The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others
and to give his life as a ransom for many
(Mark 10:45; NLT).
1. Would you forgo your hope of rescue,
So a foreigner is saved?
2. Or forswear your dream of freedom,
So a friend is not enslaved?
3. Would you renounce your chance of healing,
So a neighbour is made whole?
4. Or surrender your survival,
Just to save a stranger’s soul?
5. Would you resign your reign above,
So enemies are welcomed in?
6. Or face death by crucifixion,
Bearing many people’s sin?
7. Would you believe the Father’s promise,
Trusting you will rise anew,
8. And then give up your life for others – Just as Jesus did, for you?
1. Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).
2. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13; NLT).
3. Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).
4. Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).
He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).
5. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).
Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).
6. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8; NLT).
He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; NIV).
7. Those who die in the Lord will live; their bodies will rise again! (Isaiah 26:19; NLT).
I trust in God (Psalm 56:11; NLT).
They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again (Mark 10:34; NLT).
8. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16; NLT).
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them
(1 John 4:16; NIV).
1. I love you,
And you love me:
You sent your Son
To set me free.
2. You love me,
And I love you:
I’ll share our love
In all I do.
3. I love you,
And you love me:
You hear my prayers,
Each sigh, each plea.
4. You love me,
And I love you:
I’ll spread our love
Like falling dew.
1. I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).
He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, and that the oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).
2. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. [And] Love your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27; NLT).
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).
3. He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy (Psalm 116:1; NLT).
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; NRSV).
4. Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone (Mark 16:15; NLT).
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).
They will be like dew sent by the Lord, or like rain falling on the grass, which no one can hold back and no one can restrain (Micah 5:7; NLT).
Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants (Deuteronomy 32:2; NIV).
Pray for all people. Ask God to help them;
intercede on their behalf
(1 Timothy 2:1; NLT).
I pray for all of us
2. Those yearning for a home,
3. Those thirsting for freedom
From fear, abuse,
4. Those longing for better health
5. And those who ache
For the presence
Of the dead.
6. Please strengthen us
To face each loss;
Console us when we mourn.
7. Help us to find
New hope in you,
And to rebuild our lives
8. By following your much-loved Son,
Who gave up all he had
Through his dear name,
1. Pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT).
2. Forget not your servant but give her a son (1 Samuel 1:11; NIV).
3. The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).
4. He will heal us (Hosea 6:1; NLT).
5. You have taken away my companions and my loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend (Psalm 88:18; NLT).
6. Even when I walk in the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).
7. “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).
Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me!” (Matthew 4:19; NLT).
8. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being (Philippians 2:6-7; NLT).
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).
1. You’re shelter for the homeless, Lord,
And freedom for the jailed;
A banquet for the hungry,
And redemption for the failed.
2. You’re clothing for the naked, Lord,
And vision for the blind;
A welcome for the stranger,
And a friend for the maligned.
3. You’re rescue for the victim, Lord,
And power for the weak;
Fresh courage for the fearful,
And a refuge for the meek.
4. You’re water for the thirsty, Lord,
And ransom for the slave;
God’s healing for the stricken,
And the first-fruits of the grave.
5. We’re servants of your kingdom, Lord,
Our task: to grow like you,
By treating everyone with love
In all we say and do.
1-4. This is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help (Isaiah 58:6-7; NLT).
5. [Grow] in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT)
“Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?”He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:44-45; NIV).