Adapted from Romans 5:6, 8-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
Leader: Hear the Word of the Lord: When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us…
All: God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
Leader: And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
All: So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God!
Isaiah 26:2-5 (NLT)
2 Open the gates to all who are righteous;
allow the faithful to enter.
3 You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
4 Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
5 He humbles the proud
and brings down the arrogant city.
He brings it down to the dust.
Matthew 5:3-5 (NLT)
3 “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a]
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.