House Churches – at least 5, perhaps as many as 16

16:3-5; 16:10; 16:11; 16:14; 16:15

 

Other locations

Acts 19:9 – Paul taught in the Lecture Hall of Tyranus.

 

Role of Hospitality in the Growth of Christianity

There is a practical aspect of hospitality which Paul experienced and in some instances may have relied on during his ministry to the Gentiles (Acts 21:4, 7, 16-17; Philippians 4:15-18). Often when he experienced difficulties it was due to a lack of hospitality (1 Cor 4:11-13; 2 Cor 6:4-10). In addition to being a practical issue for Paul it was also a fundamental expression of the Gospel where God had demonstrated ultimate hospitality in an eschatological sense (Matt 8:11; Matt 22; Luke 14:15-24). In early Christianity, hospitality was expressed in the form of sharing meals together in celebration of the risen Savior and acknowledging His presence and unifying work in their own community (1 Cor 11:17-34). This explains why Paul prominently listed hospitality as a function of the church leader in 1 Tim 3. In this way, Paul’s practice and teaching of hospitality mirrored that of the ministry of Jesus who used the meal as a unifying symbol of the socially marginalized of society (Luke 7:39; 19:7). In summary, hospitality was an expectation of both the Jewish and Greco-Roman culture. Hospitality in the church was primarily manifested as an informal, household based ministry for sustaining itinerant missions and unity within the community.

 

Bonhoeffer, Life Together

  1. Community is initiated by the work of Christ. This means that Christians need other Christians because of Jesus Christ. Without Christ there is discord between God and man and between man and man. Our community with one another consists solely in what Christ has done to both of us. We should not try to create a vision of what we hope for community to be. We should exist in the reality of what Jesus has created. We should be grateful and appreciate of our fellowship and not complain because it isn’t what we envision or hope for. Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we participate. Physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.
  2. A Day With Others. Prayer, Reading the Scriptures, Singing the new song, table fellowship.
  3. The Day Alone. Let him who cannot be alone beware of Community. Let him who is not in community beware of being alone. Intercession is a powerful creator of community. I see someone I did not like as a person for whom Christ offered His life.
  4. Ministry. Holding one’s tongue, meekness, listening, helpfulness, bearing (one another’s burdens Gal 6:2), proclaiming.
  5. Confession and Communion. Brings sin to light where it loses its’ power. Sin wants a man by himself. It withdraws him from community. Our experience of the cross and not life, makes one worthy to hear a confession.

 

Hellerman, When the Church Was a Family

  1. The group comes first. Strong-group society where the group is greater (priority) than the individual. Group is not only helpful, but also formative in our life’s decisions. Not until the individualistic culture did man ever need therapy. Our individual freedoms have pushed us over the edge of the emotional cliff.
  2. Family in the NT world. Purpose of marriage was to strengthen the family. Family went through/defined as the Patriline (allegiance there and not to spouse). Strongest bond was between brother and sister, not the spouse. Family is the most important group. The greatest act of disloyalty was betrayal of brother, not spouse. Jesus is changing the family.
  3. Jesus’ New Group. We have domesticated Jesus so that we can feel comfortable to bring Him home. Orthodoxy answers what Jesus is like. He is like God. Our response is worship and adoration. Orthopraxy helps to define what God is like. He is like the behaviors of Jesus which must be observed and copied. In this regard, Jesus modeled a new community and called it family. Creating an alternative family. Redefined the priorities of (1) God (2) Family (3) Church (4) Others to (1) God’s family (2) My family (3) Others. As Jesus created an alternative family and people found their identity in the context of their family, Christians are forced to redefine their identity.
  4. The Churches of Paul. Affective solidarity is emotional bond. Family unity – interpersonal harmony. Material solidarity – sharing of resources. Family Loyalty – undivided commitment to God’s group.
  5. The Church in the Roman World. Expanded not solely because of what they believed but predominantly because of how they behaved.
  6. Salvation as a Community Creating Event. Cannot have God has your Father unless you have the Church as your Mother (Cyprian of Carthage). When we are saved we are justified and familified.
  7. Life Together in the Family of God. Four NT values: share our stuff, share our hearts, stay and grow with one another, family is about more than me, wife and kids.
  8. Decision Making in the Family of God. Diagram of spirituality and community. Community is horizontal, spirit is vertical.
  9. Leadership in the Family of God. Plurality, servant

 

“Rich Pompeiian Houses, Shops for Rent, and the Huge Apartment Building in Herculaneum as Typical Spaces for Pauline House Churches” – David L. Bach

  • Evidence from domus in Pompeii and Herculaneum indicates that not all Pauline house churches were necessarily small or that they were private.
  • They may have been small, but may have accommodated numbers far greater than 40 persons.
  • Domus were ‘housefuls’ of persons unconnected by family ties. Rich and poor living in the same spaces.
  • Domus and insulae incorporated shops which placed owners, freedmen and slaves in the same domestic spaces.
  • They may have included public baths and/or gymnasiums.
  • Women owned some large domus, and would have exercised influence over groups that met and dined in their houses.

 

Worship Songs

Above All

 

Crucified laid behind the stone
You lived to die rejected and alone
Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall and thought of me

 

Above all powers

Above all kings
Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man
You were here before the world began

 

Above all kingdoms above all thrones
Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure
What You’re worth

 

Above All Else

 

You are exalted, Lord, above all else

We place You at the highest place

Above all else

Right now where we stand

And everywhere we go

We place You at the highest place

So all the world will know

 

You are a mighty warrior

Dressed in armor of light

Crushing the deeds of darkness

Lead us on in the fight

Through the blood of Jesus

Victorious we stand

We place You at the highest place

Above all else in this land

 

Ain’t No Rock

 

Ain’t no rock gonna cry in my place

As long as I’m alive, I’ll glorify His holy name

Ain’t no rock gonna cry in my place

As long as I’m alive, I’ll glorify His holy name

 

Chorus

Praise His holy name!

As long as I’m alive, I’ll glorify His holy name

Repeat

 

Ain’t no tree gonna lift its branches

I lift my hands to glorify His holy name…

 

Ain’t no bird gonna sing in my place

I lift my voice to glorify His holy name…

 

Amazing Love

 

Amazing love
How can it be
That You my King
Would die for me
Amazing love
I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You
In all I do I honor You

I’m forgiven
Because You were forsaken
I’m accepted
You were condemned
I’m alive and well
Your Spirit is within me
Because You died
And rose again

You are my King
You are my King
Jesus You are my King
Jesus You are my King

 

A-la-la-la

 

Chorus

A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia

A-la-la-la-la,le-lu-ia

A-la-la-la-la-la-la-le-lu-ia

A-la-la-la-la,le,le-lu-ia

 

Jesus is a friend, is a friend next to you,

Jesus is a friend so sing along.

