Upcoming CD Review: Risen, Sovereign Grace Ministries
Released date: March 2011
What can I say about Sovereign Grace Ministries, Bob Kauflin, and C.J. Mahaney? Over the past ten years, their books, music, and other resources have been instrumental in helping to shape how I look at worship leading and the Christian life as whole. I am forever grateful for their ministries. In an age where the trivial is often given center stage, Sovereign Grace remains a steady force for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They keep the main thing, the main thing!
In 2009, Sovereign Grace Ministries released Sons and Daughters. It was voted “Worship Compilation of the Year” in Worship Leader Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. After releasing two more specialized projects in 2010, they have just released their new project: Risen.
Risen is all about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the reality of this event changes everything for the believer. Here are some quotes from Bob Kauflin about the implications of the resurrection and the project via his blog (www.worshipmatters.com).
“A whole album of songs that celebrate the reality and meaning of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
“It’s one thing to believe that Jesus bodily rose from the dead. It’s another thing to understand what implications that has. It’s yet another thing to live in the good of those implications.”
“The gospel falls apart unless Jesus Christ was actually raised from the dead.”
“The resurrection is the sure sign that the power of the future age has broken into the present, that our justification is secure, that the powers of hell have been disarmed, that all those who trust in Christ will one day have glorified bodies, and that the new creation has dawned.”
We always need more faithful songs about the resurrection to use in corporate worship. Time after time, Sovereign Grace has done a phenomenal job in producing biblically sound lyrics and coupling them with great music. From all indications, Risen is going to be yet another treasure for the local church from Sovereign Grace Ministries. Look for our review of RISEN next week! In the meantime, you can download the project from Amazon for $6.99. Click here to watch a preview of the project via You Tube.