Worship Anthems Inspired By A.D. The Bible Continues [Review]
In 2013, the mini-series, The Bible stormed onto the airwaves via the History Channel. Since its airing it has accumulated over 100 million views. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow up, A.D. The Bible Continues, will air on NBC this spring and summer, starting Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. To enhance the television series, Integrity Music, in association with WILDFIRE7, will release Worship Anthems.
Worship Anthems is a very accurate title for this compilation album. There are many familiar church anthems on this collection, such as, "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” “Overcome,” and “Build Your Kingdom Here” to name a few. I’ve only read a little bit about A.D. The Bible Continues, so I have only a basic understanding on the content of the series; however, based upon listening to this compilation, I suspect there is a specific direction for the mini-series.
The songs on this album take the listener in a very distinct direction, with the destination being Jesus Christ. In the song, “Your Name," the chorus lyrics are, “Your name, let the nations sing it louder. ‘Cause nothing has the power to save but Your name.” The story of this album appears to center on Jesus Christ being our Savior, and taking that truth and message to the world. The destination is redemption, and the path is salvation by grace as we put our faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
While there are several exciting songs on this album, the one which impacted me a great deal is “Great I Am” featuring Danny Gokey and Sharon Wilbur. The song crescendos to the following lyric, “The mountains shake before Him. The demons run and flee at the mention of the king of Majesty. There is no power in hell or any who stand before the power and presence of the Great I Am.” The cadence and power of this chorus is an anthem to be sung in all congregations. This track encourages us to be close to our Savior, reminds us that Satan does not have any power over Christ or His followers, and proclaims the truth that Jesus Christ is the Great I am. This is a great song of praise!
Another track which speaks to me is Natalie Grant’s, “Your Great Name.” Despite this song not being new, it had been awhile since I’ve listened to it, so hearing it during my listening of this album brought back to my memory the power and strength of this song. Not to mention, Natalie Grant’s voice backed up by a very good arrangement and instrumentation breathe life into the song. It’s majestic in its delivery. It’s eloquent it its content, and simplistic with its language. This song takes a truth that is rather abstract and delivers it with clarity.
If the mini-series The Bible is an indicator, then A.D. The Bible Continues will be just as powerful, and the compilation album, Worship Anthems, will enhance the delivery of the message and truth. We have something to look forward to this spring and summer.
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