On December 1, Victory Worship will release the For Your Purpose EP, a five-track mini-album, on iTunes Philippines and Spotify.
The album features the Spotify Viral 50 and iTunes No.1 single, Beautiful Love featuring Joe Ramos, and an acoustic version of the iTunes No.1 single Safe, featuring Juan Winans and Isa Fabregas. The latter is available only via iTunes download, and will not be available on the Spotify release.
Our prayer is for For Your Purpose is that listeners will be inspired to step out in faith to honor God, follow Jesus, and pursue His mission for their lives.
The track list is as follows:
Here With Me (featuring Elle Cabiling)
Unchanging God (featuring Cathy Go)
Golden Streets (featuring Lee Simon Brown and Barbie Almalbis-Honasan)
In addition to free streaming on Spotify for “Beautiful Love,” “Safe,” “Awit ng Bayan,” and “For Your Purpose,” Victory Worship has now released free chord sheets for these 2017 singles on its official website.
In May 2017, Victory Worship released its first Filipino language song, “Awit ng Bayan.” Written by Lee Simon Brown, Charles Bautista, and Joahnna Tubalinal, “Awit ng Bayan” takes inspiration from Psalm 33:12, in which the psalmist declares that the “nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance,” is truly blessed. The song reached No.1 on iTunes Philippines and peaked at No.2 on Spotify Philippines’ Viral 50 chart.
[Free “Awit ng Bayan” Chord Sheet]
[Stream “Awit ng Bayan” on Spotify]
[Buy “Awit ng Bayan” on iTunes PH]
In June 2017, the group released “Safe.” Written by Every Nation Music songwriters Lee Brown, Moira dela Torre, Justin Gray, and Juan Winans, Safe is a song about how we can find refuge and rest in the presence of God. This track also reached No.1 on iTunes Philippines and peaked at No.3 on Spotify Philippines’ Viral 50 chart.
[Free “Safe” Chord Sheet]
[Stream “Safe” on Spotify]
[Buy “Safe” on iTunes PH]
In September, “For Your Purpose” was released on streaming and digital channels. First performed live at Unashamed 2017, “For Your Purpose” was inspired by Jeremiah 1:5, which says, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Written by Victory Worship band leader Lee Brown with Every Nation songwriters Sarah Bulahan, Erika Hosoi-Murrell, and Jose Villanueva III, this Filipino praise song aims to position worshipers’ hearts to living out God’s purposes in their lives, encouraging them to stay secure in their identity in Jesus, reminding them that God knows who we are and loves us most.
Most recently, on October 6, “Beautiful Love,” the group’s third straight digital single, was released on iTunes and Spotify. Featuring lead vocals from Joseph Ramos and written by Victory Worship member Lee Simon Brown with Every Nation Music songwriters Franklin Asuncion, Moira dela Torre, James Murrell, and Kensho Yo, “Beautiful Love” combines the passion of Christ to take on a punishment He did not deserve, so that we may receive salvation that we did not earn. Taking inspiration from 1 John 4:10, which reads, “. . . true love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins . . . ” (ERV), “Beautiful Love” makes the declaration that the kind of love that moved Jesus to take on this ultimate sacrifice, can only be described as beautiful. “Beautiful Love” became Victory Worship’s third No.1 song on iTunes Philippines and first-ever No.1 song on Spotify’s Viral 50 chart.
[Free “Beautiful Love” Chord Sheet]
[Stream “Beautiful Love” on Spotify]
[Buy “Beautiful Love” on iTunes PH]
On October 6, Filipino worship team Victory Worship will release “Beautiful Love,” its third straight digital single for 2017, on iTunes and Spotify. “Beautiful Love,” featuring lead vocals from Joseph Ramos, is the follow-up ballad to its No.1 worship anthem, “Safe.”
Written by Victory Worship member Lee Simon Brown with Every Nation Music songwriters Franklin Asuncion, Moira dela Torre, James Murrell, and Kensho Yo, “Beautiful Love” combines the passion of Christ to take on a punishment He did not deserve, so that we may receive salvation that we did not earn. Taking inspiration from 1 John 4:10, which reads, “. . . true love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent his Son as the way to take away our sins . . . ” (ERV), “Beautiful Love” makes the declaration that the kind of love that moved Jesus to take on this ultimate sacrifice, can only be described as beautiful.
Click here to download “Beautiful Love” on iTunes Philippines. “Beautiful Love” will go for radio adds starting October 9, 2017.
BEAUTIFUL LOVE Victory Worship
They curse and laugh, You do not fight
A thousand men yell “Crucify!”
As crimson stains, I fill Your mind
You look upon me with delight
From throne to cross, You came to die
A crown for thorns to bring new life
With every nail I fill your mind
You look upon me with delight
Oh what love
How can it be
From that cross You looked at me
Oh what love
Poured out for me
What a beautiful love
Your death gives way to glorious light
And tears away the chains that bind
Now sons and daughters in Your eyes
You look upon us with delight
Came down unashamed
You called me Yours
Caught up in Your grace
You’re all I need
There’s nothing more beautiful Your love
Exciting news! Every Nation Music’s first live recording project, DOXOLOGY, will be launched at the 2016 Every Nation World Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa on October 3. It will also be available online by October 7!
