God Is on Your Side
Too often we think of the Beatitudes as an instruction manual for living a good life, or some kind of spiritual ladder to climb. But in these announcements, our Teacher is saying so much more: he is speaking personally and profoundly to the deep ache we all face when life gets broken and doesn’t work out like we think it should.
Join Stu Garrard on an adventure to discover a surprising meaning of these words. Along the way you’ll meet peacemakers on the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the twenty-first-century meek in our communities, and people living lives worthy of persecution.
After all, these words from the hill are speaking still: Inside the ache, the lack, and the “not yet-ness” of life, we are invited to listen afresh, to lift our heads, and to share the surprising, upside-down announcement that God is on our side.
Stu G is best known as the guitarist for the British band Delirious?, who, for nearly two decades, penned many of the best-known worship songs in modern Christendom. Now, when not touring as a guitar player, Stu is writing, recording, speaking, leading worship, and watching Netflix.
You can also download the first song off the project, Oh Blessed from Stu G and Anthony Skinner: http://smarturl.it/ohblessed
Set for release in early 2017, The Beatitudes Project— a book: Words From the Hill (An Invitation to the Unexpected) from NavPress, an album: Beatitudes with The Fuel Music, and a documentary film currently in the works—reveals a wide world of connected stories: real people from all faiths and walks of life who embody mercy, poverty, meekness, the hungry and thirsty, the peacemakers, the mourners, and the pure in heart—as seen, heard and experienced through a 21st Century lens.
Over a decade in the making, the project is the culmination of Stu Garrard’s (Stu G, best known as songwriter/guitarist for the British band Delirious?) excavation of these “blessings at the bottom of life.” For the album, he explored in community with like-minded artists across a wide swath in the musical landscape. Celebrated artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Martin Smith join singer/songwriters like Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, John Mark McMillan, Joel Houston and Amanda Cook and innovators like Propaganda, All Sons & Daughters, Terrian Bass and The Brilliance. Together they have unearthed these words of Jesus in unforgettable, unexpected ways.
The Beatitudes Project is a reset button in a world plagued with violence and division. These surprising Jesus announcements on that hillside where Jews, Greeks, Romans and people of all ethnicities were gathered have never been more relevant… or more important.
Stu says, “if the blessing is presence—God is on your side—then the invitation is to be present, to yourself, to your neighbor and to those we see as the other.”
A disruptive and surprising journey through the Beatitudes.
“Don’t read this unless you are ready to be wrecked for everything God Loves.” – Gabe Lyons, founder of Q, bestselling author of The Next Christians.