What This World Needs

Since hear­ing it for the first time when I bought Cast­ing Crowns’ new album The Altar and the Door, I haven’t been able to get this song (“What This World Needs”) out of my mind. I want to share the lyrics with you, but I also would like to share what Cast­ing Crowns them­selves say about the song with­in the album lin­er notes:

Gala­tians is the main basis for this song. False teach­ers were slip­ping in and adding to the Gospel. Jesus + being good = the believ­er’s life. Paul builds in a foun­da­tion for the Gala­t­ian peo­ple that it is by faith in Jesus that we are saved. Even today, we, the church, are in dan­ger of adding to the Gospel. Jesus plus my denom­i­na­tion. Jesus plus our style of wor­ship. Jesus plus good behav­ior. We must be care­ful not to strap our­selves to the Gospel.

2 Corinthi­ans 6:3–13 / Colos­sians 1:13–23 / John 17 / Romans 12:9–21 / Matthew 7:1–3 / John 7:24 / Romans 16:17–19 / Philip­pi­ans 3:18–20


What This World Needs Lyrics

What this world needs is not anoth­er one hit won­der with an ax to grind,
Anoth­er two bit politi­cian ped­dling lies,
Anoth­er three ring cir­cus society.
What this world needs is not anoth­er sign wav­ing super saint that’s bet­ter than you,
Anoth­er ear pleas­ing can­dy man afraid of the truth,
Anoth­er prophet in an Armani suit.

What this world needs is a Sav­ior who will rescue,
A Spir­it who will lead,
A Father who will love them in their time of need.
What this world needs is a Sav­ior who will rescue,
A Spir­it who will lead,
A Father who will love…
That’s what this world needs.

What this world needs is for us to care more about the inside than the outside.
Have we become so blind that we can’t see
God’s got­ta change her heart before He changes her shirt?
What this world needs is for us to stop hid­ing behind our relevance,
Blend­ing in so well that peo­ple can’t see the difference,
And it’s the dif­fer­ence that sets the world free.

What this world needs is a Sav­ior who will rescue,
A Spir­it who will lead,
A Father who will love them in their time of need.
What this world needs is a Sav­ior who will rescue,
A Spir­it who will lead,
A Father who will love…
That’s what this world needs.

== Spo­ken ==
Peo­ple aren’t con­fused by the Gospel, they’re con­fused by us.
Jesus is the only way to God, but we are not the only way to Jesus.
This world does­n’t need my tie, my hoody, my denom­i­na­tion, or my trans­la­tion of the Bible.
They just need Jesus.
We can be pas­sion­ate about what we believe, but we can’t strap our­selves to the Gospel because we’re slow­ing it down.
Jesus is going to save the world, but maybe the best thing we can do is just get out of the way.
== End spoken ==

What this world needs is a Sav­ior who will rescue,
A Spir­it who will lead,
A Father who will love them in their time of need.
What this world needs is a Sav­ior who will rescue,
A Spir­it who will lead,
A Father who will love…
That’s what this world needs.

Jesus is our Sav­ior, that’s what this world needs.
Father’s arms around you, that’s what this world needs.
That’s what this world needs.


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