Jesus is a friend, is a friend next to you,

Jesus is a friend so sing along, Sing A-la…

 

Give someone a hand, give a hand next to you

Give someone a smile, give a smile next to you,

Oh praise the Lord, praise the Lord forever

 

Amazing Love

 

Amazing love
How can it be
That You my King
Would die for me
Amazing love
I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You
In all I do I honor You

I’m forgiven
Because You were forsaken
I’m accepted
You were condemned
I’m alive and well
Your Spirit is within me
Because You died
And rose again

You are my King
You are my King
Jesus You are my King
Jesus You are my King

 

As the Deer

Psalms 42:1

 

You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

You’re my friend
And You are my brother
Even though You are a King
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything

I want You more than gold
Or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joygiver
And the apple of my eye

 

Battle Belongs to the Lord

 

In heavenly armor we’ll enter the land

The battle belongs to the Lord

No weapon that’s fashioned against us will stand

The battle belongs to the Lord

 

Chorus

And we sing glory, honor, power, and

strength to the Lord

We sing glory, honor, power, and

strength to the Lord

 

When the power of darkness comes in like a flood

The battle belongs to the Lord

He’s raised up a standard the pow’r of His blood

The battle belongs to the Lord

 

When the enemy presses in hard do not fear

The battle belongs to the Lord

Take courage my friend your redemption is near

The battle belongs to the Lord

 

Chorus

Awesome God

 

Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom pow’r and love
Our God is an awesome God

When He rolls up His sleeves
He ain’t just puttin’ on the ritz
Our God is an awesome God
There is thunder in His footsteps
And lightning in His fists
Our God is an awesome God
And the Lord wasn’t joking
When He kicked ’em out of Eden
It wasn’t for no reason
That He shed His blood
His return is very close
And so you’d better be believin’
That our God is an awesome God

When the sky was starless
In the void of the night
Our God is an awesome God
He spoke into the darkness
And created the light
Our God is an awesome God
Judgment and wrath
He poured out on Sodom
Mercy and grace
He gave us at the cross
I hope that we have not
Too quickly forgotten
That our God is an awesome God

 

Because He Lives

 

God sent his Son, They called Him Jesus

He came to love, heal and forgive

He lived and died , to buy my pardon

An empty grave is there

To prove my Savior lives

 

Chorus

Because He lives I can face tomorrow

Because He lives all fear is gone

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living, just because He lives

 

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46:10,  Exodus 15:26, John 14:6

 

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am God

 

I am the Lord that strengthens thee

I am the Lord that strengthens thee

I am the Lord that strengthens thee

 

I am the way, the truth and life

I am the way, the truth and life

I am the way, the truth and life

 

In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust

In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust

In Thee, O Lord, I put my trust

 

Be Still & Know Our God

 

Sing first 3 parts, in one at a time.

All sing Alto part.

Sing all four parts together to finish.

 

Soprano:

Be still and know,

Be still and know our God,

Be still and know that God is real.

 

Bass:

You know He is real

Be still and know our God

You know He is real

Be still, for God is real.

 

Tenor:

God is our refuge

He is our strength.

I am still and I know that God is real.

 

Alto:

He leads me beside the quiet waters,

I am still and I know that God is real.

 

Bind Us Together

I John 3:2

 

Bind us together, Lord

Bind us together

With cords that cannot be broken

Bind us together, Lord; Bind us together, Lord

Bind us together with love

 

There is only one God

There is only one King

There is only one body

That is why we sing

 

Blessed Be the Lord, God Almighty!

 

Father in heaven, how we love You,

We lift Your name in all the earth.

May Your kingdom be established in our praises,

As Your people declare Your mighty works.

 

Blessed be the Lord God almighty,

Who was, and is, and is to come;

Blessed be the Lord God almighty,

Who reigns forevermore.

 

Boundless Love

Ephesians 3:19

 

Boundless love, unending joy

This is my life

It’s what I know

I can’t believe, that He selected me

Jesus, my Lord, It’s You I love

 

Boundless grace because of Calvary

His life He gave

His love  He poured

And now I can live with Him eternally

Jesus my Lord it’s You I love

 

Come Let Us Sing

Psalms 95

 

Come let us sing with joy to the Lord

Let us shout aloud, to the rock of our salvation

Let us come before Him with thanksgiving

(And extol) and extol Him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God

The great King above all gods

In His hands are the depths of the earth

And the mountain peaks belong to Him

The sea is His, He made it

(And His hands) and His hands formed the dry land.

 

Break My Heart

 

Break my heart

Dear Lord

Tear the barriers down

Show me in convicting tears

The glory of your crown

 

Chorus: Women in italics

My Heart is Hard…Heart is hard

My soul so weak…Soul so weak

The ways of evil…Ways of evil

Cut so deep…Cut so deep

I need You Lord…need You Lord

to come inside…come inside

And gently break…gently break

(All)  my heart

 

My sin is great

But I can see

The glory set for me

Show me Father

Where to start

And gently break my heart

Chorus

 

Blessed Be Your Name

 

Blessed Be Your Name

In the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow

Blessed be Your name

 

Blessed Be Your name

When I’m found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness

Blessed Be Your name

 

Every blessing You pour out

I’ll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in, Lord

Still I will say

 

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

 

Blessed be Your name

When the sun’s shining down on me

When the world’s ‘all as it should be’

Blessed be Your name

 

Blessed be Your name

On the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering

Blessed be Your name

 

You give and take away

You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord, blessed be Your name

 

Can He Still Feel the Nails?

 

Can he still feel the nails every time I fail?

Does he hear the crowd cry crucify again?

Am I causing him pain when I know I’ve got to change?

Cause I just can’t bear the thought of hurting him.

 

Ho-ly, Ho-ly, Ho-ly is the Lamb.

Ho-ly, Ho-ly, Ho-ly is the Lord.

 

Covenant of Love

 

O Lord God of Israel

There is no god like You

In heav’n or earth below

O Lord God of Israel

There is no god like You

In heaven above

 

You keep Your covenant of love

Your covenant of love

O Lord, there is no god like You

In heaven above

 

Day By Day

 

Day by day

You reveal Your love to me

Cradled in Your arms

I am a precious lamb

A diamond in Your eyes

 

Women

Day by day

You reveal Your love

Day by day

You reveal Your love

I am a precious

A precious lamb

A diamond in Your eyes

 

Create In Me a Clean Heart

Psalm 51

 

Create in me a clean heart, O God

And renew a right spirit within me

Create in me a clean heart, O God

And renew a right spirit within me

 

Cast me not away from Thy presence, O Lord

And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation

And renew a right spirit within me

 

The Crayon Song

 

When I was a little child

No higher than my knee

My Momma bought a box of crayons just for me

I picked them up. I opened them up.

I looked way down inside

The colors they reminded me of Jesus when he died

 

Chorus

Oh red is the color of the blood that he shed

Brown is for the crown

Of thorns they placed upon his head

Blue is for the royalty which in him did dwell

Yellow is for the Christian who’s too afraid to tell

 

I colored and I colored

Till those crayons were all gone

And now that I’m much older

The memory lingers on

And when I see a little child

With crayon box in hand

I tell him what it means to me

And hope he understands

 

Chorus

 

Do Lord

 

Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me

Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me

Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh do remember me

Look away beyond the blue

 

I’ve got a home in glory land that outshines the sun…

I took Jesus as my Savior; you take Him too…

 

Every time

 

Every time I kneel to pray,

I open up my heart to the Lord.

Every time I close my eyes,

I feel the sweet embrace of my Lord.

 

Chorus

I don’t know why so many things

Seem to get in the way

Of seeing my God’s glory,

But I try everyday to see and to thank

Him for all the things he’s given me.

 

Every time I see a child,

I see the gentleness of my Lord.

Every time I watch a storm,

I know the awesome power of my Lord.

