This week’s edition of storytellers focuses on the song “You Must Increase” from our “Knowing Jesus”project. This song was written focusing on the period of the consecration of the Christ. This song was to highlight his relationship with John the Baptist and the entire religious scene at the time.
As Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist knew plenty concerning the Christ. His entire life was purposed to point people away from himself and towards Jesus.
His famous words in John 3:30 served as the crux for this song: “He must increase, I must decrease.”
Musically, we led the melody and chord structure follow the text. We go up on “increase,” we go down on “decrease.” The music allows for some fun escalating musical and vocal harmonies. It had its beginning while we all sat around my living room floor and just started singing from John 3 and recorded some ideas on my phone.
I then later took all the passages concerning John the Baptist and used them as verses. His example is one to follow. If we point people to ourselves, they will be disappointed, but they will never regret us pointing them to Jesus.
Get chord charts for entire album here.
Listen to a snippet below or get your copy on iTunes.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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