As we prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we wanted to share a few of songs that may help you celebrate. 

The first is from the Modern Hymn writers, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and Stuart Townend. In the album liner notes the authors write; 

"When we gather as a church, we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and have passed-on the torch of faith. When we sing, our voices join with the generations as we face the present and the future with renewed strength and resolve to walk by faith."

The second is from David Ward and can be found at www.ThousandTongues.org. It is sung to the tune of "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken" or the Austrian Hymn by Franz Joseph Haydn. It contains five verses - one for each of the five Solas.

The third is from Sovereign Grace Music. Both words and music were written by Bob Kauflin and Chris Anderson. Each of the two verses contain two of the five Solas and the chorus contains the fifth - Glory be to God alone.

We hope you enjoy singing these new songs. Soli Deo Gloria!

By Faith

Verse 1
By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation's grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

Verse 2
By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the pow'r of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God's own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

Chorus
We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul's reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We'll walk by faith and not by sight

Verse 3

By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the pow'r to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

Verse 4
By faith the church was called to go
In the pow'r of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In ev'ry corner of the earth

Verse 5
By faith the mountain shall be moved
And the pow'r of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name

CCLI Song # 5469291
Keith Getty | Kristyn Getty | Stuart Townend
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Getty Music Publishing (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.)
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Glory Be to God Alone

Only Scripture leads and binds us, 
Not traditions, creeds, or man, 
Tells of wrath yet loving-kindness
Joined in God's redemption plan. 
Knowledge, wisdom without measure, 
Comfort and delights unknown, 
Perfect, all-surpassing treasure, 
Found in this, God's Word alone. 

Only grace can save the sinner, 
Not the righteousness of man. 
All our efforts only hinder
From the favor we demand. 
Free and sovereign, in defiance
Of the wrath we should have known, 
Not in merit, nor through penance- 
We are saved by grace alone. 

Only faith in God's provision
Of a perfect substitute
Can repair the grave condition
Of a sinner destitute. 
Christ has come to bear our burdens, 
For transgressions to atone, 
And to make us clean and righteous
By the gift of faith alone. 

Only Christ has paid our ransom, 
He alone can mediate, 
God and man in perfect union, 
Holy blood to expiate. 
Suffered, died, in triumph risen, 
Interceding for his own, 
At his word we are forgiven, 
So we look to Christ alone. 

Only glory to the Father- 
Not to creatures he has made; 
Honor, blessing, strength, and power
Fully in the Son displayed. 
By the Spirit's work we see Him, 
Seated on his mighty throne. 
This our hope and firm foundation - 
Glory be to God alone.

By David L. Ward
© 2015 ThousandTongues.org, admin by Thousand Tongues

Reformation Hymn

Verse 1

We will trust God's Word alone
Where His perfect will is known
Our traditions shift like sand
While His Truth forever stands
We will live by faith alone
Clothed in merit not our own
All we claim is Jesus Christ
And His finished sacrifice

Chorus

Glory be glory be to God alone
Through the church He redeemed and made His own
He has freed us He will keep us
Till we're safely home
Glory be glory be to God alone

Verse 2

We are saved by grace alone
Undeserved yet freely shown
No accomplishment on earth
Can achieve the second birth
We will stand on Christ alone
The unyielding Cornerstone
Nations rage and devils roar
Still He reigns forevermore

CCLI Song # 7085667
Bob Kauflin | Chris Anderson
© Sovereign Grace Praise (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing (Integrity Music [DC Cook]))
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