How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost,
but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.
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John NewtonBorn: July 24, 1725
Died: December 21, 1807
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,was blind, but now I see.
2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.
3. Through many dangers, toils, and snares,I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe this far and grace will lead me home.
4. The Lord has promised good to me,His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.
5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace.
6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,the sun forbear to shine;
but God, who called me here below, will be forever mine.
This verse is not included in the Methodist Hymnal.These first six stanzas appeared with minor spelling variations in both the first edition in 1779 and the 1808 edition, the one nearest to the date of John Newton’s death.
7. When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun,
we’ve got no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.
This is the 6th and last verse in the Methodist Hymnal. “Amazing Grace” Methodist Hymnal Page 378.Authorship of this last stanza by John Newton is of some conjecture.
“Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?”
Acts 8:30-31 NIV
Rule # 1
“It’s not about you.”
“It’s not all about you,
The purpose of your life is far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin from God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”
“I am the vine; you are the branches.
If a man remains in me and I in him,
he will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.”
We are here to serve God; God is not here to serve us.
God is the potter; we are the clay.
We are the branches; Jesus Christ is the Vine.
It’s about serving; not being served.
It’s about loving; not about being loved.
God sends the message; we are just the messengers.
The Great Commission
“Go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything
I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age.”
It is every Christians’ responsibility
to bring the Word to unbelievers.