Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we're made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit come invade us now
We are Your Church
We need Your power
In us
 
We seek Your kingdom first
We hunger and we thirst
Refuse to waste our lives
For You're our joy and prize
To see the captive hearts released
The hurt; the sick; the poor at peace
We lay down our lives for Heaven's cause
We are Your church
We pray revive
This earth
 
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We pray
 
Unleash Your kingdom's power
Reaching the near and far
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts
You made us for much more than this
Awake the kingdom seed in us
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ
We are Your church
We are the hope
On earth

TID-bits

Rend Collective Experiment is a core group of five individuals from Ireland, who also invite others to come play with them.   They want their music to be “Organic worship,” an honest and natural connection with God, something which is authentic and not artificial. They want to create an environment for people to have genuine encounters with Him and to find themselves singing to Him in ways that they find real.”

They call it “Homemade Worship by Handmade People”

With that bit of history, you can always tie in anything that speaks of individuality into this song.   Here is a basic thought tied around that concept:

  • Each one of us is handmade by God.
  • We are all divine craftsmanship.
  • We are beautiful, fragile creations that are made stronger with the inclusion of Christ in our lives.
  • And when you have a collection of these beautiful objects together, you have a Church.
  • This song is asking God to restore His power and His beauty into our lives to make the church a place that all will want to experience.

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  • I was at the fair once, and I saw a family who had one 11 stuffed animals at the carnival booths.
  • And some of these things were HUGE!
  • Everybody was stopping and asking about them.   How they won, etc.
  • The point is that “winning a prize gets you noticed” - There’s a line in the middle of the second verse of this (that) song that says “Refuse to waste our lives.   For You're our joy and prize.”
  • Do you ever realize that Jesus is a prize?   One that everyone can win?   One that gives you joy that gets you noticed?

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  • I was at a wedding recently where the groom faced toward the minister until the bride got all the way up to the stage.
  • It was only then that he got to turn around and see her for the first time.
  • Have you ever had to wait in anticipation for something that turned out to be awesome?
  • That’s what you’ll hear if you really listen to the first verse of this song...

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  • Think about the word... “Building”
  • When it comes to the Church, most of us equate it to a structure on a street corner.
  • Instead try thinking of a church as something that is being built in the hearts of millions of people around the globe.
  • The church is the people, not the building.   Is it being built in your heart everyday?
  • Here are ways you can tell:   Are you becoming more caring toward people?   Meeting their needs?   Praying for them?   Are you building up more and more compassion in your life?   Putting others first?

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  • Legos are meant for building
  • However, If you’ve ever stepped on one in the middle of the night, you know that there is pain involved.
  • That’s a key concept in life.   Building doesn’t happen without some pain.
  • This song recognizes that.   It talks about building, but it also acknowledges the painful stuff when it asks that “The hurt; the sick; (and) the poor (will be) at peace
  • It asks that “We lay down our lives for Heaven's cause”
  • There will be some pain in that.   But it’s worth it for the great kingdom that you get to build with God.
  • It’ll be prettier than any Lego castle.

    Scripture References

    Colossians 1:17-20

    He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.   And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.   For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

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    Colossians 3:14-16

    And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.   Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.   Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

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    1 Peter 2:9-10

    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.   Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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    Ephesians 1:18-23
    I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,   far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.   And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about a time when you had to come together with someone you weren’t crazy about to fulfill a common goal.   This song is about a bunch of individuals asking God to help them be the church - to help change the world.

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    Talk about the time you had to put together a toy - or remember a time that your Mom or Dad put one together for you.   Were there some moments of frustration?   Talk about how directions aren’t always easy to follow, and even though it may get frustrating at times it is ultimately worth it once it’s all built.   That’s the way it is with today’s Church.   We’re still in the frustrating building time.   However, the end result will be awesome!

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    Talk about someone you know who builds things for a living.   For instance, I have a friend who builds flutes, and another who makes jewelry.   Their first models weren’t that great, but they keep perfecting their craft over time.   Compare that to this song.   God’s kingdom is being built in us, and He’s constantly tweaking each one of us to make the whole creation more beautiful.

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  2. KSBJ says:

    I love this song! I saw Rend Collective live last year and they were amazing! Their worship is contagious. As i read through this today, I thought of two more tid-bits:

    * One of the most famous sayings of Jesus is “The Sermon on the Mount” (See Matthew chapters 5-7) Listen to this song & join us in saying “We seek your kingdom first, we hunger and we thirst…” and remember the verse that says that when we seek God’s kingdom 1st, all these things will be added unto you!

    * Little girls love fairytales (the castle in the Kingdom where the prince and his princess “live happily ever after”.) In that fairytale kingdom, “the dreams that you wish will come true.” In God’s kingdom, we find much more than that! Like this song says, we find our joy & our prize (Jesus!) Captive hearts are released. The hurt, sick & poor find peace. We’re made for more than this! Let’s join our Rend Collective friends and ask God to Build His Kingdom here! Can’t ask for a better “Happy Ending”!

    -Coppelia (KSBJ Afternoon Show host)

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