We Will Go

By Joel Dipert

We Will Go

Verse 1:
God, You have called us to carry the good news
To every nation and bear witness to the truth
Lord, we will follow wherever You will lead
Yours is the kingdom, power, and glory

To the world, to the far off and the lost,
In Your name and with boldness, we will go
Here and now in this ever fading hour
By Your grace, in Your power, we will go

Verse 2:
God, You have promised the power to prevail
Through every trial, the gospel will not fail
Lord, we will follow wherever You will lead
Yours is the kingdom, power, and glory

Remind us of Your promises
Use us for Your purposes
Fill us with Your power
Lead us in your presence

"Sent: The Power, Promise, and Progress of the Gospel"

This sermon series title (and the book of Acts which it is based out of) was where the song "We Will Go" originated from. This song has really caught on at Harvest Calgary and it is to the praise of God's glorious grace and the power of the gospel that we are singing it together. It has become one of our most sung songs in the past year and probably Pastor Trevor's favourite closing/response song. I believe one of the reasons it has become so dear to our church is because it was written specifically for our church, for this season, and in response to what God is teaching us all as we study the book of Acts. So, I thought it would be good to share with our church body a little about how the song was written.

In early 2015, I learned that the new sermon series in the fall would be on the book of Acts. Pastor Trevor and I talked about looking for new songs to introduce that would go with themes from Acts, but also the possibility of writing new songs as well. I brought this idea to the worship team and we scheduled our first Harvest Calgary songwriting retreat. I asked the team to pray with me for this retreat and to be studying the book of Acts in anticipation. We had the day and a half retreat in July 2015 and 4 people attended. It was hard work, but I believe God really blessed our time, giving us some great song starts, and worship filled fellowship in our time together. But we still did not have a 'theme song' for Acts.

Then in August, Harvest Calgary and Harvest Durham met together in Canmore for a 3-day retreat/planning session. Both of our respective churches were going to be starting an Acts sermon series in the fall, so we decided to pool our efforts and spend time praying and planning together for the upcoming ministry year. Trevor and Ian planned the teaching series for Acts and came up with the series title, Michael and Brian planned small groups and assimilation ministry, and Mark and I planned for worship ministry.  We looked at possible songs to introduce that would be a missional response to our reading of Acts and we didn't have much luck. No songs seemed to say, "The Power, Promise, and Progress of the Gospel". So, naturally, we decided to write one. 

We wanted the song to be a response to what God was telling us in Acts, so we decided the response part would be in the chorus, the most repeated, catchiest part of the song. We asked ourselves, "What is our response to the gospel in Acts? - GO!" We will go, to be more specific. It's a response to Christ's charge in the great commission to "go therefore and make disciples of every nation, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"(Matthew 28:19-20)- We Will Go! It's a response to Jesus' promise, "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8) - We Will Go! It's a response from those who are filled with the spirit to "speak the Word of God with boldness" (Acts 4:31) - We Will Go! Mark and I had originally only had 'In your name and with boldness, we will go' but Ian and Trevor suggested that we also include that we are only able to go 'by His grace' and 'in His power.

The verses then, are a proclamation of the mission we have received from God, to "carry the good news" (Acts 8:12), to every nation. It's a declaration of our faith in the promise of the Holy Spirit to give us "power to prevail" because the gospel will not and CAN not fail. 

The bridge is a petition to God to be faithful to continue the work he began in us (Phil 1:6) and to continue to lead us in His presence as we share the good news with boldness. Of course, He IS faithful, but like the epileptic boy who cried out to Jesus, "I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24), we acknowledge that without God, we cannot believe as we ought to believe. Without His power, without His presence, without His progress, we will surely fail.

We thank God for giving us this new song to sing (Psalm 96:1) and with it we declare with one voice that His is "the Kingdom, the power, and the glory". Please pray for our worship team and our leadership as we continue to write songs for our church full of gospel truth and conviction and for His glory.