We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, July 22, 2016

By Grace I'm Saved, Grace Free and Boundless

By grace I'm saved, grace free and boundless;
My soul, believe and doubt it not.
Why stagger at this word of promise?
Hath Scripture ever falsehood taught?
Nay; then this word must true remain;
By grace thou, too, shalt heav'n obtain.

By grace! None dare lay claim to merit;
Our works and conduct have no worth.
God in His love sent our Redeemer,
Christ Jesus, to this sinful earth;
His death did for our sins atone,
And we are saved by grace alone.

By grace! Oh, mark this word of promise
When thou art by thy sins opprest,
When Satan plagues thy troubled conscience,
And when thy heart is seeking rest.
What reason cannot comprehend
God by His grace to thee doth send.

By grace God's Son, our only Savior,
Came down to earth to bear our sin.
Was it because of thine own merit
That Jesus died thy soul to win?
Nay, it was grace, and grace alone,
That brought Him from His heavenly throne.

By grace! This ground of faith is certain;
So long as God is true, it stands.
What saints have penned by inspiration,
What in His Word our God commands,
What our whole faith must rest upon,
Is Grace alone, grace in His Son.

By grace to timid hearts that tremble,
In tribulation's furnace tried,--
By grace, despite all fear and trouble,
The Father's heart is open wide.
Where could I help and strength secure
If grace were not my anchor sure?

Hymn #373, The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Ephesians 2:8, 9
Author: Christian L. Scheidt, 1742, cento
Titled: "Aus Gnaden soll ich selig werden"
Composer: Kornelius H. Dretzel, 1731
Tune: "O dass ich tausend"


Alec said...

Beautiful, Glenn.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

We sang this in church Sunday and I'd never heard it before. I thought it was great.

scott said...

That is a great hymn! We will incorporate it into our hymnal. Thank you for sharing it! I thought the church you attended didn't sing hymns like though. We recently sang this hymn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVJFYWMARw0

Glenn E. Chatfield said...


The church we left 18 months ago became mostly CCM, which was the "straw" which led us to find a new assembly.

The assembly we currently attend will have old stuff often, and Id say 80% of the time we have at least one. They also do a lot of more modern stuff, but unlike our previous assembly, the new stuff we use doesn't have aberrant or vacuous lyrics.