Chorus

 

Every time I see the cross…

 

Glorify Thy Name

 

Father, we love You

We worship and adore You

Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Glorify Thy name, Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Jesus, we love You…

Spirit, we love You…

 

Father, Take My Life

 

Women echo

Father, take my life, and Father, lead my life

Closer, to You, More in love, with You

Father, show me now, How You love me

And show me how, You cared for me

You always, want me to be, close to You

Father

 

Days of Elijah

 

These are the days of Elijah

Declaring the word of the Lord

And these are the days

Of your servant, Moses

Righteousness being restored

And though these are days

Of great trials

Of famine and darkness and sword

Still we are the voice

In the desert crying

Prepare ye the way of the Lord

 

Chorus

Behold he comes

Riding on the clouds

Shining like the sun

At the trumpet call

So lift your voice

It’s the year of Jubilee

And out of Zion’s hills

Salvation comes!

 

And these are the days of Ezekiel

The dry bones becoming as flesh

And these are the days

Of your servant David

Rebuilding the temple of praise

These are the days of the harvest

The fields are white in the world

And we are Your laborers

In the vineyard

Declaring the word of the Lord

 

Chorus

 

Father, I Adore You

John 4:23

 

Men lead, Women echo

Father, I adore You

And I lay my life before You

How I love You

 

Jesus, I adore You…

Spirit, I adore You…

 

El – Shaddai

 

Chorus
El – Shaddai, El – Shaddai
El – Elyon na Adonai

 

Age to age you’re still the same
By the power of your name
El – Shaddai, El – Shaddai
Erkamka na Adonai
We will praise and lift you high
El – Shaddai

 

Through your love and through the ram
You saved the son of Abraham
Through the power of Your hand
You turned the sea into dry land
To the outcast on her knees
You were the God who really sees
And by Your might You set Your children free

 

Repeat Chorus

 

Through the years you made it clear

That the time of Christ was near

Though the people couldn’t see

What Messiah ought to be
Though your Word contained the plan
They just could not understand
Your most awesome work was done

Through the frailty of your Son

 

Repeat Chorus

 

How Majestic Is Your Name

 

Oh Lord, our Lord

How majestic is Your name in all the earth

Lord, our Lord

How majestic is Your name in all the earth

 

Lord, we praise Your name

Lord, we magnify Your name

Prince of peace, Mighty God

Lord God Almighty

 

Do Not Fear

Is. 43:1-3

 

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you,

And the waves, they will not

Overcome you.

 

Do not fear,

For I have redeemed you,

I have called you by name,

You are mine…

 

(Chorus—Guys lead, Girls echo)

For I am the Lord your God

(For I am the Lord your God)

For I am the Lord your God

(For I am)

The Holy One of Israel,

Your Savior

I am the Lord (Do not fear)

I am the Lord (Do not fear)

I am the Lord (Do not fear)

I am the Lord.

 

When you walk through the fire

You’ll not be burned,

And the flames, they will not

Consume you.

(Pre-Chorus)

(Chorus)

 

Highest Place

 

Women Echo

We place You

On the highest place

For You

Are the great High Priest

(All) We place You

High above all else, all else

And we come to You

And worship at Your feet

 

And we come to You

And worship at Your feet

 

Faithful Love

 

Faithful love flowing down

From the thorn covered crown,

Makes me whole, saves my soul,

Washes whiter than snow.

Faithful love calms each fear,

Reaches down, dries each tear;

Holds my hand

When I can’t stand on my own.

 

Faithful love from above

Came to earth to show

The Father’s love.

And I’ll never be the same,

For I’ve seen faithful love

Face to face,

And Jesus is His name.

 

Faithful love is a friend

Just when hope seems to end,

Welcome face, sweet embrace,

Tender touch filled with grace.

Faithful love, endless pow’r,

Living flame, Spirit’s fire;

Burning bright in the night,

Guiding my way.

 

Give Thanks

 

Give thanks
With a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given
Jesus Christ His Son

And now let the weak say
I am strong
Let the poor say
I am rich
Because of what
The Lord has done for us
And now let the weak say
I am strong
Let the poor say
I am rich
Because of what
The Lord has done for us

 

Father God

 

Father God

Just for today

Help me walk

Your narrow way

Help me stand

When I might fall

Give me the strength to hear your call

 

Chorus

May my steps be worship

May my thoughts be praise

May my words bring honor to your name

 

May my steps be worship

May my thoughts be praise

May my words bring honor to your name

 

Here I am

Just for today

Live in me

Have Your way

For my desire

When this race is run

Is to hear You say

“Well Done”

 

Chorus

 

Firm Foundation

 

Jesus, You’re my firm foundation

I know I can stand secure

Jesus, You’re my firm foundation

I put my hope in Your holy word

I put my hope in Your holy word

 

I have a living hope

I have a future

God has a plan for me

(Men) Of this I’m sure

(All) Of this I’m sure

Chorus

 

Your word is faithful

Mighty in power

God will deliver me

Men Of this I’m sure

Of this I’m sure

Get Right Church

 

Get right church and let’s go home

Bass (Well get right church and let’s go home)

Get right church and let’s go home

Get right church, You better get right church

Get right church and let’s go home

 

I’m going home on the morning train

Bass (I’m going home on the morning train)

I’m going home on the morning train

I’m going home, ya-know that, I’m going home

I’m going home on the morning train

 

Evening train might be too late

Bass (That evening train might be too late)

Evening train might be too late

Evening train, ya-know that evening train

Evening train might be too late

 

Back back train and get your load

Bass (Well back back train and get your load)

Back back train and get your load

Back back train, I said now back back train

Back back train and get your load

 

He Has Made Me Glad

 

He has made me glad
He has made me glad
I will rejoice for
He has made me glad
He has made me glad
He has made me glad
I will rejoice for
He has made me glad

I will enter His gates
With thanksgiving in my heart
I will enter His courts with praise
I will say this is the day
That the Lord has made
I will rejoice
For He has made me glad

 

He Is Wonderful

 

Alto

All praises be to the King of kings

And the Lord our God He is wonderful

 

Soprano

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah He is wonderful

 

Tenor

Hallelujah, salvation and glory, honor and power,

He is wonderful

 

Bass

For the Lord our God is mighty,

The Lord our God is omnipotent,

Oh our God He is wonderful

 

He Paid A Debt

 

He paid a debt He did not owe

I owed a debt I could not pay

I needed someone to wash my sins away

And now I sing a brand new song:

“Amazing Grace!” (the whole day long)

Christ Jesus paid the debt

That I could never pay

 

He paid that debt at Calvary

He cleansed my soul and set me free

I’m glad that Jesus did all my sins erase

I now can sing a brand new song

“Amazing Grace!” (the whole day long)

Christ Jesus paid the debt

That I could never pay

 

One day He’s coming back for me

To live with Him eternally

Won’t it be glory to see Him on that day

I then will sing a brand new song

“Amazing Grace!” (the whole day long)

Christ Jesus paid the debt

That I could never pay

 

Here I Am to Worship

 

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

 

Chorus

So here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that you’re my God
And You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

 

King of all days
Oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

 

Chorus

 

And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
And I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross 

 

Chorus

 

Hide Me Away

 

Women Echo

Hide me away, O Lord

Hide me away, O Lord

(All) In the day of trouble

‘Neath the shadow of your wings

Hide me away, O Lord

 

Give me your peace, O Lord…

Safe in your dwelling place…

 

Hear, O Israel

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

 

Unison

Hear, O Israel,

The Lord thy God is one God.

 

Men sing-Women echo

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God

With all of thy heart

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God

With all of thy soul

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God

With all of thy mind

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God

With all of thy strength

 

Hear, O Israel,

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself…

 

I Love You With The Love of the Lord

 

I love you with the love of the Lord

I love you with the love of the Lord

I see in you the glory of my King

And I love you with the love of the Lord

 

Please love us with the love of the Lord

Please love us with the love of the Lord

If you want to do God’s will

Then the deed you must fulfill

Is to love us with the love of the Lord

 

I Stand In Awe

 

You are beautiful beyond description

Too marvelous for words.

