BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#292 - "Savior" by Worth Dying For
What drives this youth ministry rallying cry? NRT's Kevin Davis finds out.

By kevindavis

BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #292 -
Christy Johnson: "There’s nothing like singing and hearing thousands of people singing it back with you and the crowd engaged and loving on Jesus."
With a mission to be not just a band, but a youth movement that can shake generations, rock-infused worshipers Worth Dying For returns with their third national release, Live Riot, recorded live at the Ammunition Conference in California. The band has been part of Ammunition Movement, the youth ministry of Calvary Temple of Modesto, Calif.  

Now the band is poised to let their songs resonate in the hearts of the young people across this nation. Fans of Hillsong United, Skillet and Evanescence will be drawn to the guitar-driven rock sound and the fresh lead vocals of Christy Johnson and Sean Loche. Maintaining their aggressive rock sound with big guitars and driving loops, the band manages to capture worship like has never been captured on any previous album of Worth Dying For. "We have never stepped into the live worship recording before," says Worth Dying For's Christy Johnson. "For the first time, we get to interact with our fans and listeners and share what our worship to our Creator is like in its most organic and raw form." Jesus Christ and music are the two things that consume the thoughts and lives of the band. Combine the two, and you get the heart of the ministry; worship. They are ordinary people that have a desire to show others how to fall in love with God in a deeper, more passionate way. The music that God has used them to write has changed their ministry and city.

Worth Dying For draws heavily on a theme that defines the band’s mission: Infiltrate, Destroy, Rebuild. Infiltrate every city with the gospel of Jesus Christ, destroy the works of the enemy, and rebuild today’s culture. This ministry is more creed than career, more mission than music. And the music, aggressive guitars, searing vocals and heart-provoking lyrics, speaks for itself. I had the great opportunity to interview Christy Johnson and Sean Loche about their song “Savior.”  

Sean, please tell me about the background message behind the song "Savior." 
The heart of “Savior” is about bringing revival back to our nation. It’s the theme song of our ministry and has been for the past year, which was why we wanted to include the song on Live Riot. You can just hear the passion of the room where all the students cry out the lyrics. It’s cool because it captures a different style of worship where it’s harder rock. It’s one of the hardest rock songs we’ve ever written. It leans towards the screaming side with the heavy guitars and double kick and it’s as hard a worship song as I’ve heard. On the studio version, it’s a good song to listen to, and you felt God’s presence. On the live album, we’ve shown that you can still have this style of music and have an encounter with God in a very powerful way. That’s the intention of the song. You can hear everyone singing “we stand, we rise, we give our lives” in a powerful way as they have the same heart to see revival return to this nation. 

Christy, do you have a life verse or any Bible verses that you used to write the song?  
Ezekiel 37:7-10: So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. 

Christy, what's the take-away message for listeners regarding the song and album?
There’s nothing like leading worship with a live crowd worshipping with you. We loved making a studio album but this captures another level that’s always been there at our conferences, but we’ve never captured on a recording before. There’s nothing like singing and hearing thousands of people singing it back with you and the crowd engaged and loving on Jesus. They were relentless in pursuing God and they didn’t care, and abandoned everything for a weekend to experience and encounter the power of God. It captures something raw and organic that we’ve never captured before. We love it, it’s so real and genuine and something we can’t just re-create. It’s what God did in that moment. For me, this is our best album as we got the body of Christ together in a room, all denominations together lifting up the one powerful name of Jesus. It’s electric. The Ammunition Conference is in it’s third year and started out as a camp. My husband Jeremy and I had this dream for this conference and it has really grown. Youth groups are coming from all over and we’re bringing in speakers and youth pastors asked if we could do more than one conference per year. We have legends of the faith at our conference and hundreds come to know the Lord. We want to give people the ammunition and the power and the tools to fight against darkness and the enemy. 

Lyrics:
We stand up, we rise up To give our lives up for this
This burden, this passion To burn our lifetime for You
Burn for You 
Savior, send Your Presence to this dying world
We need it To breathe it So come and release Your fire again
We stand up, we rise up To give our lives up for this
This burden, this passion To burn our lifetime for You
Burn for You (It's like a fire shut up in my bones) Burn for You
Savior, send Your Presence to this dying world
We need it To breathe it So come and release Your fire again 
We stand, we rise We give our lives 

Savior, send Your Presence to this dying world
We need it To breathe it So come and release Your fire again 
So come and release Your fire again
 

Asbury’s Bible commentary: “As Ezekiel carried out God's instructions, he saw and heard the bones come together to form bodies and come to life. So, too, God said, God would raise up the dead nation that was now in exile and restore her to her own land. This was not a physical resurrection of individual Israelites but a restoration of the nation, or remnant, which had learned through the Exile that God may judge sin but that he never stops loving the sinner. These chapters comprise a new section of the book, reflecting a look to the future and thus to the restoration of Israel. With the fall of Jerusalem, Ezekiel turned from warnings of impending doom to a look at the time when the Exile and its discipline would be over and God would restore His people to their homeland.” 

I’ve long enjoyed the female rock vocal style of Evanescence and Flyleaf. Christy Johnson really displays a similar vocal style on the stand-out songs for me on this solid album. I love listening to this album during my commuting time when I want a pick-me-up album that glorifies God and gets me pumped about my faith.

Live Riot
is loaded with great rock beats, catchy melodies, and solid lyrics reflecting unashamed faith in Jesus. The live crowd response really engages me from start to finish on this very solid live worship album. Christy knocks it out of the park with her stellar lead vocals on the powerful closing song "Savior" which is a stand-out worship rock anthem and has a very catchy and convicting declaration: "We stand, we rise, we give our lives," which leads to the chorus “Savior, Savior... so come and release Your fire again." As Christy explained, the song reflects the conviction and strength we can all have as the armies of the Lord as prophesied in Ezekiel 37. One day we will have a new heaven and a new earth and we need to all pray for our Savior to send His presence to this dying world. Amen.
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Posted February 14, 2012 | NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ.

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