Romans

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'Romans' is a concept album based on all sixteen chapters of Paul’s epistle to the church at Rome. The album, which consists of 23 seamless tracks, is a proclamation through music and poetry of what Paul penned through prose. It is Scripture exegeted and exposited in an imaginative, artistic voice, complemented by an array of musical styles and timbres that shed a unique perspective on God’s word.

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released 23 March 2015

Music by Cody Curtis
(“The Second Adam” co-composed by Melody Curtis).
Lyrics by Cody Curtis
(“No Shame” co-written by Melody Curtis).
Produced, arranged, and orchestrated by Cody Curtis.
Engineered by Cody Curtis;
drums and organ engineered by Dewey Boyd.
Recorded at Mattress Fort Studios;
drums and organ recorded at Forty-one Fifteen.
Mixed by Dewey Boyd at Forty-one Fifteen. Mastered by Taylor Bray.
Artwork by Chris Hare;
front cover texture by Pauline Moss, used with permission.

THE PLAYERS
-- This album was performed by students, alumni, and friends of Union University --

Lead Vocals: Thomas Griffith and Kelsie Leaf
Flute: Hannah Porter
Clarinet: Jordan Mathenia
Trumpet: Joey Moore
Trombone: Ryan Shaw
Harmonium: Thomas Griffith
Piano: Cody and Melody Curtis
Keyboard: Cody Curtis
Acoustic guitar: Austin Gray, Shane Caver, and Thomas Griffith
Electric Guitar: Jay Griffith
Bass guitar: Matt Battistelli
Background Vocals: Melody Curtis, Jay Griffith,
Rob Griffith, Cameron Skonhovd
Violin: Paige Tang
Viola: Andrew Werner
Cello: Ben Rico
Speakers: Michael Lee, William Watson, Justin Wainscott, Jonathan Baine, Russ Pflasterer

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Track Name: Paul, (1:1-15)
LYRICS
I am Paul, a slave owned by Jesus Christ,
An apostle who’s set aside
To proclaim the good news that was promised long ago,

Concerning Him: God’s Son who came down to earth
To be born and to give new birth,
From whom we have received the grace to make Him known.

So I write this to the saints who are in Rome.

I thank my God, for your faith is in plain view;
And never ceasing to pray for you,
O how I long to return and strengthen you at home.

But I’ve been delayed in order that I may reap
Of the harvest that includes Greeks,
Barbarians, the foolish, the wise.
I’m compelled to preach truth and not support lies;
I’m ready to reap of the seeds that are sewn.

And I’m eager to preach to the saints who are in Rome.
Track Name: I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel (1:16-17)
LYRICS
For I am not ashamed, no I am not ashamed,
I am not ashamed of the gospel,
For it is the power of God to save
Everyone who believes.

For the Jewish man first but also for the Greek,
Also for the Greek is the gospel,
For it is the power of God to save
Everyone who believes.

For in this good news, the righteousness of God,
The righteousness of God in the gospel,
Is revealed from faith to faith, as it says:
“The righteous shall live, shall live by faith,
The righteous shall live by faith.”

For I am not ashamed, no I am not ashamed,
I am not ashamed of the gospel,
For it is the power of God to save
Everyone who believes.
So the gospel now I will teach.
Track Name: No Excuse (1:18-3:20)
LYRICS
The wrath of God is revealed against all men,
Who suppress the truth that they understand,
Like the truth that God has displayed for all to see
His eternal power and His deity.

Those made in the image divine,
They have forsaken the Maker; instead they glorify
What was made and exchange the truth for a lie:
That there is no God, but can God you deny?

No, every creature knows that God exists,
Though clenched fists insist they can resist
The coming Judgment when the verdict will be shown,
There’s no excuse, for God has made it known

To everyone, every person (both me and you),
That we will give account for the things we do
And think and say, for on that Day His justice will reign.

There is no one with an excuse
Who can stand before the Lord,
For there is no one good.
How can anyone be made right
Unless the Lord is on his side,
And in love he came to die?

