The Story of Amazing Grace —
Like the criminal on the cross, John Newton (1723-1807) was a person who found himself in need of God’s amazing grace.
Watch the following video to see an overview of John Newton’s life — as he goes from wretched blasphemer and slave trader to anointed pastor, social reformer, and hymn writer. (A blasphemer is a person who speaks disrespectfully and scornfully of God or holy things.)
Pay special attention to the timeless message of John Newton’s words as Chris Tomlin performs an updated version of the hymn entitled Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone).
For a more in-depth look at the events in John Newton’s life that influenced his writing of the song Amazing Grace, watch this. (Produced by Asbury University Communication Arts Department in cooperation with Brian Oxley.)
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see.
Thank you, Jesus, for offering this amazing grace to all.
Thank you that I don’t have to wait for a life and death experience to receive it. Amen.