Behind the Music
This week we began our new series, Identity Rescripted. As Pastor Mike explained, every single human tries to create an identity outside of the identity that God has scripted for us. Our go-to action is always reading off the wrong script. One of the many ways that Scripture explains the script that we naturally live is found in Romans. Paul writes in Romans, "Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised."
Because of our rebellion, we serve created things rather than the Creator. We think that created things, whether "good" or "evil", give us identity. Scripture calls our exchange sin. The only remedy for sin is the covering of Christ's blood, which brings us to this week's featured song, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus arranged by CityAlight.
This simple yet profound hymn (lyrics below) was written by a popular Baptist pastor in the 1800s, Robert Lowry. Nothing but the Blood drives home the reality that forgiveness and the reordering of our identity can only be ignited by the blood of Christ. Without Jesus' sacrificial work, we will continue to turn to the created rather than the Creator.
Nothing But the Blood
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus
For my pardon this I see Nothing but the blood of Jesus! For my cleansing this my plea Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Chorus: Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow No other fount I know Nothing but the blood of Jesus
This is all my hope and peace Nothing but the blood of Jesus! This is all my righteousness Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Glory glory this I see Nothing but the blood of Jesus! All my praise for this I bring Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Who is CityAlight?
City Alight is a group of musicians writing music specifically for the church to sing. Below is a letter from the team. Check it out:
"Allow us to introduce ourselves. In early 2013, fifteen songwriters from St Paul's Castle Hill got together and began to work on new music for the church. The vision was for biblically-rich lyrics and simple melodies.
The task of writing for the church was taken very seriously. Over the course of the year, around fifty songs were written. Each was reviewed in a system involving a panel of songwriters, musicians and the pastoral ministry team.
In February 2014, ten of these songs were recorded live at church. Produced by Nathan Finochio (The Royal Royal) and mixed by Ainslie Grosser (Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman), we are very excited about the finished product.
Our prayer is that you and your church might sing these simple songs to our glorious God. If any of the songs are helpful, charts and lyrics are available online. If not, we hope you enjoy listening anyway!"
Learn more about CityAlight here