“Then what of the Jews? Well, surely they’ll be excused.
Can the wrath of God fall on the privileged few?”
Yes, to all men, God will His justice wreak:
To the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

For all have sinned who have not kept the law,
No, not just the Jews, for all means all.
You see, the work of the Law is inscribed on the heart
Of all nations and tribes; no, your conscience won’t lie
That you know wrong from right.

You see the Jews have the Law more clearly than most,
The revelations of God are entrusted to those
Who Moses showed – but in the law can you boast?
Will it save you from Him whom your actions oppose?

Or do you suppose the Law will ever make you right?
It only shows you the sins you commit in your life,
So Jews, you’re no better off, you cannot hide.

There is no one with an excuse
Who can stand before the Lord,
For there is no one good.
How can anyone be made right
Unless the Lord is on his side,
And in love he came to die?

There is no one good,
There is no one whose righteousness impresses God;
For everyone has sinned
And fallen short of the glory of God,
The glory of God

There is no one with an excuse
Who can stand before the Lord,
For there is no one good.
How can anyone be made right
Unless the Lord is on his side,
And in love he came to die?
Track Name: He Came to Die (3:21-31)
LYRICS
He came to die: God, in the form of Christ,
As a sacrifice to appease God’s wrath and make us right
So the Judge can freely justify and be just.

He died for us: men, in the depth of sin;
Where the Law condemned, it was God who called us to repent
And by faith receive the righteousness of the Lamb.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

He came to die: God, in the form of Christ,
As a sacrifice to appease God’s wrath and make us right
So the Judge can freely justify and be just.

He died for us: men, in the depth of sin;
Where the Law condemned, it was God who called us to repent
And by faith receive the righteousness of the Lamb.

So let no one boast,
We’re saved not by the law of works but the law of faith,
For God is God not just of the Jews but of every human race,
O wondrous love that Christ would die in a sinner’s place!
O wondrous love that Christ would die in my sinful place!
O wondrous love! O wondrous love!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We are saved by grace through faith!
We are saved by the gift of grace!
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ!
Track Name: The Story of Abraham (4:1-25)
LYRICS
Let the man who wonders at the life of Abraham
Who in former days was reckoned right,
See the way that He was saved was not through flesh or might,
But by faith the man was justified.

Not of works, no not of works.

Abraham by faith looked ahead to grace
To a righteousness not of his own,
Blessed is the man, who, like Abraham,
The Lord counts his sins as atoned.

Some may say this man named Abe was saved by a sign,
A symbol carried through the Jewish line;
Well let me ask, “When did it pass that Abraham believed?
Before or after he the sign received?”

Before the sign, before the sign.

Abraham by faith looked ahead to grace
To a righteousness not of his own,
Blessed is the man, who, like Abraham,
The Lord counts his sins as atoned.

Not just the father of the Jews,
But the father of us all;
Long before there was the news
Of this Moses and the Law,
Abraham believed by faith
That the Lord would save
So the promise rests on grace for you and me.

Abraham by faith looked ahead to grace
To a righteousness not of his own,
Blessed is the man, who, like Abraham,
The Lord counts his sins as atoned.
Track Name: A Sure Hope, pt. 1 (5:1-11)
LYRICS
Since we have been justified by faith,
We have peace with God, we have peace with God!
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
We have peace with God where peace was not.

Now if when we were enemies
The Lord gave us His Son,
How much more now that He’s saved us
Will His love go on and on?

Since we have been justified by faith,
We have peace with God, we have peace with God!
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
We have peace, we have grace,
We rejoice in hope unfading,
Hope unmixed with shame
For we belong to God,
And we have peace where peace was not.

We have a sure hope, we have a sure hope,
And nothing can separate us from His love.

Now if when we were enemies
The Lord gave us His Son,
Oh, how much more now that He’s saved us
Will His love go on and on?
Track Name: The Second Adam (5:12-21)
LYRICS
Our nature fell in Adam’s fall,
One common sin infects us all,
From sire to son the bane descends,
And over all the curse impends.