Last April, Every Nation songwriters from different parts of the world gathered to write and record original songs for the album. Members of Victory Worship were also there, together with songwriters from Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, and Australia. The team recorded at the Ocean Way Nashville Studio, where artists like Christina Aguilera, Garth Brooks, Casting Crowns, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, and Matchbox Twenty, have recorded.
This global project aims to represent Every Nation Music’s diverse community, passion for Jesus, and creative expression. With “Doxology,” we seek to bring missional music to worshipers worldwide by creating and releasing missional worship songs.
Enjoy a sneak peek of the album with the single, “Author of My Life.” Watch the official music video here, and listen to the song, which can be streamed and downloaded here!
What exactly is missional worship? Pastor Julius Fabregas, senior pastor of Victory Makati and the Executive Director of Victory Worship, explains the role of the Great Commission in worship.
This post, titled “What is Missional Worship?”, is the first in a short blog series that talks about Every Nation Music’s expression of worship. That being said, in the manner of MMA’s famous intro to events, “Here we go!”
I was recently asked this question: “Why do we sing our Every Nation Music songs (in our local churches)?” It was a great question, and I’m more than happy to answer it!
I’ve always been a serious music aficionado (everything from Bach to rock, and I’m also from a family involved in the professional entertainment industry—ummm, them, not me!). My first encounters with Christian events way back were memorable, but not always in a good way. The preaching was always impactful, but the music didn’t make as much of an impact. Now having been exposed to the Christian world for 35 years, one of the most notable changes has been how worship music has progressed so much!
During the late ‘80s & early ‘90s, a shift in the worship music sound began to take place. “Praise and worship,” as it was known, began to take on a contemporary style and sound. Church music was becoming “relevant to the unchurched.” It resulted in a revival of sorts, helping churches globally attract more people to services and events. It was an avenue for people to hear the gospel of Jesus being preached.
I refer to this style as “attractional worship.” The Holy Spirit anointed the new relevant style, the sound, and even the increasing skill levels in a powerful way, attracting many people and resulting in salvation from the preaching of the gospel of Jesus. Please note that it was only one of the things God used to bring in more people to church; it was not the only thing.
Early in the first decade of the millennium came a fresh wave of worship music that I refer to as “devotional worship.” Using cassette tapes to CDs, and eventually moving on to MP3 players and smartphones, people would play their music in their homes, cars, offices, gyms, or wherever they wanted, to fill themselves up in God’s presence, experience peace, healing, and encouragement, and strengthen their faith in Christ! It is indeed also an amazing move of the Holy Spirit.
Being in the ministry for many years now, I have noticed both “attractional” and “devotional” worship songs are about what God is doing in me and for me. For the most part, this is absolutely awesome. Rightly so, we should be singing His abundant goodness, grace and love in us and for us.
Stop and think now about some of your favorite praise and worship songs and get into last song syndrome (LSS) mode for a few moments. Reflect on the lyrics. Most of them are about what GOD is doing or what we want GOD to be doing in us and for us. We all certainly have been ministered to and strengthened in our faith because of these great expressions of worship music.
I believe the Holy Spirit is introducing and anointing another expression of worship music to us, which I refer to as “missional worship.” These songs express not only what God is doing or wants to do in us and for us, but what God wants to do through us as well!
After all, Jesus not only saves us, but He also sends us! Matthew 28:18-20 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, . . . and I am with you always to the end of the age.” Missional worship music expresses and encourages the Great Commission!
Acts 1:8 reminds us clearly that the Holy Spirit’s power is to come upon us (in us and for us), but also to overflow and empower us to be His witnesses (through us). “But 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.”
Now, let me invite you to return into LSS mode, but reflect on the titles, lyrics and themes of some of our Every Nation Music songs:
We Will Go (from Every Nation Music’s One EP)
Pour Us Out (from Every Nation Music’s Find Rest EP)
“Take my life, Lord, it is Yours…” (from Victory Worship’s Radical Love, off the full-length album of the same title)
“From every nation every tongue, endless praise will be sung” (from Every Nation Music’s Rise Heart, off the Every Nation Music EP Wings and the Victory Worship full-length album Rise Heart)
“We will follow You, there is no turning back…” (from Victory Worship’s Everlasting Glory, off the full-length album Rise Heart)
Just reviewing these words excites me as I type them! I hope it makes sense: missional worship is precisely why we want our Every Nation family to sing our Every Nation Music songs! Every Nation president and Victory founding pastor Steve Murrell calls ours a “missional movement.” And so, a missional movement must sing missional worship songs so that we can grow in our understanding of who we are, what we believe, and what we will do about what we believe. God is always working in us and for us, but also wants to work through us!
Stay tuned for our next blog post on missional worship!
Pastor Julius is married to Eilleen and dad to Isa, Nica, Bea, Ella, and Elijah.