Too wonderful for comprehension

Like nothing ever seen or heard.

Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?

Who can fathom the depth of Your love?

You are beautiful beyond description

Majesty enthroned above.

 

And I stand, I stand in awe of You

I stand, I stand in awe of You

Holy God to whom all praise is due

I stand in awe of You.

 

Holy Ground

 

This is holy ground

We’re standing on holy ground

For the Lord is present

And where He is, is holy

Repeat

 

These are holy hands

We’re lifting up holy hands

For the Lord is present

And where He is, is holy

Repeat

 

We are standing on holy ground

And I know that there are angels all around

Let us praise Jesus now

We are standing in Your presence (x3)

On holy ground

 

I Am A Sheep

 

I am a sheep and the Lord is my Shepherd,

Watching over my soul.

My soul to keep, guarding over me ever Watching wherever I go.

And when the winds blow, He is my shelter.

And when I’m lost and alone, He rescues me.

And when the lion comes, He is my victory.

Constantly watching over me.

He is constantly watching over me.

 

We are His children

And He is our Father,

Watching over our soul.

Great is His love for

His sons and His daughters,

Watching wherever we go.

And when the winds blow, He is my shelter.

And when I’m lost and alone, He rescues me.

And when the lion comes, He is my victory.

Constantly watching over me.

He is constantly watching over me.

 

I Am Mine No More

 

I am mine no more

I am mine no more

I’ve been bought with blood

I am mine no more

 

Jesus is my Lord

Jesus is my Lord

And He rules my life

Jesus is my Lord

 

He will come again

He will come again

And He’ll take me home

He will come again

 

I Love the Lord Messiah

 

I love the Lord Messiah

Deep down in my heart

I love the Lord Messiah

Deep down in my heart

 

Men

I said deep, deep, I said down, down

I said deep down in my heart

I said deep, deep, I said down, down

I said deep down in my heart

 

Women

Deep down, deep down in my heart

Deep down, deep down in my heart

 

I love to sing His praises…

I love my Christian family…

I want to go to heaven…

He fills me with His Spirit…

 

I Love You Lord

 

I love You Lord, And I lift my voice
To worship You, O my soul rejoice
Take joy my King, In what You hear
May it be a sweet sweet sound in Your ear

 

I love You, Lord, and I lift my hands

To worship You as my soul demands.

Take joy, my King, in what You see;

Make me a sweet, sweet child on your knee.

 

I love You, Lord, and I lift my life

To worship You whether peace or strife.

Take joy, my King, in what You see;

Let me be a sweet sacrifice unto Thee.

 

In Moments Like This

 

In moments like this

I lift up my voice

I lift up my voice to Christ Jesus

In moments like this

I sing out a song

I sing out a song to the Lord

Singing I love You Lord

Singing I love You Lord

Singing I love You Lord

I love You.

 

I Need You More

 

I need You more,

More than yesterday,

I need You more,

More than words can say,

I need You more,

Than ever before,

I need You more,

I need You Lord.

 

More than the air I breathe,

More than the song I sing,

More than my next heartbeat,

More than anything.

Lord, as time goes by,

I will be by Your side,

‘Cause I never want to go back

To my old life.

I Want To Be Where You Are

 

I just want to be where You are

Dwelling daily in Your presence

I don’t want to worship from afar

Draw me near to where You are

 

I just want to be where You are

In Your dwelling place forever

Take me to the place, where You are

I just want to be with You

 

Chorus

I want to be where You are

Dwelling in Your presence

Feasting at Your table

Surrounded by Your glory

In Your presence

That’s where I always want to be

I just want to be

I just want to be with You

 

I Will Call Upon the Lord

 

Women echo

I will call upon the Lord

Who is worthy to be praised

So shall I be saved from my enemies

 

All together

The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock

And let the God of my salvation be exalted

The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock

And let the God of my salvation be exalted

I will call upon the Lord

 

I Will Enter His Gates

 

I will enter His gates

With thanksgiving in my heart

I will enter His courts with praise

I will say, “This is the day

That the Lord has made.”

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

 

He has made me glad

He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

He has made me glad

He has made me glad

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

 

I’ve Been Crucified With Christ

Galatians 2:20

 

I’ve been crucified with Christ

Nevertheless I live

Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me

And the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by faith in the Son of God

Who loved me and gave Himself for me

 

If That Isn’t Love

 

He left the splendor of heaven

Knowing His destiny

Was the lonely hill of Golgotha

There to lay down His life for me.

 

Chorus

If that isn’t love

The ocean is dry

There’s no star in the sky

And the sparrow can’t fly!

If that isn’t love

Then heaven’s a myth

There’s no feeling like this

If that isn’t love.

 

Even in death He remembered

The thief hanging by His side;

He spoke with love and compassion

Then He took Him to paradise.

Chorus

 

In His Time

 

In His time, in His time,

He makes all things beautiful, in His time.

Lord, please show me ev’ryday,

As Your teaching me Your way,

That You do just what You say,

In Your time.

 

In Your time, in Your time,

You make all things beautiful, in Your time.

Lord my life to You I bring,

May each song I have to sing,

Be to You a lovely thing,

In Your time.

 

Light The Fire

 

I stand to praise You,

But I fall to my knees.

My spirit is hungry,

But my flesh is so weak.

 

Chorus

Light the fire in my soul,

Fan the flame, make me whole.

Lord, You know where I’ve been,

So light the fire in my heart again.

 

I feel Your arms around me,

As the power

Of Your healing begins.

You breathe new life

Right through me,

Like a mighty rushing wind.

Chorus

 

Indescribable

 

Indescribable uncontainable
You placed the stars in the sky
And You know them by name
You are amazing God
All powerful untamable
Awestruck we fall to our knees
As we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God

From the highest of heights
To the depths of the sea
Creation’s revealing Your majesty
From the colors of Fall
To the fragrance of Spring
Ev’ry creature unique
In the song that it sings
All exclaiming

Who has told ev’ry lightning bolt
Where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses
Laden with snow
Who imagined the sun
And gives source to its light
Yet conceals it to bring us
The coolness of night
None can fathom

 

I’m Happy Today

 

I’m happy today, oh, yes I’m happy today

In Jesus Christ, I’m happy today

Because He’s taken all my sins away

And that’s why I’m happy today

 

I’m singing today…

I’m praying today…

I’m sharing my faith…

 

I’m happy today, oh, yes I’m singing today

In Jesus Christ, I’m praying today

Because He’s taken all my sins away

And that’s why I’m sharing my faith

 

I’ve Been Redeemed

 

Leader lead, everyone else echo

I’ve been redeemed (I’ve been redeemed)

By the blood of the Lamb (By the blood of the Lamb)

I’ve been redeemed (I’ve been redeemed)

By the blood of the Lamb

(All) I’ve been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb

Filled with the Holy Ghost I am

All my sins are washed away;

I’ve been redeemed

 

Well, I went down (Well, I went down)   

To the river to pray (To the river to pray)

Well, I went down (Well, I went down)   

To the river to pray (To the river to pray)

(All) I felt so good that I stayed all day

All my sins are washed away;

I’ve been redeemed

 

Well, that’s not all (Well, that’s not all)

There’s more besides (There’s more besides)

Well, that’s not all (Well, that’s not all)

There’s more besides (There’s more besides)

I’ve been to the river and I’ve been baptized

All my sins are washed away;

I’ve been redeemed

 

You can talk about me (You can talk about me)

Anytime you please (Anytime you please)

You can talk about me (You can talk about me)

Anytime you please (Anytime you please)

I’ll talk about you when I’m on my knees

All my sins are washed away;

I’ve been redeemed

 

Jesus Let Us Come To Know You

 

Jesus let us come to know You

Let us see You face to face

Hold us, touch us, use us, mold us

Only let us live in You

 

Jesus draw us ever near You

Hold us in Your loving arms

Wrap us in Your gentle presence

When the end comes, bring us home

 

Jesus Is Lord

John 14:1-6

 

Men lead, Women echo

Jesus is Lord, my Redeemer

How He loves me, How I love Him

He is risen.  He is coming

Lord, come quickly,  Allelujah!

