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Lyrics to “In Christ Alone”

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

The Making of the Song, “In Christ Alone”

Stuart Townend, an English Christian worship leader and writer of contemporary worship
music, and Keith Getty, a Northern Irish composer, met through a common friend one autumn
day in 2000 at a worship conference. Having impressed by Townend’s “How Deep The Father’s
Love For Us”, Getty had wanted him to listen to some musical ideas he came up with. He
decided to hand over three song ideas put in a CD.
By this time, Townend has already been successful producing albums for worship leaders based
in Britain, such as John Pantry, Keith Routledge, Vinesong, to name a few. On the other hand,
Getty with a classical background, has had his share of success with orchestrating for TV
commercials like McDonald’s, as well as soundtrack recordings for movies like the Lord of The
Rings trilogy. Getty has also worked with his wife, Kristyn Getty, reinventing traditional hymn to
modern ones that the modern world can much better relate to.
Townend didn’t expect much upon receiving the CD; but when he finally listened to the first
song which was recorded using a piano, he immediately got mesmerized. There was a certain
depth to the melody that made him look deep inside. He described the song as “enduring” and
so he decided that it deserves lyrics with a timeless theme. He naturally came up with the
theme of the life, death and resurrection of Christ and the effect it has on us. This began
Townend’s very first collaboration with Getty (as well as his very first collaboration with any
artist), and the birth of the highly popular modern Christian song, “In Christ Alone”.
In an interview, Townend elaborates the message of the song, “The first verse kinda sets the
scene of who we are in Christ. Then it goes into the whole subject of what Christ has done. Then
the final verse really is saying, ‘I need have no fear in life, no fear in death. That the destiny of
my life is held by God.’”
The song was completed in 2001 and first appeared on the album New Irish Hymns performed
by Maire Brennan, Margaret Becker and Joanne Hogg. The following year, Townend included
the song in his album, “Lord of Every Heart”.
A lot of other artists recorded their own versions of the song and included them in their albums
on the years that followed. Most recently, Adam Young of Owl City recorded the song as “In
Christ Alone (I Stand).” In 2012, the late Christina Grimmie recorded her own version which was
later uploaded on Youtube.
Finally, in 2013, Kristian Stanfill recorded a live version which was
included in the album “Passion: Let The Future Begin”. Listen to his adaptation below.