Hillsong Chapel release has local church at its heart

Hillsong Church have released album number two in their Chapel series.

Forever Reign went No 1 of the iTunes Christian Albums chart and reflects Hillsong's desire to equip and resource the local church.

The album is a collection of Hillsong's most popular songs but with a much more intimate feel.

“Many people and churches express worship in a more reflective, intimate manner. There is no right or wrong way to love God, and I think this album helps people understand that,” Hillsong worship leader Reuben Morgan explained.

“The album and the accompanying resources will also help smaller churches who don’t have large music teams. Our message is simple – worshipping God transcends size, culture and tradition.”

The album was recorded live in February and includes the hits "With Everything", "Desert Song", "Cornerstone" and "Beautiful Exchange".

Get a flavour of it here:

An accompanying DVD includes seven live performances of songs from the album.

Also out from Hillsong is a new Christmas album, We Have a Savior.

It follows the hugely successful Cornerstone live album released in the summer and which has inspired a new range of free small group studies.

Morgan revealed that the new studies are based on helping Christians hold fast to God as life’s anchor, as only He is strong enough to hold us.

“When we are pushed to our limit, there is only one source of hope, there is only one cornerstone,” shares Morgan. “This is about inspiring people, challenging them and facilitating discussion so we better understand the need to put Christ at the very centre of everything.”

The ‘Cornerstone’ small group studies from Hillsong Church are available for free download at au.hillsongmusic.com