 

Chorus

Men

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Lord come quickly

Alleluia!

 

Women

Jesus came to die on Calvary

To redeem our lost humanity

Conquering death He rose triumphantly

Now He reigns for all eternity.

 

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer

Chorus

 

Precious is He, He that cometh

I will love Him.  I will serve Him

When He comes with shouts of glory

I will join Him, Allelujah!

Chorus

 

Kum Ba Ya (Come By Here)

 

Kum Ba Ya, my Lord

Kum Ba Ya

Kum Ba Ya, my Lord

Kum Ba Ya

Kum Ba Ya, my Lord

Kum Ba Ya

Lord, Kum Ba Ya!

 

Someone’s praying Lord….

Someone’s crying Lord…..

Someone’s laughing Lord..

Someone’s singing Lord….

 

Lamb of God

 

Your only Son, no sin to hide,

But You have sent Him from Your side

To walk upon this guilty sod,

And to become the Lamb of God

 

Chorus

Oh, Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God

I love the holy Lamb of God

Oh, wash me in His precious blood,

My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

 

Your gift of love they crucified

They laughed and scorned Him as He died.

The humble King they named a fraud

And sacrificed the Lamb of God.

Chorus

 

I was lost, I should have died

But You have brought me to Your side

To be led by your staff and rod,

And to be called the Lamb of God

 

Ending Chorus

Oh, Lamb of God, sweet Lamb of God

I love the holy Lamb of God

Oh, wash me in His precious blood,

Till I am just a Lamb of God

Oh, wash me in His precious blood,

My Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God

Oh, Lamb of God

 

Lord, My Desire

 

Men sing lead, Women echo

Lord, my desire

Is to be like You

Say the things You say

Do the things You do

 

Oh let me hear Your still voice

Through all the other noise

So that I can be

Just what you want me to be

Repeat

 

Lord I Lift Your Name on High

 

You came from heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the cross
My debt to pay
From the cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky


Lord I lift Your name on high

Lord I lift Your name on high
Lord I love to sing Your praises
I’m so glad You’re in my life
I’m so glad You came to save us

 

Majesty

 

Majesty, worship His majesty

Unto Jesus be all glory, power, and praise

Majesty, kingdom authority

Flow from His throne unto His own

His anthem raise!

So exalt, lift up on high

The name of Jesus!

Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus the King!

Majesty, worship His majesty!

Jesus Who died, now glorified

King of all kings!

 

Lord, Reign In Me

 

Over all the earth

You reign on high

Every mountain stream

Every sunset sky

But my one request

Lord my only aim

Is that you reign in me again

 

Chorus

Lord, reign in me

Reign in Your power

Over all my dreams

In my darkest hour

You are the Lord

Of all I am

So won’t you reign in me again

 

Over every thought

Over every word

May my life reflect

The beauty of my Lord

Cause you mean more to me

Than any earthly thing

So won’t You reign in me again

 

Lord Be There  

 

Soprano

Lord, be there for me when I fall

Be there for me when I call

Be there for me, dear Lord

 

Tenor

Lord, You know I always need You

And I know that, Lord, You’ll

Be there

 

Alto

Lord, Be there for me when I fall

Be there for me, dear Lord

 

Bass

Worthy is the Lamb of God

He is all I need

 

Listen to Our Hearts

Ephesians 3:17-19

 

How do you explain?

How do you describe?

A love that goes from east to west

And runs as deep as it is wide

 

You know all our hopes

You know all our fears

And words cannot express

The love we feel

But we long for you to hear

 

Refrain

So listen to our hearts

(Lord please listen)

Hear our spirits sing

(And hear us sing)

A song of praise that flows

(A simple song of praise)

From those you have redeemed

(From those you have redeemed)

We will use the words we know

To tell you what an awesome God you are

But words are not enough

To tell you about love

So listen to  our hearts

 

If words could fall like rain

From these lips of mine

And if I had a thousand years

I would still run out of time

 

If you listen to my heart

Every beat will say

Thank you for the life

Thank you for the truth

Thank you for the way

 

Love One Another

(a.k.a The Greatest Commands)

I John 4:8; I Cor. 13; Luke 10:27

 

ALTO

Love one another

For love is of God

He who loves is born of God and knows God

He who does not love, does not know God

For God is love, God is love

 

BASS

Love bears all things

Believes all things

Love hopes all things

Endures all things

 

TENOR

God is Love, God is Love,  God is Love

God is Love, God is Love, God is Love

God is Love, God is Love, God is Love

God is Love, God is Love, God is Love

 

SOPRANO

Love the Lord your God with all your heart

With all your soul, all your mind, all your strength

Love the Lord your God with all your heart

For God is love, God is love, God is love

 

My Eyes Are Dry

 

My eyes are dry, my faith is old

My heart is hard, my prayers are cold.

And I know how I ought to be,

Alive to You and dead to me.

 

What can be done to an old heart like mine?

Soften it up with oil and wine.

The oil is You, Your spirit of love.

Please wash me anew in the wine of Your blood.

 

Make Me A Servant

 

Make me a servant

Lord, make me like You

For You are a servant

Make me one, too

Make me a servant

Do what You must do

To make me a servant

Make me like You

 

To love my brother

To serve like You do

I humble my spirit

I bow before You

And through my service

I’ll be just like You

So make me a servant

Make me like You

 

Open my hands, Lord

And teach me to share

Open my heart, teach me to care

Service to others

Is service to You

So make me a servant

Make me like You

 

Marvelous Things

 

Soprano

He has done marvelous

He has done marvelous things

Praise the Lord

 

Alto

Marvelous marvelous

Marvelous marvelous things

Praise the Lord

 

Tenor

He’s done marvelous

He has done marvelous things

Praise the Lord

 

Bass

You know that He has done

Marvelous things

Praise the Lord

 

Mansion, Robe and Crown

 

I’m gonna trade my earthly home

For a better one bright and fair.

Christ left to prepare a mansion

For his children in the air.

I’ll join Him in that land

Where tears nor sorrows can be found

And I’ll receive my mansion, robe and crown.

 

Chorus

Man-sion, robe and a crown

There love always abounds

Let me your throne surround

Lord, please reserve my mansion,

Robe and crown.

 

Bass Chorus

Lord I want a brand new mansion,

Robe and a crown in glory.

There I know that peace and love

Will always abound forever.

Let me be among the saved

To your throne surround

Lord, please reserve my mansion,

Robe and crown.

 

The weather there is always fair

There is sunshine day and night.

No cold and no rain will fall there

For the Son shines ever bright.

I’ll need no heavy garments

I’ll just wrap my robe around.

When I receive my mansion,

Robe and crown.