Through all man’s pow’rs corruption creeps
And him in dreadful bondage keeps;
In guilt he draws his infant breath,
And reaps its fruits of woe and death.

But Christ, the second Adam, came
To bear our sin and woe and shame,
To be our life, and by His grace
To new-create our fallen race.

And by one man, all mankind fell
And, born in sin, was doomed to hell,
So by one Man, who took our place,
We saints received the gift of grace.
Alive in Christ! We’re alive in Christ!
Track Name: What Shall We Say, pt. 1 (6:1-23)
LYRICS
What shall we say?
Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
Will grace increase if we unleash transgressions unbound?
By no means!

What shall we say?
Can we who died to sin still give it our lives?
Or do you not know from death you rose when you were baptized?
You were baptized in Christ.

You have died to sin
And were raised with Him
To walk in newness of life.

What shall we say?
Is sin to govern our lives since Law has no claim?
And now that grace has Law replaced can sin still remain?
By no means!

Thanks be to God,
For we who were slaves once to sin,
Have become free, free from sin,
Have become slaves to God, slaves to Him,
Have become free from sin.

Oh, thanks be to God,
For the wages of sin is death,
But the free, free gift of God
Is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O praise the Lord!
I’m free from sin!
Sing forth His praise!
I live for Him!
But what shall we say?
“Why do I still sin?”
Track Name: What Shall We Say, pt. 2 (7:1-25)
LYRICS
I do not do the thing I want–
Instead, the thing I hate;
‘Tis not the Law that leads me thus
But sin that captivates.

Though I’m redeemed, my evil flesh
Corrupts my righteous deeds;
‘Tis not the Law that leads me thus,
But sin that dwells in me.

O wretched man that I am!
Who shall deliver me from this body of death?

Thanks be to God,
For we who were slaves once to sin,
Have become free, free from sin,
Have become slaves to God, slaves to Him,
Have become free from sin.

O, thanks be to God
For the One has rescued my soul
Shall deliver me each day from sin until He calls me home with Him.
O, thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Track Name: The Spirit of Life (8:1-17)
LYRICS
There is no condemnation! There is no condemnation!
There is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus!

The Spirit of God
Has set you free from the Law,
No longer bound to sin and flesh,
Now we are saved for righteousness.

The Spirit of God
Has given pow’r over death:
We do not fear the future grave—
For like Christ, we will be raised.

Behold our new life in the Spirit of the Lord,
Conformed to live life like our Savior—more and more!
We’ll overcome this world by the power,
By the power of the Spirit of God!

The Spirit of God (The law of the Spirit of life)
Has set you free from the law, (From the Law of sin and death)
Hallelujah to the Son! (He sets the captives free)
Out deliverance is won!

Behold our new life in the Spirit of the Lord,
Conformed to live life like our Savior—more and more!
We’ll overcome this world by the power,
By the power of the Spirit of God!

There is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus
For His righteousness is ours (by faith!) and now God sees us
Not as rebels condemned, nor as sinners enslaved,
No longer in debt to the flesh so depraved.

But now, we are sons of the King!
“Abba! Father!” we cry; “Hallelujah!” we sing.
Yes now, we are children and heirs;
In our spirit we know, for His Spirit declares it is so.
And if we suffer with Christ, will we also be glorified?
Track Name: Glory to Come (8:18-30)
LYRICS
The world is fraught with pain,
Sin has left a grievous stain.
Will we ever see relief?
Is there hope in sufferings?

Creation groans
With the sons of flesh and bone,
“Lord, redeem us from this curse,
Our corruption please reverse.”

Holdfast,
A day will dawn when glory will be shown
Far outweighing pain and woe.
We await that glorious day
When full redemption comes
With the rising of the risen Son.

We hope in the Unseen,
Waiting for Him patiently,
Who will help us while we pray,
When we don’t know what to say?

