This week at HBC (@hawesvillebc on twitter) Bro. Mark is sharing from Philippians 2:5-11. In this classic scripture passage we have many musical-lyrical references.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
This is what we’ll be singing on Sunday:
Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin) – This modern song directly using verses 7 and 8 from our passage. Our congregation. Sings out on this song!
Here I Am to Worship (Tim Hughes) – This is a great follow-up to Jesus Messiah. This Hughes song from 2000 helps us reflect on why we are in God’s house…
In Christ Alone (Keith Getty and Stuart Townend) – this passage from Philippians covers the story of Christ in just a few verses. In the same way, “In Christ Alone” does the same thing. This is a great new hymn of the faith that will be passed down through the ages.
Where Would We Be Without Your Love (Redman) – In a song of reflection, our praise team will lead this brand new Matt Redman song from his “10,000 Reasons” release. This song allows the worshiper to look back on where God has brought them and how much He loves them. fantastic lyrics used as questions ask the listener: “where would we be without Your love…Your cross?”
He is Lord (Linda Lee Johnson/Tom Fettke) – one of the most perfect weldings of music to lyric “He is Lord, He is Lord, He is risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!”. This entire hymn is based on this passage.
Whatever you’re singing (old, new, modern, classic, or in-between) make it relevant by making it scriptural and thematic.