The Call of an Elder (Titus 1:5-9)

I call you now to stand in awe,
That awe may turn to homage.
For Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Took on Him human vesture.
As one of us, though without flaw,
With perfect life and knowledge,
But now He delegates His law,
To stewards of His pastures.

He calls His shepherds to obey,
And imitate His leading.
Above reproach in all their ways,
Who preach but faithful doctrine.
As men who only truth will say,
Who challenge those deceiving,
And show the church the King of Days,
In holiness, then, taught in.

They lead, protect, teach, model, care,
To point the church to Jesus.
Though there are crooked leaders there,
This can not make us jaded.
For all are brothers, all will share,
And the whole world will see us.
The sheep and shepherd both now bear,
The call to bring Christ praises.

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Forerunner (Hebrews 2:10-15)

The chief and mighty captain: Christ,
The author of this story,
He through His fitting sacrifice,
Brought many sons to glory.
His battle-plan and mighty work,
Was making Himself humble.
That God became a man by birth,
To make the prideful stumble.
To win the war, He bared Himself,
And stripped off all His grandeur.
He took on sins of darkest hell,
Accepting human standards.
Yes He became as one of us,
And loved to call us brothers,
Though He into our wants was thrust,
And in our needs He suffered.
Yet why did He this pain accept?
But to destroy the Devil.
That He as man might suffer death,
Then death o’erturn and level.
And that He might buy back my life,
And free my soul from slavery.
And now a son, the church His wife –
This plan was all to save me.

Absolute Authority (Hebrews 2:5-9)

As glorious as flaming angels are,
Was anything entrusted unto them?
God did not let them rule a single star,
But gave the world as the domain of men.
And Jesus Christ claims all authority,
And He redeemed His people from their plight.
Though He descended to mortality,
He’s now exalted, given His birth-right.
And absolute His power now holds sway,
And nothing is exempted from His reign,
Though you may never see it in your day,
Until that time when heaven’s shores we gain.
Have faith – the substance of the things not seen –
And you’ll be given this all-mighty King!