The Spirit groans
For the sons the Father knows,
Intercedes when we are weak,
Gives us hope in suffering.

Holdfast,
A day will dawn when glory will be shown
Far outweighing pain and woe.
We await that glorious day
When full redemption comes
With the rising of the risen Son.

The Lord conforms us to His Son,
For everyone He’s called He works good in all.
Foreknown, predestined, called in Christ
And also justified
And those He justifies,
He also glorifies.

Yes, if we suffer with Christ,
We will also be glorified.
Track Name: A Sure Hope, pt. 2 (8:31-39)
LYRICS
Who shall condemn to endless flames
The chosen people of our God;
Since in the book of life their names
Are fairly writ in Jesu's blood.

Yes, for the sins of his elect,
Complete atonement He hath made:
[His] Justice views without defect
The work he wrought, the price he paid.

Not tribulation, nakedness,
The famine, peril, or the sword;
Not persecution, or distress,
Can separate from Christ the Lord.

His sovereign mercy knows no end,
His faithfulness shall still endure:
And those who on his truth depend,
Shall find his word forever sure.
Forever sure!

Not tribulation, nakedness,
The famine, peril, or the sword;
Not persecution, or distress,
Can separate from Christ the Lord.

[Not] life, nor death, nor depth, nor height,
Nor powers below, nor powers above;
Not present things, nor things to come,
Can change his [sov’reign plans],
Can stay what he commands,
Can change his [sov’reign plans] of love.

We have a sure hope! We have a sure hope!
And nothing can separate us from His love!
Track Name: Lamentation (9:1-5)
LYRICS
Israel, Israel,
How great my sorrow – words will fail:
For you, I’d wish myself as accursed.

You were blessed with covenants,
The law was yours, the promises;
O Israel, salvation, was yours.

Israel, Israel,
To you belonged Emmanuel.

So has the Word of God failed?
Track Name: The Story of Israel and Her Sovereign (9:6-13)
LYRICS
Among the sons of Abraham–
(His children of the flesh)
Reside a chosen people:
True sons of covenant.

These children of the promise
From Ishmael do not stem;
Instead they flow from Isaac,
For God selected Him.

And, next, to show His choosing
On works does not depend,
The Lord chose unborn Jacob
Above his unborn twin.

Why Jacob over Esau?
The Sovereign simply stated:
“For Jacob have I loved,
And Esau have I hated.”
Track Name: What Shall We Say, pt. 3 (9:14-29)
LYRICS
What shall we say?
Is the Lord unjust if He shows mercy to one?
Is His word untrue if He saves but a few and not everyone?
By no means!

For the Lord says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
And I’ll have compassion on whomever I choose.”
So again it depends not on human will,
But on God, who has mercy.

But you will say,
“Then why does He still find fault, for who can resist?”
But who are you, O man, to answer back to God?
And yet, this will I say:

With vessels formed for wrath
And vessels shaped for grace,
The Potter freely fashions
The outcome of the clay.
Track Name: No Shame (9:30-11:32)
LYRICS
There is no one who will be ashamed:
None who call upon the Lord’s name;
Yes, the Church is made up of every race:
Those to whom He has shown grace.

The grace of God is revealed to every man
Whom the Lord has called in his sovereign plan
To save His Church, His Love, His Bride,
And she will be saved, for Christ has died

For all races, skin colors, peoples, and nations,
For every type of man in every station
Of life, for this is the love of Christ,
To bring a remnant from darkness into light.

There is no one who will be ashamed:
None who call upon the Lord’s name;
Yes, the Church is made up of every race:
Those to whom He has shown grace.

But tell me, how will they hear and then believe
If no one is sent and no one will teach
Them the Word of faith?—Receiving grace
By confessing that Christ is Lord and believing

He is raised from the dead; saving the undeserving
Ones who, unswerving, would go on believing
And obeying by preaching the news of his fame.
How beautiful the feet that carry the name!

