Text/Music: Stuart Townsend and Keith Getty
Scripture References: Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 18:1-10; 27:57-66; Luke 6:46-49; 23:10-11; John 8:12; 10:14; 14:1-6; 16:7-11; 19:28-30; Romans 5:5-11; 8:1, 37-39; 1 Corinthians 3:9-11; 15:12-23, 54-58; Galatians 3:13-14; 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:17- 23; 2:20; Philippians 1:6, 27; 4:12; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 10:1-10; 13:20; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:1-7; 1 John 2:1-2
Liturgical Uses/Seasons: Assurance, Baptism, Closing Song, Confession of Faith, Easter, Lent
Themes: Grace, Love of God, Resurrection, Salvation, Victory
The song, “In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found” was written by two prolific hymn writers Keith Getty (an Irishman) and Stuart Townend (an English man) This was the first collaborative effort between the duo. It has since been the favorite in so many churches and congregations. In Africa and Nigeria in particular, it has become a household and Congregational Song of the age.
It is their most popular song, which has appeared in thirteen hymnals already according to Hymnary.org and it has been ranked as the number one song in the UK CCLI listing by 2006 and remains in the top 25 hymns (No. 19 as of August 12, 2019 in the USA CCLI rankings).
For more information check: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/history-of-hymns-in-christ-alone-my-hope-is-found
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! – who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
Contributed by Gracious Okoronkwo.