Bethel Music is one of our worship favorites here at Epic Church. Many of the songs we sing on Sunday mornings are written by Bethel artists such as Brian and Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Gretzinger, Amanda Cook, and more. Their unique combination of moving lyrics and true musical excellence is unmatched, in our opinion.
In 1952, Bethel Church began in Redding, California. Bethel Music was born of the worship ministry at this church and in recent years has become one of the most widely known artists in the worship music genre. They host an “artist collective” of talented songwriters and musicians who collaborate to produce incredible works of art that bring glory to God. Their website states that their mission is “to carry the culture of Heaven to the nations through worship and to see the global expansion of God’s Kingdom through His manifest presence.”
In their most recent album, We Will Not Be Shaken, ten Bethel Music artists come together for a night of live worship on a mountaintop north of Redding. The accompanying film presents a captivating visual documentation including aerial shots from a drone aircraft’s camera. Clearly they are dedicated to creating an incredible product. The album presents themes of hope, victory, adoration, and pursuit of a deeper relationship with Christ. In the song titled “Home,” Hunter Thompson sings, “It will not, it will never be enough just to know about You, Jesus, and never call You my own. For my, my heart was made for God, I can’t live without you, Jesus.” This song is just one of the many that display a deep and overwhelming desire for an even more personal relationship with God, to walk beside Him and know Him more every day. It also presents a challenge – do these lyrics mirror the desires of our hearts? The album finishes with the powerful track “In Over My Head (Crash Over Me),” sung by Jenn Johnson. In the “Song Story” video, Jenn explains her inspiration for the song: “I [wanted to] write this song about how I’m just really hungry for the more of God. And at the same time I feel like I’m constantly in over my head but I think that’s where He wants me to be.” She goes on to explain that she feels God has flipped the negative connotation of “I’m in over my head” in this song to say that’s where He wants us to be – to relinquish control, to have faith and believe Him for the things we can’t fathom. Every song is truly anointed in a unique way, and continues to drive home the subject of an irresistible desire to be closer to Jesus.
Speaking specifically to the instrumentation on this album, excellence would be an understatement. The layers of pads, background vocals, percussion, melodies and harmonies create unbelievable texture that brings each song to perfection. Effects rarely used in popular modern worship create interest and great depth. With each new journey through a song, listeners are rewarded with the discovery of a new element that may have previously gone unnoticed. 11 tracks of strong lyrics, vocals, and musicianship will leave you on the edge of your seat in a worship experience like none other. With that being said, use caution while driving.
We Will Not Be Shaken declares truth over listeners and presents a skillfully crafted record that will be hard to put down. Bethel Music has produced a timeless album with tracks that will interest and inspire all age groups. They are challenging the world of worship music with each new release and we look forward to seeing what will come next!
If you’d like to start off with a couple songs, listen to Nat’s favorite, “Nearness,” and Kate’s favorite, “In Over My Head (Crash Over Me).” We Will Not Be Shaken is available locally at Hackman’s Bible Bookstore in Whitehall, PA. It is also available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and the Bethel online store. Bethel Music is coming to the Northeast for their Worship Nights this year, September 7-17. Tickets are available on their events page.