Grace Alone

Note: This is a perpetual work in progress.  You may find some biblical references I might have missed, so please point them out in the comments or tweet or email

And of course… Congrats to newly-ordained PASTOR Dustin Kensrue and family!  Also, looking forward to the upcoming release of Pastor Dustin’s worship album to be released sometime in October…

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“Grace Alone”
Words & Music by Pastor Dustin Kensrue

Verse 1
I was an orphan (Lam. 5:3) lost at the fall (Gen. 3)
Running away when I’d hear You call (cf. Jonah 1)
But Father, You worked Your will (Rom 8:28)
I had no righteousness of my own (Rom. 3:10)
I had no right to draw near Your throne (Heb. 4:16)
But Father, You loved me still (Rom. 5:8)

Chorus 1
And in love before You laid the world’s foundation (Eph. 1)
You predestined to adopt me as Your own
You have raised me up so high above my station
I’m a child of God (I John 3:1) by grace and grace alone (Eph. 2:8-9)

Verse 2
You left Your home to seek out the lost (Phil. 2:5-11)
You knew the great and terrible cost
But Jesus, Your face was set (Heb. 12:2)
I worked my fingers down to the bone
Nothing I did could ever atone
But Jesus, You paid my debt

Chorus 2
By Your blood I have redemption and salvation
Lord, You died that I might reap what You have sown (Gal. 6:9)
And You rose that I might be a new creation (II Cor. 5:17)
I am born again (John 3:7) by grace and grace alone

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I was in darkness all of my life (Ephesians 5:8)
I never knew the day from the night
But Spirit, You made me see (Ephesians 1:17-18)
I swore I knew the way on my own
Head full of rocks, a heart made of stone (Ezekiel 36:26)
But Spirit, You moved in me

Chorus 3
At Your touch my sleeping spirit was awakened
On my darkened heart, the light of Christ has shone (II Cor. 4:6)
Called into a Kingdom that cannot be shaken
Heaven’s citizen (Phil. 1:27, 3:20) by grace and grace alone

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So I stand in faith (I Cor. 16:13) by grace and grace alone
I will run the race (I Cor. 9:27; Heb. 12:1) by grace and grace alone
I will slay my sin (Rom. 8:13) by grace and grace alone
I will reach the end (Phil. 3:14) by grace and grace alone

Alleluia! Christ Is Risen!

“Alleluia!  Christ is risen!” 

Happy Easter!  This is a typical salutation we give one another at church each Resurrection (Easter) Sunday.  Today, we celebrate that Jesus Christ is alive.  Just as He promised, He arose triumphantly from the dead.  In the process, He left an empty tomb and bestowed a fulfilled life to anyone who believes in Him alone for salvation.  If this doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what else will!

A song by Dustin Kensrue‘s worship band, The Modern Post, comes to mind – the title track to their EP Grace Alone.  One of the stanzas is as follows:

By Your blood, I have redemption and salvation.
Lord, You died that I might reap what You have sown.
And You rose that I might be a new creation;
I am born again by grace and grace alone!

There is a wealth of Scriptural treasure in just this stanza alone!  I wish to put our focus on the third line which says, “And You rose that I might be a new creation”.  This brings to mind two well-known biblical passages: Matthew 28:1-7 and II Corinthians 5:17.

  1. Matthew 28:1-7 is the account of the first Easter Sunday, wherein the angel of the Lord rolled the tombstone away and later declared that Jesus rose up from the grave – just like He said He would!  This momentous event was a fulfillment of prophecy and changed world history forever!
  2. II Corinthians 5:17 is the simple declaration that, because of Jesus’ resurrection, anyone who believes in Him is saved and is now “in Christ” – forever!  And being in Christ means God has made you a “new creation”.  Once a sinner, now a saint; once a mocker, now a worshiper; once dead to sin, now alive in Christ Jesus our Lord!

What a blessing this song has been for me personally!  When I need to be reminded of the fundamental truths of the Christian faith, I turn to this song much of the time.  Let’s challenge ourselves and fellow believers to daily celebrate Christ’s resurrection – the day death died, and the event that gave us salvation and our lives true meaning!

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If you loved The Modern Post’s full-band version of “Grace Alone”, you will surely love Dustin’s solo unplugged version below (courtesy of Mars Hill Church)