Holding Fast To The Head (11-07-21)


Second Chance

By: Gilkeson Gareth Andrew, Llewellyn Christopher Dean, Herron William

My future hangs on this:
You make preciousness from dust,
Please don’t stop creating me.
Your blood offers the chance
To rewind to innocence;
Reborn, perfect as a child.

Oh, Your cross, it changes everything,
There my world begins again with You.
Oh, Your cross, it’s where my hope restarts,
A second chance is Heaven’s heart.

When sin and ugliness
Collide with redemption’s kiss,
Beauty awakens by romance.
Always, inside this mess,
I have found forgiveness,
Mercy, as infinite as You.

Countless second chances
We’ve been given at the cross.

Fragments of brokenness
Salvaged by the art of grace,
You craft life from our mistakes.
Black skies of my regrets
Outshone by this kindness,
New life dawns over my soul.

It Is Well

Words: Horatio Spafford; Music: Philip Bliss

When peace like a river
Attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

It is well, (it is well,)
With my soul, (with my soul,)
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet,
Though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded
My helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh the bliss
Of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross,
And I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ,
Be it Christ hence to live;
If dark hours about me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine,
For in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day
When my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound,
And the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Loved With Everlasting Love

Words: George Wade Robinson; Music: James Mountain

Loved with everlasting love,
Led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above,
Thou hast taught me it is so.
Oh, this full and perfect peace!
Oh, this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease,
I am His, and He is mine.

Heav’n above is softer blue,
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen:
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow,
Flow’rs with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know,
I am His, and He is mine.

Things that once were wild alarms
Cannot now disturb my rest;
Closed in everlasting arms,
Pillowed on the loving breast.
Oh, to lie forever here,
Doubt and care and self resign,
While He whispers in my ear,
I am His, and He is mine.

His forever, only His:
Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss
Christ can fill the loving heart.
Heav’n and earth may fade and flee,
Firstborn light in gloom decline;
But, while God and I shall be,
I am His, and He is mine.


“Holding Fast To The Head”

Message given by Julian Taylor on November 7, 2021

Ephesians 1:22-23
22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and made Him head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 4:11-16
11 And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of people, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, that is, Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

Colossians 2:16-19
16 Therefore, no one is to act as your judge in regard to food and drink, or in respect to a festival or a new moon, or a Sabbath day — 17 things which are only a shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Take care that no one keeps defrauding you of your prize by delighting in humility and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding firmly to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.