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There’s a Romance From the Start

Dr. Douglas Groothuis

“Listen . . . with all your might; hear the living and active word. The teaching and preaching of God’s imperishable word is truly a sacred event whereby the Truth penetrates hearts and minds, consciences are quickened, sin is disclosed, salvation is offered, wisdom is imparted . . . if we listen, if we actively engage ourselves in hearing, if we participate as the Holy Spirit works in our midst.”
—Douglas Groothuis

“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.”
—1Thessalonians 2:13

“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
—Romans 10:17

There’s a Romance From the Start

There’s a Living Word at work here,
Language from The Father's Heart…
There’s a Maker, there’s a Reason,
There’s a Romance from the Start.

Listen closely…there’s true Meaning
That transcends the world we’re in…
There’s a Lover who is waiting,
Truth who overcomes our sin.

Yes, there’s Good News from beyond us,
Broadcast Seed we’re made to hear…
Seed created to be planted,
Sown to bring salvation near.

He’s the Sower, Life Eternal
In whose image we are made…
He’s the Life who paid the Ransom,
And the Ransom that was paid.

He’s the Remedy for blindness,
Healing Salve for mortal wounds,
He’s the Grace revealed by hearing,
Hope and Blessing coming soon.

He’s the Perfect Lamb, a Person,
He’s The Plan you may have heard,
God Incarnate, Son the Bridegroom…
His proposal is The Word.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
—Hebrews 4:12

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life”
(John 5:24).

"For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."- 1Corinthians 1:18