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Amazing Grace

Joseph Morrow - January 30, 2017

Amazing Grace, gospel, praise, salvation, sin, sinner, song, worship
Sunday's Songs
10,000 Reasons
Glorious Christ
Amazing Grace
The Unbelievable
Jesus, Thank You

By the rich mercy of Jesus Christ, John Newton--who once captained slave ships in Africa--was redeemed to preach the faith he long labored to destroy.

At the young age of 11, Newton followed his father's footsteps as a seaman. Stumbling through years of sin & rebellion found him captaining his own slave ship.

On March 10, 1748 the Holy Spirit besieged Newton's vessel in a treacherous storm. He was fearfully driven into The Imitations of Christ, by Thomas Kempis. Therein he was marooned upon the Word of God and the redeeming grace of his Savior.

In time & mercy, the Lord gave Newton a strong voice for the Gospel & against slavery. With so much to say he penned the words to Amazing Grace, and hundreds of other hymns.

Great Sinner, Greater Savior

Shortly before his death, Newton said, My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: I am a great sinner but Christ is a great Savior!

I wonder how many stories of God's grace & redemption exist among our South Church family. If any are His, they once were lost, but now [are] found. By God's Amazing Grace we've every reason to lift our voice in song to Christ: our hope, redeemer & friend.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. -John 1.16

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see.

Looking forward to proclaiming God's Amazing Grace with you Sunday,

Joseph Morrow