Friday, August 28, 2015

The Church's One Foundation

Let's keeps our eyes on Jesus who is the foundation for the church. Despite the trials we face, the gospel will go out and save a people from every tribe, nation, and tongue. Christ will save his bride. He will build his church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Mat 16:18).  I haven't posted a hymn on here in a while. I hope this one will encourage and strengthen you. 

"The Church's One Foundation" 
by Samuel John Stone (1866)
rearranged by Brian Moss (Indelible Grace, 1996)

The church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord, 
She is His new creation by water and the Word. 
From heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride; 
With His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.

Elect from every nation, yet one over all the earth; 
Her charter of salvation, one Lord, one faith, one birth; 
One holy Name she blesses, partakes one holy food, 
And to one hope she presses, with every grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder men see her sore oppressed, 
By schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed, 
Yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up, "How long?" 
And soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

The church shall never perish, her dear Lord to defend 
To guide, sustain and cherish, is with her to the end 
Though there be those that hate her, and false sons in her pale 
Against a foe or traitor, she ever shall prevail

Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war, 
She waits the consummation of peace forevermore; 
'Til, with the vision glorious, her longing eyes are blessed, 
And the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union with God the Three in One, 
And mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won. 
O happy ones and holy! Lord, give us grace that we 
Like them, the meek and lowly, on high may dwell with Thee.

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