by Brian McLaren, 2004; adapted by Journey I.F.C.

He cast out evil powers and confronted corrupt leaders.

He cleansed the temple.

He favored the poor.

He turned water into wine, walked on water, calmed storms.

 

He died to show his love to the whole world,

Rose from the dead, returned to God,

Sent the Spirit to us.

 

We have confidence in Jesus

Who taught in word and example, sign and wonder.

He preached parables of the Kingdom of God

On hillsides, from boats, in the temple, in homes, at banquets and parties, along the road, on beaches, in towns, by day and by night.

 

He taught the way of love for God and neighbor,

For stranger and enemy, for outcast and alien.

 

 

We have confidence in Jesus,

Who called disciples, led them, gave them new names and new purpose,

And sent them out to preach good news.

He washed their feet as a servant.

He walked with them, ate with them, called them friends, corrected them, encouraged them,

Promised to leave and then return,

And promised to be with them always.

 

He taught them to pray.

He rose early to pray, stole away to desolate places,

Fasted and faced agonizing tests, wept in a garden,

And prayed, "Not my will, but yours be done."

He rejoiced, he sang, he feasted, he wept.

 

We have confidence in Jesus,

So we follow him, learn his ways,

Seek to obey his teaching, and live by his example.

We walk with him, walk in him, abide in him,

As a branch from a vine.

 

We have not seen him, but we are with him.

His words are to us words of forever-life, and to know him is to have seen the true and living God.

We do not see him now, but we have confidence in Jesus.

 
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