Monday, January 11, 2010

Why Cross-Centered Songs?

Do you love cross-centered songs? I hope you are part of a local church that loves to sing cross-centered songs. C.J. Mahaney gives us four reasons why we should sing cross-centered songs:

First, since the cross is the storyline of Scripture, it should be the storyline of our corporate worship.

"For I delivered to you as of first importance...that Christ died for our sins...that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures." (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

Second, we must never leave the impression during corporate worship that we do not need a mediator.

"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Tim. 2:5)

Third, cross-centered songs imitate the heavenly model.

"And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation." (Rev. 5:9)

Fourth, cross-centered songs affect our souls.

"As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." (Ps. 42:1-2)

I would encourage each of you to be reminded of these truths when you go to worship corporately. I would also encourage you to apply these truths to your listening habits. We can never be reminded of the gospel enough. Find cross-centered songs and play them in your car, house or office to be constantly reminded of God's amazing grace.

Grace upon grace,

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