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Hymn History—Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound

Amazing Grace, John Newton (1779)

This is perhaps the most well-known hymn. Christians and non-Christians alike sing this song by the former atheist slave trader. John Newton felt he was the worst “wretch” of all. But God caught his attention in a brutal storm at sea in 1748. Newton’s slave trade ship was almost wrecked, but Newton fell to his knees to ask for God’s mercy and grace. Years later, as a pastor in England, he wrote this song.

Be amazed by grace today.

But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
Ephesians 4:7

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
1 Peter 4:10

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2

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Esther Laurie is a staff writer at churchleaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.