When North Side started the “5 Things That Will Kill This Church” series, I wanted a worship song for a church to sing together. Most worship songs are written to sing together, but I really wanted it to be something you sang acknowledging those singing around you.
To write it, I went to the descriptions of the early church in Acts 2 and 4:
Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Acts 4:32 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales
Here are some of the lines of the song to see how very un-creative I was for this song (but you don’t need to be clever when you got the Word, somebody preach!):
Eric Bryant and Richenda Brown took this song to a whole nother place with their wonderful take on it. It will be available in a few days! Here is a snippet to listen to: