BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BP) — “Build My Life,” Pat Barrett’s impassioned proclamation of holiness and righteousness, was the top worship song of 2021, church-tech company Faithlife said in its annual report. March 30.
At the same time, the sermons focused primarily on God, Jesus, love, power, faith and glory, while the most trending biblical passage was Ephesians 3:14-21, exploring the “appreciation of the mystery” of the love of God.
Faithlife, creator of Logos Bible software, based its report on data from more than 705,000 presentations and 2.7 million songs that churches sang together using Faithlife Proclaim Church presentation software, and 91,000 sermons published on Faithlife Sermons.
“The 2021 Faithlife data shows how church leaders are responding to the needs of their congregants and community during another challenging year,” Faithlife CEO Vik Rajagopal said in releasing the data. “Trending preaching topics demonstrate that even as the world has risen to the challenges of the COVID pandemic, churches have delivered God’s truth about the hope found in Jesus.”
Joining Build My Life, the top 10 worship songs were, in descending order, Sinach’s “Way Maker,” which lost its No. 1 spot of 2020; “Great Are You Lord” by Sons & Daughters, “Goodness of God” by Bethel Music, “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman, “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin, “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship, “This is Amazing Grace” by Phil Wickham, “Graves into Gardens” by Elevation Worship and Brandon Lake, and “In Christ Alone” by Adrienne Camp.
The top 20 songs include several anthems, with “How Great Thou Art” at 13, “Lord I Need You” at 14, “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” ranked 16th and “Cornerstone” ranked 17th.and on the list.
“The list highlights that hymns are still present in many churches,” Faithlife said in a press release, “even though they are sung alongside contemporary songs.”
While the main sermon topics were similar to the main topics in 2020, Faithlife said several topics gained popularity in 2021. These include eschatology/resurrection, which was six times more popular; grace, four times more popular, followed by family and children, creation/renewal, philosophy, renewal, cults, compromise, persecution and hospitality.
John 17:6-19, when Christ prays for his disciples, joins Ephesians 3:14-21 as the most popular passages; John 14:8-21, when Christ responds to Philip’s request to show the disciples the Father; Peter’s Pentecost sermon in Acts 2:14-39, 40-47; and Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-13.
Of the 31,102 verses that make up the Bible, 94% of them — 29,321 — were mentioned in at least one sermon uploaded to Faithlife Sermons in 2021, Faithlife said.
A free download of the full 2021 Year-End Song and Sermon Report is available at growth.faithlife.com.