Cross-Centered Worship: “The Prodigal”
We have noticed a disturbing trend in the corporate worship songs of the church. Perhaps you have too? It seems that we sing very little about the main point of Christianity. This is due, in large part, to church leaderships desire to be more “sensitive” to those who attend the service but are not Christians.
The research tells us (we are told), that non-Christians don’t really want to hear about sin and guilt and being accountable to a holy God. Hearing about a Savior dying on a bloody cross for their sins is not high on their priority list. To reach them, we must eliminate these topics from our sermons and our songs. Sadly, much of the Evangelical church has mistakenly signed on to this approach. We could not disagree more strongly!
The message of a crucified and risen Savior and the reconciliation that this can bring is the only message… the church has! It is the one and only message the church has been entrusted with and that the lost so desperately needs to hear.
This weeks song is called “The Prodigal” and was written by Meghan Baird and Ryan Baird. I have included it not because it is a great song for congregational singing, but because it reminds us all of the empty life Christ redeemed us from. I hope it ministers to you. If you like this song, be sure to check the “Like” box at the bottom of the post and/or the “Rate This” box at the top of the post.
You held out Your arms, I walked away
Insolent, I spurned Your face
Squandering the gifts You gave to me
Holding close forbidden things
Destitute, a rebel still, a fool in all my pride
The world I once enjoyed is death to me
No joy, no hope, no life
Where now are the friends that I had bought
Gone with every penny lost
What hope could there be for such as I
Sold out to a world of lies
Oh to see Your face again, it seems so distant now
Could it be that You would take me back
A servant in Your house
You held out Your arms, I see them still
You never left, You never will
Running to embrace me, now I know
Your cords of love will always hold
Mercy’s robe, a ring of grace
Such favor undeserved
You sing over me and celebrate
The rebel now Your child
© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)
By Meghan Baird and Ryan Baird
If you liked this song, you will probably also like this song: Cross-Centered Worship “All I Have Is Christ”
Posted on January 7, 2011, in Christianity, The Christian Life, Worship and tagged bob Kauflin, christianity, consumer worship, cross-centered worship, El cristianismo, faith, Meghan Baird, religion, Ryan Baird, Sons and Daughters, Sovereign Grace Ministries, The Prodigal, worship, Worship Leading, worship songs. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.