In Order That I May Gain Christ (09-12-21)


Be Thou My Vision

Translator: Mary E. Byrne; Versifier: Eleanor H. Hull
Music: Irish Folk

Be Thou my vision,
O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me
Save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought
By day or by night,
Waking or sleeping
Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom and
Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and
Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father,
And I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling,
And I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield,
Sword for my fight,
Be Thou my dignity,
Thou my delight.
Thou my soul’s shelter,
And Thou my high tow’r.
Raise Thou me heav’nward,
O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Be my Everything;
Be my Everything!

Riches I need not,
Nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance,
Now and always;
Thou and Thou only,
First in my heart,
High King of heaven
My Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven,
My victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys,
Bright heav’ns Sun,
Heart of my own heart,
Whatever befall,
Still be my vision,
O Ruler of all.

O Jesus Christ, Grow Thou In Me

Words: Johann Casper Lavater
Music: Ada Rose Gibbs

O Jesus Christ, grow Thou in me,
And all things else recede;
My heart be daily nearer Thee,
From sin be daily freed.

Each day let Thy supporting might
My weakness still embrace;
My darkness vanish in Thy light,
Thy life my death efface.

In Thy bright beams which on me fall,
Fade every evil thought;
That I am nothing, Thou art all,
I would be daily taught.

More of Thy glory let me see,
Thou Holy, Wise, and True;
I would Thy living image be,
In joy and sorrow too.

Fill me with gladness from above,
Hold me by strength divine;
Lord, let the glow of Thy great love
Through all my being shine.

Make this poor self grow less and less,
Be Thou my life and aim;
Oh, make me daily through Thy grace
More meet to bear Thy name.

O The Bitter Shame and Sorrow

Words: Theodore Monod
Music: James Mountain

Oh, the bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I let the Savior’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered,
“All of self, and none of Thee,
All of self, and none of Thee.”

Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on the cursed tree;
Heard Him pray, “Forgive them, Father”
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee,
Some of self, and some of Thee.”

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! so patient,
Brought me lower while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee,
Less of self, and more of Thee.”

Higher than the highest heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered;
Grant me now my heart’s petition:
None of self, and all of Thee,
None of self, and all of Thee.


“In Order That I May Gain Christ”

Message given by Rex Beck on September 12, 2021

Philippians 3:8-14
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The Christ we Receive in Salvation

— The Captain of our Salvation

Hebrews 2:10
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering.

— The Accomplisher of our Redemption and Justification

Colossians 1:14
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Romans 5:9
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

— Present in Time and Present with Us

Matthew 28:20
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

2 Timothy 4:16–17
16 At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17 But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.

Christ who leads us

Acts 5:31
31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

Romans 8:14
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.