Chorus

 

My head is bowed and bloody now

From the work that I’ve tried to do.

But one day I’ll be rewarded

With a crown so bright and new

I’ll wear a smile so bright

For there’ll be no cause for a frown.

When I receive my mansion,

Robe and crown.

Chorus

 

My Only Hope

 

My only hope is you, Jesus, my only hope is you

From early in the morning, ’til late at night,

My only hope is you

 

My only peace is you…

My only joy is you…

All that I need is you…

 

My Life Is In You

 

(Guys – 2x)

My life’s in you. My strength’s in you.

My hope’s in you. In you, it’s in you.

 

(Ladies – 2x)

My life is in you, Lord. My strength is in you, Lord.

My hope is in you, Lord. In you, it’s in you.

 

I will praise you will all of my heart.

I will praise you will all of my strength.

With all of my life, all of my strength,

All of my hope is in you.

 

Repeat Part I all together

In you, it’s in you.

In you, it’s in you.

It’s in you.

 

O Fill My Cup

 

(O fill my cup) O fill my cup

Let it overflow

(O fill my cup) O fill my cup

Let it overflow

(O fill my cup) O fill my cup

Let it overflow

Let it overflow with love

 

Amazing grace,

How sweet the sound…

 

When we’ve been there

Ten thousand years…

 

So fill my cup…

Oh God, You Are My God

 

Oh God, You are my God.

And I will ever praise You

Oh God You are my God

And I will ever praise You

 

And I will seek You in the morning

And I will learn to walk in Your ways

And step-by-step You’ll lead me

And I will follow You all of my days

 

And I will follow You all of my days

And I will follow You all of my days

And step-by-step You’ll lead me

And I will follow You all of my days

 

On Bended Knee

 

On bended knee I come

With a humble heart I come

Bowing down before Your holy throne

Lifting holy hands to You

As I pledge my love anew

I worship You in spirit, I worship You in truth

Make my life a holy praise unto You

 

On bended knee we come

With a humble heart we come

Bowing down before Your holy throne

Lifting holy hands to You

As we pledge our love anew

We worship You in spirit,

We worship You in truth

Make our lives a holy praise unto You

 

Pierce My Ear

Exodus 21:5 & 6

 

Pierce my ear, O Lord my God

Take me to Your door this day

I will serve no other god

Lord, I’m here to stay

 

For You have paid the price for me

With Your blood you ransomed me

I will serve You eternally

A free man I’ll never be

Only You

 

Women Lead, Men Echo:

Only You (can shake the mountains)

Only You (can calm the oceans)

Only You (can hold the heavens)

All: In the palm of your hand

 

Men Lead, Women Echo:

Tell Me Who (can look inside me)

Tell Me Who (can purify me)

Tell Me Who (loves me deeply)

All: More than I understand, Only You

 

With a word you spoke the heavens into place,

Scattered the stars and gave the earth its frame.

What is man that you should touch him with your grace?

And who am I, Oh Lord, that you should know my name?

 

Open My Heart

 

Open my heart to what You know

So I can stretch, so I can grow

My feelings toss me to and fro

Open my heart to what You know

 

Open my eyes to what You see

To understand what I should be

My feelings get the best of me

Open my eyes to what You see

 

Open my ears to what You hear

So I can keep You very near

My feelings make it so unclear

Open my ears to what You hear

 

Repeat Verse 1

 

Open the Eyes of My Heart

 

Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shining in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy holy holy

(BRIDGE)
Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
Holy holy holy
I want to see You

 

Pass It On

I John 4:11

 

It only takes a spark to get a fire going

And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it

You spread His love to everyone

You want to pass it on

 

What a wondrous time is spring

When all the trees are budding

The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it.

You want to sing — it’s fresh like spring

You want to pass it on

 

I wish for you, my friend

This happiness that I’ve found

You can depend on Him, it matters not where you’re bound

I’ll shout it from the mountaintops

I want my world to know

The Lord of love has come to me

And I want to pass it on

 

Restore My Soul

 

Restore my spirit, Lord

I need restored

Bass Lord you know that

My heart is weary

Please help me, dear Lord

I stand in need of more

Strength from Your word

Renew my love,

Rebuild my faith

Oh restore my soul

 

Revive the fire, Lord

Deep in my soul

Bass Won’t You please Lord

Stir my desire to work in your fold

Light in my heart, dear Lord

Your zeal grown cold

Renew my love, rebuild my faith

Oh restore my soul

 

Renew my courage, Lord

It needs restored

Bass Yes it does Lord

My cup is empty, refill it dear Lord

Replace all doubts and fears

With faith so bold

Renew my love, rebuild my faith

(Lord) Restore my soul.

 

Seek Ye First

Matthew 6:33

 

Seek ye first the kingdom of God

And His righteousness

And all these things shall be added unto you

Singing’ Allelu–alleluia

 

Men Repeat while Women sing Hallelujah

 

Ask and it shall be given unto you

Seek and ye shall find

Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.

Singing’ Allelu–alleluia.

 

Prince of Peace

 

You are holy

You are mighty

You are worthy

Worthy of Praise

I will follow

I will listen

I will love you

All of my days

 

Guys:       Girls:

I will sing to          You are the Lord of Lords

And worship         You are the Kings of Kings

the King who        You are the mighty God

is worthy          Lord of everything

I will love Him       You’re Emanuel

Adore Him            You’re the great I am

I will bow down     You’re the Prince of Peace

Before Him            Who is the Lamb

I will sing to           You’re the Living God

And worship          You’re my Saving Grace

The King who        You will reign forever

Is worthy               You are Ancient of Days

I will love Him       You are the Alpha,Omega

Adore Him             Beginning and End

I will bow down      You’re my Savior, Messiah

Before Him            Redeemer and Friend          

 

You’re My Prince of Peace

And I will live my Life for You!

 

Rejoice In The Lord Always

Philippians 4:4

 

Rejoice in the Lord always

And again I say rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord always

And again I say rejoice

Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice

Rejoice, rejoice, and again I say rejoice

 

Said I Wasn’t

 

Said I wasn’t gonna tell anybody, But I…

Couldn’t keep it to myself.

No I…Couldn’t keep it to myself.

No, no, no I…Couldn’t keep it to myself.

Said I wasn’t gonna tell anybody, But I…

Couldn’t keep it to myself.

What the Lord has done for me!

 

Chorus

Well you ought a been there…

Ought a been there.

When He saved my soul…

Saved my soul.

Well you ought a been there…

Ought a been there.

When He wrote my name on the roll.

Well I’ll…Keep walking

And I’ll…Keep talking

And I’ll…Keep singing

And I’ll…Keep shoutin’

What the Lord has done for me!

 

Said I wasn’t gonna pray about it…

Said I wasn’t gonna sing about it…

Said I wasn’t gonna shout about it…

 

Sing Amen, Amen

 

Sing Amen, Amen!  Rejoice, Amen, Amen!

Glory be to God Amen, Amen!

Repeat

 

When the Lord shall come again

Let the people sing Amen, Amen!

Repeat

 

Sing Amen, Amen!  Sing Amen, Amen!

Let the people sing Amen, Amen!

Repeat

 

Sanctuary

 

Oh Lord prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Pure and holy
Tried and true
With thanksgiving
I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You

 

It was you Lord

Who sent the Savior

Heart and soul Lord

To every man

It is you Lord who knows my weakness

You refine me

With thine own hand

 

Oh Lord prepare me
To be a sanctuary
Pure and holy
Tried and true
With thanksgiving
I’ll be a living
Sanctuary for You

 

Steadfast Love of the Lord

Lamentations 3:22-24

 

Men lead, Women echo

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases

His mercies never come to an end

They are new every morning

Great is Thy faithfulness

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul

“Therefore I will hope in Him.”

