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Christ Our Only Hope in Life and Death

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Hello Sovereign Grace Family,

One of the things I’ve been doing is compiling some helpful resources that should be sent out to you all sometime this week. However, I just couldn’t wait to send this out to you all. Some have already expressed appreciation for the music that’s been sent out accompanying the sermon video.

If you like new music, a new song was just released entitled Christ Our Only Hope in Life and Death. It is the result of a collective effort of a number of modern hymn writers including Keith & Kristyn Getty, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Papa, Matt Boswell, and Matt Merker (we sing songs by all of these individuals at Sovereign Grace). The song was intended to be released for the upcoming Easter season. However, in light of current events, in God’s providence it’s release date is even more timely.

The song is based on the the first question and answer of the Heidlberg Catechism (printed below if you want to read it). It’s a reminder of the great comfort we have, knowing we belong to a good and sovereign God. In Christ, there is nothing to fear but everything to rejoice in - both in life and death. As a result, our hope springs eternal, and we can sing hallelujah.

I hope the song will encourage you today, and in the coming weeks. Perhaps we’ll sing it all together on the other side of this time apart.

Click here to listen to the song w/ lyrics on YouTube.

Click here for a page that provides links to a free mp3 download, sheet music, and streaming services.

Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?                                                                  

A. That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil.[5] He also preserves me in such a way[6] that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head;[7] indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.[8] Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life[9] and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.[10]

[1] I Cor. 6:19, 20 [2] Rom. 14:7-9. [3] I Cor. 3:23; Tit. 2:14. [4] I Pet. 1:18, 19; I John 1:7; 2:2. [5] John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14, 15; I John 3:8. [6] John 6:39, 40; 10:27-30; II Thess. 3:3; I Pet. 1:5. [7] Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18. [8] Rom. 8:28. [9] Rom. 8:15, 16; II Cor. 1:21, 22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13, 14. [10] Rom. 8:14.