A few weeks ago we started a new sermon series based from 1 and 2 Corinthians called “A Passion for God’s People.” We have been learning about different issues within the church of Corinth and that the apostle Paul was challenging them to let go of the sinful things. Paul dives into sexuality, freedom in food, marriage, singleness, division and gifting. The church had gotten off track in so many areas. It was damaging the church in Corinth as well as their witness to the Corinthian people.
I have been challenged and convicted the last several Sundays. In what ways are we failing as a church? How come some of these issues Paul addresses are still present today? Are we repentant for all we have done wrong?
A week or so ago, Nick Randle sent me the song “Resurrender” for us to consider introducing during our worship times. I had heard this song before but did not expect the song lyrics to be applicable to what we go through as a church.
The chorus states:
“We are Your people, You are our God
We are your Temple, make us holy like you are
We are Your children, You’ve set us apart
God for Your glory, make us holy like you are.”
(Scripture Support 1 Cor 6:19, 1 John 3:1, 2 Cor 5:20-21)
To that I say, AMEN. I agree! God make us holy for your glory and your honor. The chorus is simple and singable. I believe it is what the apostle Paul was reminding the church in Corinth.
As much as I love the simplicity of the chorus, my favorite lyrics come during the bridge.
The bridge states:
“Mark Your people with Your presence
Make us a place where you delight to dwell
May we heed Your hand’s correction
Oh Lord, our Shepherd, You do all things well
Your love as firm as it is tender
Your law is perfect and Your judgements true
As we run to resurrender
You will restore what we return to You
You are restoring as we yield anew”
(Scripture Support Psalm 23, Romans 12:1, Psalm 19:7, Psalm 34:18, 1 John 1:9)
There are many lines in the lyrics above but my favorite are the last two lines. The lyrics remind me that even in the painful experiences and the brokenness that the Body of Christ goes through, that God is faithful to restore and renew as we yield to Him.
We see this play out in 2nd Corinthians. The apostle Paul commends the church for their repentance.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.” -2 Cor. 7:10-1
As we begin to sing this song in church, I want to invite you to examine your life.
Are there things that you need to repent of?
Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
Is there anything hindering your part in the body of Christ?
If so, don’t be afraid to bring your heart to Him. Come and resurrender. Know that He is good to forgive and to restore. (1 Peter 5:10-11)
-KSC Worship Staff
*Song written by Brooke Ligertwood & Chris Davenport