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Steven Curtis Chapman – Out In The Highways lyrics

There's a chapel on wheels parked at a truckstop,
Somewhere in the southern part of Florida tonight;
Many are blown in by a strong wind:
It's the wind of the Spirit.

There's a preacher with his head bowed
There at the altar,
Whispering a prayer as the people wander in,
Sayin' it's You, Lord, that they're lookin' for,
Whether they know it or not,
And that's the reason I've got to go

Out in the highways, out in the highways.
Maybe this will be the day they come to meet You on their way,
Out in the highways.

There's a church down on the corner with stained glass windows,
But time has stained the windows till no light is shining through;
Those on the outside pass right by,
Lost on a dark endless highway.

There's a banner on the church wall
They put up many years ago,
Reminding them that Jesus said 'Go into all the world';
They need the Spirit wind to blow again
And fan the flame of concern,
Take the truth that they've learned and go

Out in the highways, out in the highways.
Open windows, doors and hearts, take the light into the dark,
Out in the highways.

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  • sullymcgully
    This song was only featured on the CD version of the album More To This Life (it was back when most albums were sold on audio cassettes). It describes two very different situations. The "chapel on wheels" sounds like a thrown-together makeshift operation while the inner city church seems to be a sturdy building with historical significance. However, while the port-a-church is overwhelmed by visitors, the city church is lifeless and dry, most likely attended by a mostly elderly congregation. Why the difference? The people at one church are living out their faith in the "highways" so the Holy Spirit can draw in those who need the gospel message. Meanwhile, the other church is unsuccessful at attracting the new people it needs because the people inside can't see past the ordinances and scruples that they've added to the Gospel of Christ. It's no wonder their leader's efforts to mobilize the congregation have failed. The question this song asks is, which church do you go to? What needs to happen for your church to be in the right place? What have you done to further or hamper the Gospel?
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