Theologian Gordon Fee once said, “Show me a church’s songs, and I’ll show you their theology.” I read that statement this morning in a great article entitled "The Key to Choosing Your Songs". The author put into words a practice that we have worked hard to build into the fabric and DNA of The Creek Church. Namely, we are working to both preserve ancient songs that have stood the test of time and bring new songs into the church that are overflowing with theological richness.
This week's setlist is no exception to that philosophy. From the ancient times, we are singing, Rock of Ages, written by Augsutus Toplady, that teaches us to remember that Christ is our hiding place and we bring nothing to the table, our works are useless. And from the modern ages, we are singing All I Have is Christ, written by Jordan Kauflin. This hymn contains one of my favorite descriptions of our condition before Christ. (see below) The combined teaching of these songs give us different angles of our lives both before and after Christ. The very person with which we were once enemies is now the person who is our place of comfort and rest.
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace