In 1 Corinthians 15:1-6 Paul gives a very short summary of the Gospel. Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection are non-negotiable facts of the Christian faith. As we gather corporately this weekend we will be hearing from God’s Word about what it means to worship corporately and what it should look like. Part of this is the idea that our worship should be utterly Christ-focused. The songs we sing corporately should be a response to God’s revelation in his Word and contain truths about Him. Certainly this often involves gratitude for the work He has performed in us. However, the focus is not us, but rather the work of Christ. One of my favorite songs that we sing at Highland Park is titled Jesus Saves and is written by David Moffitt and Travis Cottrell. It is linked at the bottom of this article so you can listen to it.
What’s amazing to me about this song is that it clearly portrays each part of the Gospel that Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 15. Starting with His birth in the first two verses of the song, his life and death in the third verse, and his resurrection and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers in the fourth this song tells the story of Christ’s atoning work while echoing the battle cry, “Jesus Saves!” Let us not grow weary of shouting boldly to the forces of darkness that they have lost and Christ has already secured the victory over sin and death!
The songs we sing corporately should be a response to God’s revelation in his Word and contain truths about Him.
One final thing that is worth noting here is in the bridge before the fourth verse, we are reminded that God is making all things new. Every Christian is a testimony of the power of the Gospel to fix brokenness and bring the dead to life. Whether you were saved out of a life of addiction, abuse, or gossip it is only through the power of the blood of Christ that the chains of those things may be broken. As you wage war against temptation this week, let us cry in our hearts, “Jesus Saves!” As we gather corporately as the bride which Christ redeemed let us shout as one, “Jesus Saves!”
If you’d like to check out this week’s order of worship you can do so here.