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Hymns... Songs of Help, Hope and Healing

The Old Rugged Cross

Pastor Scott George - March 29, 2020

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[ Story Behind The Hymn ]


George Bennard (February 4, 1873 – October 10, 1958) was an American hymn composer and preacher. He is best known for composing the famous hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross”.


Bennard was born in the coal-mining and iron-production town of Youngstown, Ohio. When he was still a child, his parents relocated the family to Iowa. Although the young Bennard aspired to become a Christian evangelist, he was compelled to support his mother and sisters when his father died suddenly.


After marrying, Bennard became active in the Salvation Army and preached throughout the United States and Canada. He was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He spent much of his life in Michigan and Wisconsin. As a well-regarded author of Christian hymns, his most famous work is “The Old Rugged Cross”. Bennard retired to Reed City, Michigan, and the town maintains a museum dedicated to his life and ministry. He died in Reed City, Michigan, where the local Chamber of Commerce erected a cross near his home.


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When I come to the old rugged cross what will I find?

1. Forgiveness and Mercy


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross

The emblem of suff’ring and shame

And I love that old cross where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain

2. Healing and Restoration


O the old rugged cross so despised by the world

Has a wondrous attraction for me

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above

To bear it to dark Calvary

3. Hope and Courage


To the old rugged cross I will ever be true

It’s shame and reproach gladly bear

Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away

Where His glory forever I’ll share

Hmmm...

[ Weekly Devotion Questions ]


Read the verses to The Old Rugged Cross and briefly write out the benefits you receive.


Verse 1:


On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross

The emblem of suff’ring and shame

And I love that old cross where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain


Verse 2:


O the old rugged cross so despised by the world

Has a wondrous attraction for me

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above

To bear it to dark Calvary


Verse 3:


To the old rugged cross I will ever be true

It’s shame and reproach gladly bear

Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away

Where His glory forever I’ll share

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