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Our God Comes Chord Charts

We want everyone to have the opportunity to worship with these 14 original songs!

We hope you’re enjoying the new songs from AntiochLIVE’s “Our God Comes.” This album is a celebration of a God who comes near to His people out of His great love and desire for us. It was a blast filling the Ferrell Center with these truths at World Mandate this past weekend!

Please follow the links below to get the chord charts for each song.

1. Come

2. God And King

3. Wonderful Counselor

4. God Who Saves

5. How Much More

6. I Will Raise

7. Response

8. Light Me Up

9. Awaken Us

10. One Hundred Three

11. Return

12. Savior Forever

13. Selah

14. Our God Comes

Whether you’re singing these songs with your church family or it’s just you and your guitar, we pray these songs take you into a greater place of intimacy and a lifestyle of worship to the Almighty God, Our God who comes.

 

God Who Saves

I was on a personal retreat and meant to finish some songs, but had forgotten my journal, so I asked Jesus for a new song.

I was coming out of a season of depression, and the thought that kept coming to my mind from Him during that time was, “I have never gone.” Where are you, Jesus? “I have never gone.” I need you, Jesus. “I have never gone.” I’m desperate for you, Jesus. “I have never gone.” The song stemmed from realizing He was with me always and the hope that brought me.

Fast forward some months and I was standing on stage with James Mark getting ready to help lead worship for an Antioch staff meeting. I looked out over the crowd and tears immediately welled up in my eyes. I commented to James Mark, “These people, these people know what it means to lay down their lives.” I saw people that had counted the cost and said, “Yes, He is worth it.” I was humbled. I had no idea that God Who Saves would be the backdrop to a prayer time for friends who were being oppressed and beaten for the Gospel, but it was, and something was unlocked.

A few days later James Mark presented the idea of dedicating God Who Saves to our friends serving in high-risk nations. I was slightly taken aback; I wasn’t actively (or passively) thinking about martyrdom or missionaries when I wrote this song, but the more I thought about it, it seemed to be appropriate.

As I wrote this song, and anytime I sing this song, this is the picture that comes to my mind:

I am alone in a heap on the floor, surrounded by darkness. I cry out for help, but there is no response. I call out again and again, but I hear nothing. I am about to give up and give in to the darkness pressing in around me, but I call out one more desperate time, “Where are you, Jesus? Save me!” I feel a warm hand on my back. I sense Him beside me. I feel His breath in my ear say, “I have never gone.” He tells me again and again He’s never gone. He holds me and I cling to Him. Something breaks inside of me. I am undone, heaving and sobbing, and I sense Him lifting my head. No matter what is happening around me, I know He is my reality. He is the God who saves. He has come, He has saved me and He is worthy. Slowly from my place on the floor, I stand. I’m a bit unsteady, but I lean against Him and begin to sing His promises, His hand firmly grasping mine.

I don’t know what it’s like to be persecuted and none of my closest friends have been imprisoned for the Gospel. I don’t have any personal ties to anyone who is currently serving in a high-risk nation. But I do know what it’s like to cry out during a desperate situation. This song came out of one of those moments, so it is not entirely surprising that it helped facilitate a time of worship reminiscent of times when friends in our movement were imprisoned. This is not just a song written from a time of desperation, but also from a place of victory. There is a sense of unity as we sing it, unity in our brokenness, unity as we find we have a Savior and unity in His victory, our victory.

In this tribe, I have found family. When I have needed help, others have sung songs of victory for me, even if I myself could not sing. They held my arms up in victory when I did not have the strength to do it myself. I am part of this tribe, so those we’ve sent out are my friends. I have prayed, warred for them in the spirit and have carried them in my heart. On days when they cannot sing words of victory, triumph, and freedom for themselves, we can, we will and we do. We will hold their arms up in victory and a song of praise will rise up. With one voice, we will cry out, “Hallelujah, God who saves!”

By Johanna Six

To hear God Who Saves live, along with the rest of AntiochLIVE’s new worship album, Our God Comes, join us this weekend at World Mandate in Waco, Texas.

I Will Raise

Read the story behind “I Will Raise,” one of the powerful new AntiochLIVE songs, from songwriter Johanna Six.

I was sitting at a food court in Qatar. Qatar is a ridiculously wealthy country in the Middle East where a liter of gasoline is cheaper than a liter of water. An estimated 75 to 80 percent of the population are expats from countries like the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. My dad is a contractor there, so my family went to visit him for the holidays.

