Abide (I John 2:26-29)

I write to you concerning those,
Who try to lead astray,
Those on the narrow way,
The antichrists, the church’s foes,
Like planets wandering,
To hell their converts bring.

The Holy Spirit dwells in you,
And He supplies your need,
And guides your thoughts and deeds,
And He will show you what is true.
Accept Him as your guide,
And in His help abide.

The Word of God must guard your mind,
It searches soul and hearts,
Dividing flesh apart,
And let it all your actions bind,
The Bible at your side,
And in His Word abide.

The righteousness of God will show,
Within those called by Him,
His blood erases sin.
Not in your works, as you should know.
Then sacrifice your pride,
And in His works abide.

Dear children, oh! abide in Christ!
His Spirit, Word, and grace,
That when you see His face,
You do not shrink or flee His sight,
But rushing to His side,
In confidence abide.

Shwcase of Grace (Ephesians 2:19-22)

The Lord the father made,
In beauty, truth, and grace,
Creation thus displays,
The image of His face.
His image found in man,
His grace found in the church,
That we might understand,
That when for Him we search,
That He is manifest,
Within His church – His bride,
So we may see Him best,
When at our brother’s side.
Where two or more unite,
Then He is there with them.
If seeking after Christ,
Seek His forgiven men.
For if you hate His church,
You’ll never follow Him,
But you must love and serve,
Your brother, though he sin.
For then you will find Christ,
And then you see His grace,
His image in your life,
When in the church you’re placed.
The church is not His grace,
But in her is displayed.
We unity embrace,
That hell may be dismayed.
For then we show the Lord –
His unity in us –
Unto the watching world,
With every pride rebuffed.
Humility and grace,
And truth, and unity,
Are parts of Jesus’ face,
That in His church we see.

I John 1:1-4: Good News

This boundless, joyous news,
Extravagance of grace,
As lepers bearing food,
Unto a starving race:
Jehovah of the Jews,
To gentiles shows His ways,
And with His grace infused,
Proclaim this news in praise!

Who has always been,
Who we listened to,
Who we all have seen,
Who we touched His wounds,
The Word of life in Him,
Who came to me and you,
To take away the sin,
And in us life renew.

Incarnate life revealed,
In flesh before our eyes,
The covenantal seal,
Of which we testify.
And witness to what’s real,
That Jesus lived and died,
All brokenness to heal,
Who rose again to life!

Then we are joined to Christ,
And through Him partners made,
In fellowship, His bride,
And brothers in His grace,
That joy may full abide,
And joy be full displayed,
Then freely testify,
The grace you have obtained.