Songs from Acts

This is the forty-fourth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Acts can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Acts 1:13: Something in the Upper Room (Wilburns)
  • Acts 2: Pentecost Fire (Teddy Huffam & the Gems)
  • Acts 2: There is a River (just about everyone)
  • Acts 2: Wind, Rain, Fire (Gold City)
  • Acts 2: The Wind Blew In (Gold City)
  • Acts 2: There’s No Need to Die (Hoppers)
  • Acts 3:1-11: Silver and Gold (Inspirations, Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters)
  • Acts 7: I See Jesus (Gospel Harmony Quartet – young Ed O’Neal)
  • Acts 7: There is Always a Rose (McKameys)
  • Acts 7:56: He Will Row You Over the Tide (Cathedrals, Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Gold City, Hoppers, Inspirations, Kingsmen)
  • Acts 8: Just Preach Jesus (Kingsmen)
  • Acts 9:1-9: On Damascus Road (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Acts 9:1-9: Damascus Road (Perrys)
  • Acts 9:1-9: The Touch (McKameys)
  • Acts 9:1-9: He Made a Change (Cathedrals)
  • Acts 12: Moving the Hand of God (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Acts 12:5: A Wall of Prayer (McKameys)
  • Acts 14:19: If Only Just A Few (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Acts 16:23-34: God’s Got a Bigger Thing Going On (Greater Vision)
  • Acts 16:23-34: Breakin’ Chains (Three Bridges)
  • Acts 16:23-34: Give Me a Song to Sing at Midnight (Kingmsen)
  • Acts 16:23-34: Music at Midnight (Liberty Quartet)
  • Acts 16:23-34: Singing in the Midnight Hour (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Acts 16:23-24: They Sang a Hymn (Perrys)
  • Acts 16:23-24: God Wants to Hear You Sing (Greater Vision)
  • Acts 22:24: If Only Just A Few (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Acts 24:25: Standing at the Altar (McKameys)
  • Acts 25-26: I’m Saved (Wilburns, Old Paths)
  • Acts 26:16-18: Telling the Old Story (McKameys)
  • ACts 26:28: Almost Persuaded
  • Acts 26:28-29: I Just Thought You Ought to Know (McKameys)
  • Acts 27:14: Euroclydon (Dave, Duane, and Neil/Couriers)

What others come to mind?

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  1. Acts 7:56 ‘He Will Roll You Over the Tide’ – Calvarymen, Cathedrals, Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Gold City, Hoppers, Inspirations, Kingsmen, Singing Cookes…pretty much everyone. And of course Mrs. Kyla :))

    Acts 16:23-34. ‘They Sang a Hymn’ – The Perrys

  2. Gotta be lots more.

    Acts 2: There Is a River
    Acts 8: Just Preach Jesus
    Acts 12: Moving the Hand of God
    Acts 16: God Wants to Hear You Sing
    Acts 26:28 Almost Persuaded

    • Thanks! Several in there that I should have thought of, for sure!

    • In my ignorance I’m not the Acts 2 reference for “There is A River.” John 4 seems much more appropriate. Care to enlighten me to the Acts chapter 2 tie in? Maybe I’m thinking of the.wrong song…

      • The second verse of “There Is a River” is based on John 4. The first verse is from Acts 2…”there came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind…”

        Acts 2:1-2
        1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

        2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

      • With all the times I’ve heard that song I’ve never heard the first verse. Thanks for providing enlightenment to my ignorance.

      • Get a version with Gerald Wolfe singing it, if you can find it. He does the best rendition, IMO, though about six minutes in length.

      • I was in the same boat as JSR until this past summer. My dad had asked me to type out the lyrics for the song. After I did, he told me I forgot a verse. Then he showed me the Gerald Wolfe version. Now I’m convinced there is no better singer for this song.

      • Doesn’t hurt to get help from all-time greats like Mark Trammell, Chris Allman, and Stan Whitmire, either.

  3. Acts 2: Wind, Rain, Fire – Gold City (Movin Up) (lyrics are almost verbatim with scripture)
    Acts 2: The Wind Blew In – Gold City (Answer the Call)

  4. Acts 2. Theres No Need To Die – Hoppers