Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In Christ Alone

Last week Keith and Kristyn Getty came to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to lead a hymn sing for the students and community around Wake Forest. The Gettys, along with Stuart Townsend have written what is in my opinion the greatest hymn in a hundred years. My theology professor quoted some words to us from this song before class the other day and made the statement: "People will learn and remember more about the atonement (the work of Christ on the cross) from this song than they ever will through your preaching or teaching. That is the power of song and the power of a well written hymn." I humbly believe that he is correct. I don't know of a song where the gospel message is more clearly on display.

Here are the lyrics:

In Christ Alone
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Copyright © 2001 Kingsway Thankyou Music

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Amen. Our church back in TN would sing this song and tears fill my eyes as I remember singing....

Oh, that the precious ones in this country will learn of this song's great truths! And then write their own in Portuguese! :)