Questions

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1. Why do we long for beauty, Lord,
While you hold out forgiveness?

2. Why do we thirst for luxuries,
While you pour out your blood?

3. Why do we dream of riches,
While you offer us salvation?

4. Why do we yearn to see the world,
While you wait in us all, with love?

 


References

1. Beauty does not last (Proverbs 31:30; NLT).

You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love (Nehemiah 9:17; NLT).

2. You have lived on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter (James 5:5; NLT).

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:28; NIV).

3. A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God (Luke 12:21; NLT).

If the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it (Romans 11:12; NLT).

4. The younger son gathered together all he had and travelled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living (Luke 15:13; CSB).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Critical mass

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Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other
(Isaiah 45:22; NIV).

1. Lord Jesus,
May so many give up sinning
That all the world
Will glimpse your shining presence.

2. Lord Jesus,
May so many seek forgiveness
That all the world
Will learn to live in peace.

3. Lord Jesus,
May so many find salvation
That all the world
Will listen to your teaching.

4. Lord Jesus,
May so many grow to love you
That all the world
Will come to share your feast.

 


References

1. Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all (1 Corinthians 15:34; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

2. Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you (Acts 13:38; NIV).

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all (Isaiah 11:6; NLT).

They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9; NIV).

He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4; KJV).

3. Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other (Isaiah 45:22; NLT).

All the people will see the salvation sent from God (Luke 3:6; NLT).

The grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people (Titus 2:11; NLT).

This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him (Mark 9:7; NLT).

4. The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord (Isaiah 11:9; NIV).

People will come from all over the world – from east and west, north and south – to take their places in the Kingdom of God (Luke 13:29; NLT).

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world (Isaiah 25:6; NLT).

Only one race

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1. There’s only one race:
God calls it humanity;

2. Only one path:
His Son’s way of love.

3. There’s only one truth:
The heart of the gospel;

4. Only one life:
Our chance to do good.

5. There’s only one gift:
The joy of forgiveness;

6. Only one faith,
One Spirit, one call.

7. There’s only one hope:
Our goal of salvation;

8. Only one God,
Who lives in us all.


References

1. All humanity will come to worship me (Isaiah 66:23; NLT).

2. Walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

3. We want to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you (Galatians 2:5; NLT).

4. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone (Galatians 6:10; NLT).

5. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

6. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5; NLT).

There is one body and one Spirit (Ephesians 4:4; NLT).

He calls people (Romans 9:12; NLT).

7. Let us be sober, putting on […] the hope of salvation as a helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8; NIV).

8. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:6; NLT).

God is love

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You are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful,
slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love
(Nehemiah 9:17; NLT).

1. God is shelter, and space;
Mercy, and grace;

2. Forgiveness, and care;
Wrathful, yet fair;

3. Salvation, and might;
Darkness, and light;

4. Tumult, and peace;
God is love, without cease.


References

1. All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all, and in all, and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

2. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

God is a raging fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; ESV). 

Everything he does is just and fair (Deuteronomy 32:4; NLT).

3. The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27:1; NLT).

He shrouded himself in darkness (Psalm 18:11; NLT).

4. I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me (Psalm 42:7; NLT).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Like you

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Live a life filled with love,
following the example of Christ
(Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

1. Lord Jesus,
My example,
Help me to grow like you,
By treating all my feelings
With love, just as you do.

2. Lord Jesus,
My Rabboni,
Help me to grow like you,
By changing each judgemental thought
Into the love that’s due.

3. Lord Jesus,
My Messiah,
Help me to grow like you,
By saying everything with love,
And making sure it’s true.

4. Lord Jesus,
My Salvation,
Help me to grow like you,
By doing everything with love:
May your life be my cue.


References

1. God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9; NLT).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Isaiah 53:4; NIV).

2. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”) (John 20:16; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

3. You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16; NLT).

You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Jude 1:25; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

4. The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27:1; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; RSV).

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

Free gifts


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires
(Psalm 37:4; NLT).

1. God’s love
Is within, for the taking,
His light
Is as free as the air.

2. His peace
Heals each heart that is aching,
His truth
Is both upright and fair.

3. God’s Son
Is his gift of salvation,
His Spirit
Is gracious and sweet.

4. His mercy
Is for all creation,
His joy
Makes our exile complete.


References

1. He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The teaching of your word gives light (Psalm 119:130; NLT).

2. The Lord blesses them with peace (Psalm 29:11; NLT).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth (Psalm 96:13; NLT).

3. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing (Psalm 143:10; NLT).

4. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11; NIV).

Thank you, Lord


1. Thank you, Lord, for your creation
Of the heavens and the earth.

2. Thank you for your incarnation,
For your advent, and your birth.

3. Thank you, Lord, for your atonement,
Purchased with your final breath.

4. Thank you for your resurrection,
So we, too, can rise from death.

5. Thank you, Lord, for your ascension;
Your salvation makes us whole.

6. Thank you for your Holy Spirit,
Sent to fill each heart and soul.

7. Thank you, Lord, for your communion
With us every night and day.

8. Thank you for your constant presence,
As we walk your narrow way.


References

1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

2. The Word became human and made his home among us (John 1:14; NLT).

3. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

4. Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

5. The same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself (Ephesians 4:10; NLT).

6. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

7. Be sure of this: I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

8. Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

Thank you, Jesus

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1. Thank you, Jesus,
Son of Man,
For your humanity.

2. Thank you, Jesus,
Son of God,
For your divinity.

3. Thank you, Jesus,
Prince of Peace,
For loving every nation.

4. Thank you Jesus,
Lamb of God,
For being our salvation.


References

1. 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).

2. Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11; NLT).

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).

3. My Father’s house has many rooms (John 14:2; NIV).

I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd (John 10:16; RSV).

This is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).

4. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

I love you

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1. I love you, Lord;
I love you.
How could I not love you?

2. You made me;
You sustain me,
And you give salvation, too.

3. You heal me,
And forgive me,
Redeeming me from death.

4. You crown me
With your mercy,
And you give me life and breath.

References

1. I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).
I will […] give them my salvation (Psalm 91:16; NLT).

3,4. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies (Psalm 103:3-4; NLT).

4. He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

Incarnation

1. Thank you
For your incarnation –
Body, blood,
And birth.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For your atonement,
Through your death
On earth.

3. Thank you
For your resurrection –
First-born
Of the dead.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For your salvation,
Living wine,
And bread.

References

1. 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).

2. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

3. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:33; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25; NLT).

Grace to you […] from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead (Revelation 1:4-5; RSV).

4. He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:9; NLT).

He took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood” (Mark 14:23-4; NLT).

He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body” (Luke 22:19; NIV).

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I offer so the world may live, is my flesh (John 6:51; NLT).


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