Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
 
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
 
My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing grace
 
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
 
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow
The sun forbear to shine
But God, Who called me here below
Will be forever mine
Will be forever mine
You are forever mine
 
(Additional traditional verses)
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
 
When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise,
Than when we first begun

TID-bits

  • This song was written by John Newton, a man who, before he knew Christ, made his living in the slave trade; and William Cowper, a man who failed in his law career and was given to bouts of insanity and thoughts of suicide.
  • These two men’s lives can definitely be categorized as “wretches” like it says in the first verse.
  • And yet, they created a song that lives well beyond them, a song that unifies and encourages all who hear it.
  • Imagine what God could do with your life if you submit to His amazing grace.

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  • The power in this song comes from the realization that God transforms your life because of His grace.
  • But it’s even more powerful when we use it to extend grace to others.
  • Say you have a situation at work where it seems like you’ve been misunderstood, or you’ve felt under appreciated, or you’ve followed all the rules and it still seems like you’re wrong.
  • Showing God's grace to the ones who’ve wronged you will amaze them.  And it will give you both another glimpse into just how powerful His grace is.

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(FOR THE TOMLIN VERSION)

  • Do you need reminding once again that he ransomed you?  Think about that.  You were kidnapped.  Held captive by a very bad dude named “sin.”
  • Then God came along and actually paid for you.  A very high price.  In fact, someone had to die to release you.
  • So why are you going around today thinking you’re not worth much?

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  • I have to pay to get my kid in to see a football game, or in to see a movie, or in to participate in karate lessons, or in to play paintball.  I have to pay to get them in to do anything.
  • God has done the same for you.  He has paid to get you in to heaven.  And on the admission ticket it says:  “Grace.”
  • Maybe the next time you get a ticket like that, you can hold on to it.  Put it in your purse or your wallet, and each time you see it, remember how precious you are to Him that He paid to get you in.

    Scripture References

    The third line of this song goes along well with the prodigal son story in Luke 11.  Specifically verse 24:

    For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

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    The fourth line of this song goes along well with Jesus healing the blind man in John 9.  Specificially verses 20 and 21: 

    His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.  But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.”

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    2 Corinthians 12:9

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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    Romans 3:23-24

    for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

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    Ephesians 2:8-9

    For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about the hour you first believed.  Then encourage someone how they can always go back to that grace.

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    Talk about a time when His Word secured hope for you.

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    Was there a time in life that you’d describe yourself as blind to spiritual truth?  Maybe you can talk about someone you know like that.  Then pray for all the listener’s loved ones who need to see grace.

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