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Recorded live at the Bethel Church's annual conference - features a full length DVD from the night
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‘For the Sake of the World’ is this year’s exciting live album featuring 13 new songs from Bethel Church’s annual conference. Stretching the boundaries of worship, the Bethel worship team always strives to capture the mood of the church and the message God has for his people. With deeply imaginative lyrics and soft acoustic sounds, the songs flow together creating a fresh worship experience. The album includes a trademark scripture song, bringing the Lord’s Prayer to life in ‘Our Father’.
The album has been written for everyone, so every song has a function for the church, as congregational worship or ministry songs or midweek encouragement. This year’s live album showcases the church’s best talent, including:
• Brian & Jenn Johnson
• Jeremy Riddle
• William Matthews
• Steffany Frizzell
‘For the Sake of the World’ will delight fans of Bethel Church, draw in new listener and surprise those who have previously written them off. Overall, it’s an astonishing, solid worship album that has captured the crystallising moment of adoration and abandonment.
The DVD showcases the entire worship set of the momentous evening at the Bethel Church Conference 2012. The husband and wife team, Brian and Jenn Johnson, lead the passionate worship team at Bethel Church in California. They have become world renown for creating intense, heart-soaked worship that is both lyrically and musically profound.
For the Sake of the World Live CD/DVD by Bethel Church was published by Kingsway in October 2012 and is our 3423rd best seller. The ISBN for For the Sake of the World Live CD/DVD is 0609788201441.
Brian Johnson: “There’s a million songs in the world and we’re firm believers in doing the great songs and hopefully writing the great songs but there is a culture that’s contagious within the songs and within the worship and within the live moments that people can feel on the live CD’s that’s really what we’re trying to capture.”
Jeremy Riddle: “I think God wants’ to wake his church up to the reality that he wants to visit, that he wants to interact with his people. When we worship, when we gather together as a people it’s not meant to be this one way street were just directing our praise and our adoration to heaven but he actually wants to inhabit that activity.”
Jenn Johnson: “To not know what to expect and to not have a plan or not have something that we just do because it’s what we should do or what were suppose to do but we come expectant. I think it’s fun to come to church and start to lead worship and you just have no idea what’s going to happen when he’s going to show up and how he’s going to show up.”
“When we just worship and when extravagantly give our lives and tell him who he is and tell the nations who he is, he just likes to show up and do insane crazy things.”
Brian Johnson: “I think the main heart behind that song is that, we’ve seen it throughout history when there’s a man or a woman who burns for him, it’s contagious. So the whole heart for that song is for the sake of the world burn like a fire in me, for every knee to bow. It’s basically for everybody to see us burning for him and it become contagious. So it’s a heart crying out but it’s also a declaration.”
“The bookends of the album are superb, and there’s plenty of great tracks in the middle too … we’re happy to recommend their music as being powerful, exciting and well produced.” – Sam Hailes, review for Christian.co.uk
“For The Sake Of The World sounds different to albums past and a little more experimental in how the songs are put together leaning towards a British sound … similar to that of Delirious?, Worship Central and Soul Survivor projects.” – Matt Brooks, review for m-briomusic.com
“This album for me lets the worshipper be washed anew with the love of God by the reflective music that at times keeps a low key but then at other times builds it into a wall of praise. I found myself just lost in worship.” – Jono Davis, review for louderthanthemusic.com
Curious to know more about each song – here’s a taster of what you can expect from the album.
1. TO OUR GOD (vocals: Brian Johnson)
Cracking opener. Slow, steady beat with soft and atmospheric sounds. The song doesn’t rush, but slowly builds into a glorious crescendo of praise. The whole band sings: ‘It is great, Glorious, Glorious / Shout His name, Glorious, Glorious.’
