This past week I had the privilege of leading worship in song for the Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville, Kentucky. What a joy it was to lead over 5000 attendees, mostly pastors, in worshiping our great Redeemer for his matchless work of redemption. They came from a variety of denominations and churches, mostly from the United States, but from as far away as Australia and India. (I have a story about the pastor from India at the end of this post)
A number of people asked me for the song list and lyrics to the songs we sang. Most of the hymns we sang were public domain, but a few were Sovereign Grace Music and songs by Stuart Townend and Keith Getty, two of the most gifted worship song writers of our day. Below is the list of the songs. Clicking on the title will take you to a site where you can hear the melody we used. Clicking on a message title will take you to the T4G site where you can download the message, which I highly recommend you do, whether or not you were at the conference.
In a few days, I’ll add where the music can be found in various hymnals. I’m also planning on writing a post about what I learned from leading worship at T4G.
The Rest of the Story
The first night of the conference, Mark Dever gave a prize to the person who came the farthest to attend T4G. A couple guys from Australia were beat out by a pastor from India. Unfortunately, C.J. informed Mark later that evening that Australia is actually 2000 miles farther from Louisville than India. We had a good laugh at Mark’s expense, who apparently knows his theology better than his geography. But the next morning, the Indian pastor who won the prize came up to me with the prize in his hand. His name is Christopher Hukkeri. He said he wanted to return the prize because by rights it wasn’t his. He said he had a hard time sleeping the previous night because he really hadn’t come the farthest distance. I was deeply moved by his integrity and humility. I told him that he could keep the prize and that we were very grateful and honored that he came to the conference. He then showed me the Bible he was carrying, which was in his native tongue. He was the translator. He had spent fourteen years laboring on it so that his people could hear the good news of the Gospel in their own language. In addition, he told me that he had been fired from his position as a teacher in India because he refused to teach evolution. His story apparently is part of the new film “Expelled.” What a privilege to serve men like Christopher who lay down their lives daily for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.