The following text was inspired by Richard Hillert's tune, RIVER FOREST, and the refrain is based on the passage just quoted. The hymn text is written in free verse.
1. Continue in the things that you have learned,
Convinced by those who taught the sacred text;
The Holy Scriptures you have known since youth
Have brought you saving faith in Jesus Christ:
Refrain: Guard well that treasure
Given to you--
The Word of God's truth!
2. Fan into flame the Spirit's gift from God
Bestowed on you through laying on of hands.
Be bold, not timid--God will make you strong,
Self-disciplined, empow'red by holy love. Refrain
3. Be not ashamed, proclaim the living Lord,
And join with those who suffer for His sake;
For God's great mercy saved you by His grace:
His love in Christ before the world began. Refrain
4. Christ Jesus has destroyed the reign of death,
Brought life and immortality to light;
Now trust that He in whom you have believed
Will keep your faith secure until that Day. Refrain
5. Now in the presence of the Triune God--
Our holy Father, who in boundless love
Once sent His Son to die upon the cross
And through the Spirit brings this solemn charge: Refrain