Repeat

 

Step By Step

 

O God You are my God
And I will ever praise You
O God You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

 

Stand Up and Shout It

 

Stand up and shout it if you love my Jesus

Stand up and shout it if you love my Lord

I want to know

Oh, I want to know

Do you love my Lord?

 

He’s my rock, my sword, my shield

He’s my wheel in the middle of a wheel

He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul

Makes no difference what they say

I’m gonna love Him anyway

He’s my rock, my sword, my shield

Praise the Lord!

 

Sit down and whisper if you love my Jesus…

Go out and tell it if you love my Jesus…

 

Soon and Very Soon

 

Soon and very soon

We are going to see the King

Soon and very soon

We are going to see the King

Soon and very soon

We are going to see the King

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

We’re going to see the King

 

No more crying there…

No more dying there…

Praise His holy name…

 

Shine Jesus Shine

 

Shine Jesus shine
Fill this land
With the Father’s glory
Blaze Spirit blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow river flow
Flood the nations
With grace and mercy
Send forth Your word Lord
And let there be light

Lord the light of Your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness shining
Jesus Light of the world shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
Shine on me shine on me

Lord I come to Your awesome presence
From the shadows into Your radiance
By the blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me try me consume all my darkness
Shine on me shine on me

As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
So our faces display Your likeness
Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story
Shine on me shine on me

 

Thank You

 

For all that you’ve done I will thank you

For all that you’re going to do

For all that you’ve promised and all that you are

Is all that has carried me through

Jesus I thank you.

 

(Women echo)

And I thank you, thank you Lord…

And I thank you, thank you Lord…

 

Thank you for loving and setting me free

Thank you for giving your life just for me

How I thank you

Gratefully thank you

Jesus I thank you

Thank you

 

Shout to the Lord

 

My Jesus my Saviour
Lord there is none like You
All of my days I want to praise
The wonders of Your mighty love
My comfort my Shelter
Tower of refuge and strength
Let every breath all that I am
Never cease to worship You

Shout to the Lord
All the earth let us sing
Power and majesty
Praise to the King
Mountains bow down
And the seas will roar
At the sound of Your name
I sing for joy
At the work of Your hands
Forever I’ll love You
Forever I’ll stand
Nothing compares to the promise
I have in You

 

Sing Allelujah To The Lord

 

Women echo

Sing Allelujah to the Lord

Sing Allelujah to the Lord

Sing Allelujah, sing Allelujah

Sing Allelujah to the Lord

 

Jesus is Lord of heaven and earth…

Jesus is living in His church…

Jesus is risen from the dead…

He’s coming back to claim His own…

So sing Allelujah to the Lord…

 

Someday

 

Soprano

Someday…Someday…

Someday…Someday

 

Alto

Peace and joy and happiness

No more sorrow

Someday

 

Tenor

Gotta be ready when He calls my name

Gotta be ready when He calls my name

Gotta be ready when He calls my name

Someday

 

Bass

Trumpets will sound and all the dead shall arise

We’ll walk the streets of gold,

Someday.

 

Teach Me, Lord, To Wait

Isaiah 40:31

 

Teach me, Lord, to wait down on my knees

‘Till in Your own good time

You will answer my pleas

Teach me not to rely on what others do

But to wait in prayer for an answer from You

 

Teach me, Lord, to wait

While my heart’s all aflame

Let me humble my pride

And call upon Your name

Keep my faith renewed;

Keep my eyes fixed on You

Let me be on this earth what You want me to be

 

Those who wait upon the Lord

Shall renew their strength

They shall mount up on wings like eagles

They shall run and not be weary

They shall walk and not faint

Teach me, Lord, O Lord, to wait

 

Thank You, Lord

 

Thank You, Lord, for loving me and

Thank You, Lord, for blessing me

Thank You, Lord, for making me whole

And saving my soul

 

Chorus

(I want to) Thank You, Lord, for loving me

Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul

 

Let us all with one accord

Sing praises to Christ the Lord

Let us all unite in song

To praise Him all day long

Chorus

 

Please reveal Your will for me

So I can serve You for eternity

Use my life in every way

Take hold of it today

Chorus

 

The Lord Has A Will

 

I need You Lord, in all I do

You’re always there to see me through

I can’t get by unless I lean on You, Lord

 

Chorus

The Lord has a will, and I have a need

To follow that will, to humbly be still

To rest in it, nest in it, fully be blessed in it

Following my Father’s will

 

Your law of love is in my heart

You wrote it there, it won’t depart

It lights my way and keeps me out of the dark

 

I thank You, Lord, Your word is sown

Into my life, and there it’s grown

It’s roots go deep where living waters are known

Chorus

 

The Lord Thy God

 

The Lord thy God

In the midst of thee

Is mighty, is mighty

Repeat verse

 

And I saw Him

High and lifted up

With power and grace

And authority

 

And He shall reign

In the midst of thee

Forever and ever, amen.

 

There’s Something About That Name

Acts 4:12

 

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

There’s just something about that name

Master, Savior, Jesus

Like the fragrance after the rain

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

Let all heaven and earth proclaim

Kings and kingdoms will all pass away

But there’s something about that name

There’s a Stirring

 

There’s a stirring deep within me

Could it be my time has come,

When I’ll see my gracious Savior

Face to face when all is done,

 

Is that His voice I am hearing,

“Come away my precious one!”

Is He calling me?

Is He calling me?

 

I will rise up!  Rise up!

And bow down, and lay my crown

At His wounded feet!

 

This is the Day

 

This is the day

This is the day that the Lord has made

That the Lord has made

I will rejoice

I will rejoice and be glad in it

And be glad in it

 

This is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice and be glad in it

This is the day

This is the day that the Lord has made

 

View That Holy City

 

You know that I’m gonna view that holy city

Oh I’m gonna view that holy city

One of these days

Hallelujah

I’m gonna view that holy city x2

One of these days x2

 

I’m gonna meet my loving Jesus…

I’m gonna sit at the welcome table…

I’m gonna feast on milk and honey…

I’m gonna sing and never get tired…

 

We Shall Assemble

 

We shall assemble on the mountain

We shall assemble at the throne

With humble hearts into His presence

We bring an offering of song

Glory and honor and dominion

Unto the Lamb, unto the King

Oh Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

We sing the song of the redeemed

 

And at the end of our journey

We shall bow down on bended knee

And with the angels up in heaven

We’ll sing the song of victory

(Guys lead, Girls Echo)

Glory and honor and dominion

Unto the Lamb, Unto the King

Oh Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

We sing the song of the redeemed!

 

Thy Word

Psalms 119:105-112

 

Chorus

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet

And a light unto my path

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet

And a light unto my path

 

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way

Still You’re there right beside me

Nothing will I fear as long as You are near

Please be with me to the end

Chorus

 

I will not forget Your love for me,

And yet my heart forever is wandering

Jesus be my Guide, hold me to Your side

And I will love You to the end

Chorus

 

Nothing will I fear as long as You are near

Please be with me to the end

Chorus

 

Walking Down Heaven’s Road

 

Who’s that walking down the road

Carrying such a heavy load?

Sinner, lay your burden down

‘Cause you’re walkin’ on heaven’s road!