My family was ordering food while I held our place at a table. I caught the gaze of a man clearing tables. If this were America, people would be clearing their own tables. I didn’t see any joy in his eyes – no light, no life – just deep sadness and desperation.

This was one of those life-altering moments, where time seems to stop and you become an observer to the world around you. I looked around, and I saw the same despondent expression in most of the people around me. I fought the urge to cry. I asked God, “What is it about this situation that is affecting me so deeply?” In that moment, I realized it was because I was a free woman sitting amongst slaves.

There’s nothing like seeing bondage to make you aware of your own freedom.

I am free because I’m an American and have privileges that many of these people will never experience, but I’m also free from darkness and death. I have an inheritance and am a co-heir with Christ, and my Father is the Creator of the universe. After remembering these things, I was filled thankfulness and wanted to burst out in joyful song.

Instead, I immediately pulled out my phone and began typing, “I will raise my hands to heaven / These wrists once bound now chains are broken / You set us free to be your children / Now we will be with You forever.” I wrote the words “Now we will be,” but each time I sang it, it came out as, “Now we will reign with You forever.”

It felt a little uncomfortable to write that down. I knew the statement was biblical. If I declared that, put it in writing and sang it, it would imply that I accepted my status as an adopted child of the King. That truth about God is sometimes hard for me to accept. It seems too good to be true. But God isn’t too good to be true – He’s just good.

I’ve made it a habit to declare truths that I have a hard time believing, and they usually come out in song. That’s always been a goal of mine: to declare the truth and character of God in song so that it gets deep inside me. I think all of us as songwriters on the album understand the power of music and seek to embed truth and the word of God in our songs, especially for what it seems God is doing right now in our movement.

This year, the constant theme “Our God Comes” runs through our entire album. We have several songs by different songwriters that say that in different ways. No matter how we say or sing it, the truth doesn’t get old.

By Johanna Six

Interview with the Gulley Brothers

One week from today, the new album from AntiochLIVE, Our God Comes, will be released at World Mandate and on iTunes. We sat down with the brains behind the AntiochLIVE machine, brothers James Mark and Stephen Gulley. (Stephen virtually joined us from San Diego!)

Do you guys have a favorite song from the album?

JMG: Wow, that’s like trying to pick a favorite child. Light me Up is a really fun song to sing. It is the heart of World Mandate. And I think I Will Raise just blows up every time.

SG: Yea, it feels like picking a favorite kid for me too! God and King – I think that with where we are in the songwriting journey, it feels more and more like we can write the songs and sounds that God is writing for this movement. More and more I just want God to get the glory, and that’s the point of these songs. There has just been something lit up in my heart about spreading God’s glory across the earth. And it’s really cool to have One Hundred Three come back in a fresh way 10 years later.

What are you guys listening to right now?

SG: I’m listening a lot to Passion, Let the Future Begin, and specifically the song, Whom Shall I Fear.

JMG: I’ve been listening to the new Hillsong Live album, Glorious Ruins. Stephen and I were able to travel to Hillsong Sydney in 2011. Now it’s like every time they release an album I feel like, “Great job you guys!” I learn from them, and they really just lead us all.

What is the worst song you’ve written, a song you maybe wish you never wrote?

JMG: That’s like asking me who my worst child is… just kidding.

SG: There’s not one that’s been recorded that I hate because we live in community, and we often have people say, “Uhhhh, I don’t know if that one’s going to work.”

JMG: For me it’s probably when I wrote so many songs between the ages of 15 and 18 that nobody ever heard. The things that I feel worst about are things I now know as an experienced songwriter that you never do, but that’s what I did, and people liked the songs then.

Do you guys have any pre-songwriting rituals? Or anything where you feel, “When I’m songwriting, it has to be like this…?”

Both laugh.

SG: I instagramed a picture one time captioned “songwriting essentials.”  It was us two at a coffee shop, with our warm drinks, only James Mark has his guitar, and we both have Evernote open and some apple device we’re using. Maybe the warm drink is the ritual, but it’s pretty much like that every time.

JMG: Yea it’s pretty much like that. Our ritual really is to connect before we write because that’s who we are as people. We’re both too relational. And maybe it would be better if only one of us was like that so we could get stuff done more quickly, but we’re both like that. We care really deeply about what is going on in each other’s life.

Tell us more about the new album.

JMG: The songs are all a declaration of who God is. We live in a place of greater faith, knowing what God wants to do, so we don’t have to say, “God, will you please come and do this.” Our God Comes declares we know He will not keep silent and that we will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. Not just positive thinking but statements of faith. This is just who He is.

