Hymn of the Month
We are commanded to, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs." (Colossians 3:16). Accordingly, we incorporate hymns into our regular Sunday morning worship at Pacific Hope Church. We firmly believe in equipping God's people with the knowledge of His Word through sound teaching in our classes, Bible studies, and even in our Sunday morning worship. Our worship will always be with the purpose of exalting the Lord to His proper place; it is never man-centered or seeking to create an emotional experience.
September's Hymn of the Month is O Church of Christ, Invincible by Stuart Townend and Matt Boswell (Click here to listen.) These modern hymnwriters are well known to us for their commitment to the authority of God’s word and sound doctrine, as they lead us to worship in spirit and in truth. Says Matt Boswell, "We cannot worship God with our whole hearts if our minds are not also transformed by his Word. There is no right praise without right doctrine. For us to respond to the Word of God, we must know it and immerse our lives in it. We must think rightly about the Word of God."
Of this hymn, Boswell writes:
“Stuart Townend and I wrote this hymn as we sought language to help people remember the unchanging nature of God's covenant through the trials and persecution of the church.
"The hymn begins by grounding us in our identity as the people of God. It recalls the work of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, his grace, and his help in our lives.
"Verse 2 calls us to remember that we stand in the line of the people of God as the children of Abraham. Because of this, we walk by faith in things we have not yet seen and have built our lives on the promises of God. It is from this place that we are able to speak the restorative power of the gospel to the nations.
"With this in view, Verse 3 changes tone and shows that while we are the people of God, it does not mean that we will not experience sorrow, evil, persecution, and the forces of Satan. However, it does offer that while we will not escape these realities, we do have an anchor in them.
"Finally, in Verse 4 we turn our attention to the hope that is ours in the face of death.
"I hope this hymn will help give you language in the trials you face and remind you that you are not alone, that peace can be steadfast in Christ, and that He has overcome the world."
‘I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.’ John 16:33.”
O Church of Christ, Invincible
O Church of Christ, invincible,
The people of the Lord,
Empowered by the Spirit’s breath
And nourished by his word.
His covenant of grace will be
Our portion evermore,
For He who called us will not change,
Our help and our reward.
O chosen people called by grace,
The sons of Abraham,
Who walk by faith and things unseen,
And on His promise stand,
That every nation of the earth
Will hear about this love
That causes broken hearts to heal
And pays our debts with blood.
O Church of Christ in sorrow now,
Where evil lies in wait;
When trials and persecutions come
This light will never fade.
For though the hordes of hell may rage,
Their power will not endure;
Our times are in the Father’s hand,
Our anchor is secure.
O Church of Christ, upon that day
When all are gathered in,
When every tear is wiped away
With every trace of sin;
Where justice, truth and beauty shine,
And death is passed away,
Where God and man will dwell as one
For all eternity.