There is no Gospel without the Cross.

Without the forgiveness of sins, there is no salvation.

These were some of the thoughts in my head and my heart as I put together the set-list for this last weekend at Compass Bible Church.

Recent Chapter 1 Partners Meetings fed these thoughts. Not only does this chapter explain what the clear fruits of justification will look like, it reminds us what justification is all about: sinful people being forgiven and made right before a holy God because of the work of Jesus Christ.

There are not truths to be remembered on occasion – they must be celebrated and sung about regularly. While I would hope that hardly a weekend at CBC goes by without singing about our great salvation, this last weekend we chose to focus specifically on the cross and the sacrifice Christ made for his people there.

This was our set-list:

The Glories of Calvary – F
The Father’s Love – G
Jesus, Thank You – G
The Wonderful Cross – D-E
The One We Have Pierced -E
Our God – G


As Pastor Mike spoke about prayer and participation in the fourth installment of our recent “Compass Non-Negotiables” series, he reminded us of these words from the great missionary William Carey:

“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

This quote and that sermon set up for some great songs in our worship set this last weekend. We introduces a new song called “God is Able” – a great anthem of confidence and expectation. While the song is biblical and beautiful, it does beg a question: What is God able to do? We wanted to tie this answer specifically to the mission of the church, so we opened with “Let Your Kingdom Come.” At CBC, we want to obey Christ’s command to seek his kingdom first, and we must believe that God is able to accomplish the purposes of his kingdom. We closed our set (and this sermon series) out with the song, “O Church Arise.” This beautiful modern hymn sounds forth a strong call for highly committed participants!

Here is the complete set-list from this weekend:

Let Your Kingdom Come” by Bob Kauflin (Enfield Arrangement – G)
God is Able” by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan (Hillsong Live Arrangement – B)
Hosanna (Praise is Rising)” by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown
Your Name” by Paul Baloche and Glenn Packiam (Wickham Arrangement – G)
O Church Arise” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend (We used this arrangement/key)

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
-Ephesians 3:20-21