SG: We are calling out, “Our God, come,” not because we are a dry people who didn’t receive, but because we are a people that know He is faithful, that He will always come. Whether to a service or into the life of a family member who is in a broken place or to that friend who has never known the love they have always wanted, our God comes.

As worship leaders, what is World Mandate like for you?

JMG: It’s cool because we get to sing the values of who we are and who God has called us to be. Our desire is to live World Mandate. You know, you can go to World Mandate West or World Mandate East, but the message is always that Jesus has come to set us free, we’ve got to tell the person next door and we’ve got to go the other side of the world. Jimmy sometimes says, “On some level I don’t like Christmas because people only celebrate that Jesus came to save the world for one day. And that should be everyday life – it’s just life to the full!”

This incredible album will be released next Friday, September 20th, at World Mandate and on iTunes. If you haven’t purchased your ticket to World Mandate, it’s not too late! Head on over to worldmandate.com to purchase your ticket now!

Our God Comes

Who doesn’t love free stuff? And who doesn’t love AntiochLIVE?!

Hey friends!

We’ve got some exciting news for you. This year at World Mandate, we’ll be releasing AntiochLIVE’s new live worship album, Our God Comes! We’ll be singing several songs from the album at the conference — and we hope you love them!

We’re so excited about the new album, we wanted to share one of our favorite songs for a FREE song download RIGHT NOW! For the next 24 hours, you can go to http://antio.ch/come to download the song. It must be downloaded to a computer!

The full album will be available on iTunes and at the World Mandate bookstore starting Friday, September 20th.

our god comes, antioch live, world mandate, jimmy seibert, james mark gulley

Feel free to share this post with your friends, post the link on Facebook or tweet about the free download. This album is about worshiping and connecting with our God who comes near to us. The more people we can share that with, the better!

Happy listening!
The World Mandate Team

PS – If you haven’t registered for World Mandate, what are you waiting for? Register today!

Our God Comes

It was only seven days into my senior year at Baylor, and everything was going wrong. Coming out of a difficult summer, I expected everything in my life was about to turn around – that every dream would come true and every prayer would be answered.

It wasn’t just wishful thinking either. I heard clearly from God that things in my life were about to bloom.

But they didn’t. My classes, my ministry, my Lifegroup, my work, my relationships, my music – nothing was blossoming how I expected it would. I sat down on the floor of my room, feeling like God had cheated me. In my disappointment, I opened my Bible to Psalm 50.

It’s an amazing chapter. The beginning describes how powerful, fearsome and huge our God is. Suddenly, God Himself enters the scene and He gathers together everyone who has remained faithful to Him in the midst of suffering.

And then, God tells them this:

“I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills…[Instead], offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” (Psalm 50:9-10, 14-15)

In that moment, I realized thankfulness is sometimes a sacrifice. I realized true worship is not just a natural response to good circumstances, but also a prophetic and sacrificial declaration in the midst of bad circumstances.

God didn’t want me to react to my disappointment with unbelief, as if God’s very nature had somehow changed and I was His first victim. He wanted me to worship Him despite the disappointment, trusting in His goodness whether I saw it or not.

I resolved then to declare God’s goodness no matter my circumstance. That night, alone on the floor of my room, I wrote a song straight out of Psalm 50. It’s a song declaring belief in God’s character. It’s a song proclaiming the truth that God is over all, and He will come through for His people. It’s a song asserting God will have the final word in His people’s lives.

Later that night, I sat on my porch swing and played the beginnings of what would eventually become “Our God Comes” for my friend Brandon Seibert. When I told him the song didn’t have a bridge yet, he got an excited look in his eye. “I think I have something. Just keep playing those chords.”

What Brandon sang in that moment was a scripture both of us relied on heavily that year: Psalm 27:13. It declares, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Brandon’s bridge expressed exactly what I had been feeling, and in a moment the song was more or less complete.

We were both amazed at how quickly the song came together. But we believed God had given it to us as an anthem we could sing in our pain, while believing God is faithful and will come through for us in the end.

It’s crazy to me how a song that began so personally – with me alone on the floor of my room – is now being sung by hundreds of people who each have their own experiences of testing and trial. I didn’t set out to write a song for our movement. But God chose to take the work He did in me on the floor of my room and multiply it out to become an anthem our church can rally around.

 By Thomas Wilson

Follow Thomas on Twitter at @ThomasJWilson

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You can hear Thomas play “Our God Comes” this Friday, April 5th at Antioch LIVE. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins promptly at 7 p.m. For more details, go here.