2. OUR FATHER (vocals: Jenn Johnson, based on the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13)
Before anyone jumps to conclusions, don’t think Cliff Richards cheesy version of the Lord’s Prayer he called ‘Millennium Prayer’ back in 2000. Think the soothing tones of Katie Mellor which becomes a powerful chant proclaiming God’s Kingdom here on earth: ‘Yours is the Kingdom / Yours is the Power / Yours is the Glory / Forever Amen.’
“It’s unusual to hear songs that stick so closely to these famous words of Jesus. The recording stands out for all the right reasons.” – Sam Hailes, review for Christian.co.uk
3. EVERYTHING TO YOU (spontaneous song, vocals: Jenn Johnson)
This track is laced with gorgeous strings (violin and cello), luscious acoustic riffs and powerful spontaneous lyrics by Jenn Johnson. The beautiful combination makes the hairs on your forearm stand on end, definitely my favourite track from the album.
4. THIS IS AMAZING GRACE (vocals: Jeremy Riddle)
As the title suggest, this song talks about grace – but in the usual way. It speaks of what grace has done for us, here are some of the lyrics from the chorus: ‘This is amazing grace / This is unfailing love / That you would take my place / That you would bare my cross.’ If there is something worth singing about, it’s God’s grace!
5. YOU HAVE WON ME (vocals: Brian Johnson)
A strong beat drives this song towards a powerful and bright guitar riff, if you have an electric guitarist in your church give him this track to learn. The riff lifts the worship to a higher place. This track was taken from The Loft Sessions, a previous Bethel Church album.
6. I REALLY LOVE YOU (spontaneous song, vocals: Brian & Jenn Johnson)
This song remains you that this is a live recording. This spontaneous song only happened once! Listening to this track feels like a wave of God’s spirit washes over you, it sends you into the centre of a worshipful state.
7. WHO YOU ARE (Jenn Johnson)
Hymn-like structure and sound, this song is both meaningful and majestic.
8. FORGIVEN (vocals: Brian Johnson)
Probably the most worshipful song on the album, and the one most likely to seep into church worship. Simple, slow chorus with a steady beat make ‘Forgiven’ easy to play and easy to learn, while the lyrics : ‘I am Forgiven, at the foot of the cross/ I am Accepted, by the power of your love / Every mistake is washed away, I am Forgiven.’
9. IN YOUR LIGHT (vocals: Jeremy Riddle)
An excellent track which had the crowd clapping on the CD. Upbeat and cheery, ‘In Your Light’ is soaked in joy and energy that is very infectious: ‘You’ve turned my tears and sadness / Into such joy and gladness / My heart can’t keep it in I’m shouting, shouting.’
10. FREDOM (vocals: William Matthews)
A musical break in the middle of ‘Freedom’ kicks in the songs catchy chorus. It takes the album 7 tracks to get to the dancey numbers, but then you get 3 crackers!
11. CLOSER (vocals: Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger)
Descriptive and poetic, this atmospheric song sooths and feeds the soul. It’s the kind of song that invites you to close the curtains, light a scented candle, slip in your slippers and sink into the sofa. Steffeny’s vocals really add a fresh dynamic to the album.
12. THIS IS WHAT YOU DO (vocals: William Matthews)
Another favourite of mine, this song makes your head nod and your foot tap. With some great harmonies and driving drums the song seems to take off with into the heavens and sore to new heights with some catchy lyrics that speak what our hearts say about living our faith: This is what you do, this is what you do / You make me come alive.’
13. FOR THE SAKE OF THE WORLD (vocals: Brian Johnson)
The title track is a slow-burning, atmospheric, 7 minute track which builds and builds into an explosion of worship. You rarely see an album with its most powerful, catchy tune at the very end, but it works wonders for the live worship experience. The final track is last song of the evening, and Bethel Church decided to save their very best till last: ‘For the sake of the world, burn like a fire in me / Light a flame in my soul, for every eye to see.’
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|Author / Artist||Bethel Church|
|Publisher||Kingsway (October 2012)|
|Page last updated||1st December 2018|