Monday, March 10, 2008

let us plead for faith alone

Each day of Lent I am publishing one of Charles Wesley's hymns or poems. In my experience, the selection of Charles Wesley's hymns that we actually use in worship is very small. This is sad, because his hymns are filled with deep theological truths and great beauty.

Use these as a part of your Lenten disciplines, and share any thoughts or reactions in the comments.

Lent Day 29

Let Us Plead for Faith Alone
(United Methodist Hymnal #385)

Let us plead for faith alone,
faith which by our works is shown;
God it is who justifies,
only faith the grace applies.

Active faith that lives within,
conquers hell and death and sin,
hallows whom it first made whole,
forms the Savior in the soul.

Let us for this faith contend,
sure salvation is the end;
heaven already is begun,
everlasting life is won.

Only let us persevere
till we see our Lord appear,
never from the Rock remove,
saved by faith which works by love.

1 comment:

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford said...

An entire course on Wesleyan theology could be taught just using these hymns and expounding upon them.

By the way, many prayers and well wishes to you and Lisa as you help the Lindberg's deal with their tragic loss.