Some common Baptist hymns are "Amazing Grace" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Both hymns praise God for the gift of Christian salvation. Another common Baptist hymn is "I Surrender All," written by J.W. VenDeVenter in 1896.
"Amazing Grace" begins by saying that God's grace saves even "a wretch like me." The hymn goes on to say that God's grace helps the lost become found and that grace relieves a Christian's fears. The words go on to credit God's grace for bringing each person through the "toils" and trials of life, and that grace carries each person throughout life until the person reaches heaven. The song ends by saying that heaven is eternal and that eternity includes singing God's praise. John Newton first published "Amazing Grace" in 1779.
"The Old Rugged Cross" describes Christ's cross as the symbol of "suffering and shame." The words say that the singer cherishes the cross and clings to the cross. The singer looks forward to one day trading in her loyalty to the cross for a crown in heaven. The hymn describes the cross as blood-stained. Even though the world does not accept or appreciate the cross, the singer promises loyalty to the cross until God calls her home to heaven.
Similarly, "I Surrender All" talks about the person's complete gift of her life to God and God's plan. The person promises to love and trust God and live in God's presence. Additional verses say that the singer promises to forgo distractions in the world. The singer makes a request for God's power and protection. The last verse describes salvation as a "joy," and the singer gives glory to God.