by J. Wilbur Chapman, 1859-1918



Truth #5: Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to save us. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

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A Gospel-Driven Life

John Wilbur Chapman was born in Indiana in 1859 and trusted in Jesus as His Savior when he was young. When he was seventeen, his Sunday School teacher Mrs. Binkley helped him stand up during an invitation time at a church service and he never forgot that moment.

He later wrote that this public acknowledgement of his belief in Jesus helped his faith become more real to him and he grew up to be a renowned evangelist, pastor and hymn writer.

He is best known for his well-organized city-wide evangelistic campaigns and for defending the Bible against heretical interpretation.

Chapman was not unacquainted with grief: His mother died when he was just thirteen and he loved— and outlived — three wives.

These experiences along with is deep love for God’s Word motivated him to spend himself for the sake of sharing the gospel and to write many hymns, including Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners and our Hymn of the Month: One Day .

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One Day
by J. Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918)


One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men, my example is He!

Luke 2:13-14; John 1:14; Matthew 1:22-23; 1 Peter 2:21


Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely, forever;
One day He’s coming: O glorious day!

Luke 19:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Psalm 103:12; Luke 24:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected,
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He!

John 19:17; Luke 23:33; Isaiah 53:3; 1 Peter 2:24

One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o’er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He!

Matthew 27:59-60; Mark 9:31; 1 Timothy 1:1; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 Peter 1:8-9

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered,
Now is ascended, my Lord ever more!

1 Corinthians 15:55; Luke 24:2-3; Revelation 1:18; Mark 16:19

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved One bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!

1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; Revelation 1:7; Titus 2:13-14

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