 

(And when I’m) walkin’ on heaven’s road

I’m gonna lay down my heavy load

Jesus said He’d walk along with me

Praise God, glory Hallelujah!

I’m singin’ all the way

I got sunshine in every day

Won’t you come along and join me

On that heaven’s road?

 

Young folks walkin’ hand in hand

Singin’ with that angel band

Old folks ain’t so tired no more

‘Cause they’re walkin’ on heaven’s road!

 

Ain’t no tears, no cryin’ there

Ain’t no sorrow anywhere

Ain’t got time to shed no tears

‘Cause I’m walkin’ on heaven’s road!

Victory Chant

 

Women echo

Hail, Jesus, You’re my King

Your life frees me to sing

I will praise You all my days

You’re perfect in all Your ways

 

Hail, Jesus, You’re my Lord

I will obey Your word

I want to see Your kingdom grow

Not my will but Yours I know.

 

Raise 1/2 Step

Glory, glory to the Lamb

You take me into the land

We will conquer in Your name

and proclaim that Jesus reigns!

 

Chorus

Hail, hail, Lion of Judah

How powerful You are!

Hail, hail Lion of Judah

How wonderful You are!

How wonderful You are!

Repeat last verse and Chorus

 

Together

How wonderful You are

 

We Shall Assemble

 

We shall assemble on the mountain

We shall assemble at the throne

With humble hearts into His presence

We bring an offering of song

Glory and honor and dominion

Unto the Lamb, unto the King

Oh Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

We sing the song of the redeemed

 

And at the end of our journey

We shall bow down on bended knee

And with the angels up in heaven

We’ll sing the song of victory

(Guys lead, Girls Echo)

Glory and honor and dominion

Unto the Lamb, Unto the King

Oh Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

We sing the song of the redeemed!

We Bow Down

 

You are the Lord of creation and Lord of my life

Lord of the land and the sea

You were Lord of the heavens

Before there was time

And Lord of all lords You will be!

 

We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

We bow down, and we worship You, Lord

Lord of all lords You will be!

 

You are the King of creation and King of my life

King of the land and the sea

You were King of the heavens

Before there was time

And King of all kings You will be!

 

We bow down, and we crown You the King

We bow down, and we crown You the King

We bow down, and we crown You the King

Kings of all kings You will be!

 

Without Him

 

Without Him, I would be nothing

Without Him, I’d surely fail

Without Him, I would be drifting

Like a ship without a sail

 

Chorus

Jesus, my Jesus,

Do you know Him today?

Please don’t turn Him away

Oh, Jesus, my Jesus

Without Him how lost I would be

 

Without Him, I would be dying

Without Him, I’d be enslaved

Without Him, life would be hopeless

But with Jesus, thank God, I’m saved

 

We Are One In The Spirit

 

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit; we are one in the Lord

And we pray that our unity

May one day be restored

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, by our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love

 

We will walk with each other,

We will walk hand in hand

We will walk with each other,

We will walk hand in hand

And together we’ll spread the news

That God is in our land

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, by our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians

By our love

 

We will work with each other,

We will work side by side

We will work with each other,

We will work side by side

And we’ll guard each man’s dignity

And save each man’s pride

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, by our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love

 

You Are The Song That I Sing

 

You are the words and the music

You are the song that I sing

You are the melody, You are the harmony

Praises to Your name I will bring

You are the Lord of lords,

You are the mighty God

You are the King of all kings

So now I give back to You

Te song that You gave to me

You are the song that I sing

 

We Will Glorify

Rev 5:13

 

We will glorify the King of Kings

We will glorify the Lamb

We will glorify the Lord of lords

Who is the great I AM

 

Lord Jehovah reigns in majesty

We will bow before His throne

We will worship Him in righteousness

We will worship Him alone

 

He is Lord of heaven, Lord of earth

He is Lord of all who live

He is Lord above the universe

All praise to Him we give

 

Hallelujah to the King of kings

Hallelujah to the Lamb

Hallelujah to the Lord of lords

Who is the great I AM

 

We Will Stand

 

You’re my brother, you’re my sister

So take me by the hand

Together we will work till He comes

There’s no foe that can defeat us

When we’re walking side by side

As long as there is love

We will stand

 

We will stand

Yes we will stand

One by one

Hand in hand

We will overcome the darkness

Spread his love across the land

Together we will stand

 

Where No One Stands Alone

 

Once I stood in the night

With my head bowed low

In the darkness as black as could be

And my heart felt alone and I cried

“O Lord, Don’t hide Your face from me.”

 

Hold my hand all the way, every hour, every day

From here to the great unknown

Take my hand; Let me stand

Where no one stands alone

 

Like a king I may live in a palace so tall

With great riches to call my own

But I don’t know a thing in this whole wide world

 

Wonderful

 

Wonderful, wonderful, Jesus is to me

Counselor, Prince of Peace,, mighty God is He

Saving me, keeping me from my sin and shame

Wonderful is my redeemer praise His name!

 

Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord.

Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord.

Hallelu,  Hallelu,  Hallelu, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord.

Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah,

Praise ye the Lord.

 

His name is wonderful, His name is wonderful!

His name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord!

He is the mighty king, Master of everything!

His name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord!

He’s the great shepherd, the rock of all ages!

Almighty God is He!  Bow down before Him!

Love and adore Him!

His name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord!

 

Were You There

 

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

 

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

 

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

 

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

Oh! Sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

 

Who’s The King Of The Jungle

 

Who’s the King of the jungle (Ump, ump)

Who’s the King of the sea (Water, water, water)

Who’s the King of the universe

And who’s the King of me

 

Chorus

His name is J-E-S-U-S,  Yes!!

He’s the King of the universe

He’s the King of the sea (Water, water, water)

He’s the King of the jungle (Ump, ump)

And He’s the King of me

 

Who’s the King of the desert (Bla, bla)

Who’s the King of the stars (Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle)

Who’s the King of the Milky Way

And who’s the King of Mars

 

Chorus

 

Worthy Is The Lamb

Rev. 5:12

 

Men

Worthy is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb

 

Women echo

Worthy is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb, He is the Lamb

Worthy is the Lamb

 

Holy is the Lamb…

Mighty is the Lamb…

Jesus is the Lamb…

 

Worthy is the Lamb, Holy is the Lamb

Mighty is the Lamb, Jesus is the Lamb

 

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

 

Wonderful merciful Savior,

Precious redeemer and friend,

Who would have thought that a Lamb could

Rescue the souls of men?

O, You rescue the souls of men!

 

Chorus

You are the One that we praise

You are the one we adore

You give the healing and grace

Our hearts always hunger for

O, our hearts always hunger for.

 

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper

Spirit we long to embrace

You offer hope when our hearts have

Hopelessly lost the way

Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way

 

Almighty, infinite Father

Faithfully loving Your own

Here in our weakness You find us

Falling before Your throne

O, we’re falling before Your throne

 

You Are My All in All

 

Jesus Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

 

You are my strength
When I am weak
You are the treasure
That I seek
You are my all in all

 

Seeking you as a precious jewel
Lord to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all

 

Taking my sin
My cross my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all


When I fall down you pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

 

You’re The One

 

Lord the people praise You

Lift you up and raise You

You are the Holy One

You’re the One

You’re the Only One

 

Halle, Halle, Hallelu

All the glory is due You

You are the Holy One

You’re the One

You’re the Only One

 

Lord the people love you

Place nobody above you

You are the Holy One

You’re the One

You’re the Only One

 

Bless your name Lord Jesus

The only name that frees us

You are the Holy One

You’re the One

You’re the Only One

 

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