Song and Sword Exists to Proclaim Jesus with a
“Song of Grace and the Sword of Truth.”
Our name originated from Psalm 149:6 where it says of the Lord’s people,
“Let the high praises of God be in their throats and two-edged swords in their hands.”
This dual reality of Christ followers reflects the God we serve.
Our ancient brothers sang, “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 145:8 – song of grace).
He is a God of Mercy.
At the same time He wields ultimate justice and truth with his word being the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
He is a God of Truth.
We pray that the Spirit will create in us a fellowship, that like our Lord was “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
We believe in the Trinity-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as revealed in scripture. One God. Three distinct persons.
We believe that Jesus, fully God and fully human, was sent into the world to save us from our sins. We follow him as Christ and Lord and the only way to God the Father.
We believe in the bodily death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
We believe that God the Holy Spirit dwells in, gifts, and empowers all Christ followers.
We believe that the church is the body, bride, and building of Jesus. The worldwide church, and therefore every Christ-following congregation of believers is the expression of Jesus in the world today.
We believe that the Bible is God’s written word. Since all of it testifies to the Living Word Jesus and is inspired by the Holy Spirit, we define sin and righteousness by the Scriptures alone.
We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not by any works we can do on our own. As such we maintain a loving and inviting posture towards
We believe in the resurrection of our earthly bodies and that Jesus will return for both the living and the dead who have put their trust in him, and that we will spend eternity with him.
We believe that we are on mission to make disciples, teach Jesus, and baptize people from all nations beginning in our respective locations.
We believe that God designed marriage from the beginning for a man and a woman to enjoy an equal, complementary, and loving relationship where two become one.
A Song of Grace - “ The Response of Grace” Hosea 6:1-6
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A Brief Repentance
1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. 5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
UNDERSTAND THE GRACE-FILLED HEART OF GOD
o How deep the Father’s love for us (v. 4, Hosea 11:8&;9)
o His grace binds the wounds of discipline. (v. 1, Revelation 3:19)
PRESS ON TO KNOW THIS LORD OF GRACE
o Let us return (vs. 1)
o Let us know the Lord (v. 3, Philippians 4:13&;14)
BECOME A PEOPLE OF GRACE
o Steadfast love for God (v. 6, Isaiah 1:1-17, Amos 5:21-24, Micah 6:8,
o Place of grace for others (v. 6, Matthew 9:13, Colossians 4:6)
“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
2 Corinthians 9:7