FREELY, FREELY                                                                            written in 1972

The Story

            Jimmy and Carol Owens make up a songwriting team that became known to the world during the Jesus Movement of the 1970s.

One Sunday evening after a church service, Jimmy and Carol were eating with Jack Hayford, pastor of the Church on the Way, just northeast of Los Angeles. Pastor Hayford suggested, “Why don’t you write a musical about our church?” This suggestion wasn’t intended to focus on their particular church as much as it was meant to focus on the principles of ministry that had made the church successful.

Jimmy and Carol began to work on the project immediately. They saw it as “a gift from God to the universal church”. Working with singer Pat Boone, they put together the Come Together musical. In 1973, they took the musical to England, where it was presented 400 times, often in large halls in cathedrals. Across the United States, young people of diverse churches were coming together in new ways that hadn’t been experienced before.

At the heart of this musical were the simple words and melody of “Freely, Freely”, written by Carol, and taken from the instructions of Jesus as He sent out His disciples: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8).

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – share the Christ you have been freely given.

CHORUS

Freely, freely, you have received;

Freely, freely give.

Go in My name and, because you believe,

others will know that I live.

 

God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name.

I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name.

And in Jesus’ name I come to you

to share His love as He told me to.

He said… (CHORUS)

 

All pow’r is giv’n in Jesus’ name;

in earth and Heav’n in Jesus’ name,

and in Jesus’ name I come to you

to share His power as He told me to.

He said…  (CHORUS)

 

God gives us life in Jesus’ name;
He lives in us in Jesus’ name,
and in Jesus’ name I come to you
to share His peace as He told me to.

He said… (CHORUS)

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