There is no one who will be ashamed:
None who call upon the Lord’s name;
Yes, the Church is made up of every race:
Those to whom He has shown grace.

So what of the Jews? Will the Lord then save them too?
Does His love still flow for His Jeshurun?
Yes.

For even though they pursued the Lord by works,
He will save a remnant and convert
Their hearts of stone to hearts of flesh
That pursue by faith His righteousness,

This elect of the Jews—chosen though they’re undeserving
Ones who were serving through Law, not observing
That the Law points to Christ, until the Lord unveiled their eyes
To see the sight of sin and that sacrifice alone can atone.

And so, in keeping with His plan,
He preserves the tree of Israel, and to it adds a branch:
Gentiles, though a wild olive shoot,
Have been grafted to the Jewish root, meant to brew the Jews

To jealousy, to see that He, the Lord, has brought this mystery
To come to light, so that we may realize
Favor is not given only in the Jewish land, but it spans the planet.

While God has hardened a portion of the Jews
Till the fullness of His pardon to the Greeks is concluded,
Still, in a way, we can say
That all of Israel will be saved.

So you see that the Lord has not failed
When He promised to save Israel,
And we can be sure that His promise to us
Will stand as well.

There is no one who will be ashamed:
None who call upon the Lord’s name;
Yes, the Church is made up of every race:
Those to whom He has shown grace.
Track Name: O the Depth! (11:33-36)
LYRICS
O the depth of the riches,
Both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments
And how inscrutable His ways!

“For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or, who has been His counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to Him
That he might be paid again?”

O the depth of the riches,
Both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments
And how inscrutable His ways!

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory for ever and ever.
Amen.
Track Name: Lay Down Your Life (12:1-15:13)
LYRICS
Lay down your life
As a living sacrifice.

Brothers and sisters, let me say to you
That you are part of a whole.
There is a gift that God has given you–
To everyone his own, each fiddle plays a role.

To all let love be true,
And bless those who curse you.
Live in peace with all,
And serve the Lord through Jesus.

Lay down your life;
May it be holy and acceptable to God,
As a living sacrifice.

And what about the reigning government?
Should we obey the Lord instead?
You need to see that God’s in charge of it:
Of every president, of every ruling head.
So obey!

Let all in love be sealed
For in love, the law’s fulfilled;
Awake! The hour has come,
So put you on Lord Jesus.

Lay down your life;
May it be holy and acceptable to God.
Be not of this world but be transformed
By the renewal of your mind.
May we be
A living sacrifice

As for the one whose faith is not so strong,
Take heed you do not make him fall;
In times when neither one is right or wrong,
Then do not hold a grudge, and neither should you judge.

To all let love be first
And especially to the church;
Jew and Greek, both strong and weak,
Love each like Jesus.

Lay down your life;
May it be holy and acceptable to God.
Be not of this world but be transformed
By the renewal of your mind.
In time you will discern
What is good, perfect and acceptable to God.
And in God’s design,
He will help you find
His will – divine.

As a living sacrifice.
Track Name: So Long (15:14-16:27)
LYRICS
Well, so long! And one day, perhaps we’ll meet;
On my journey to Spain? Well, we’ll see.
To the Gentiles I go to spread the news along.

And now one more thing:
I ask that you’d say hello
And say thank you to all the folks
Who’ve labored beside me in Christ;
Greet Rufus, Aquilla, and Prisca, his wife,
And also the ones who won’t fit in this song.

And remember my words:
“For I’m not ashamed
Of the gospel, for it is the power to save
Everyone who in Jesus has faith.”

That’s why I write this to the church who is at Rome,
To make the gospel known.

And now to Him, the Lord, the Lord!



To the only wise God be glory
Forevermore through Jesus Christ our Lord!

O praise the Lord!
Amen.

For I am not ashamed, no I am not ashamed,
I am not ashamed of the gospel,
For it is the power of God to save
Everyone who believes,
So the gospel now go and preach.