An Unashamed Life.

Published June 5, 2024

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An Unashamed Life.

What is the Gospel?

More importantly, what is and does the Gospel mean to you and everyone you encounter?

We continue exploring these questions and many more in our sermon series, The Gospel is for Everyone, as we reflect on and remember what we truly believe if we say we are followers of Jesus.

Paul, the author of Romans, seems to live and breathe the Gospel (the Good News of Jesus Christ)—unceasingly bringing it up whenever he gets the chance, unwaveringly holding fast to it, and incessantly giving its free gift to anyone he can.

We find this to be the main idea of chapter 1, and really, all of the book of Romans:

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” —Romans 1:16-17

What can you say of your life today? 

Where you live, work, and play, are you living unashamed of the Gospel? Are you living out your salvation publicly? 

How can you show up in these places in a new way today? 

Like the city of Rome, Fort Worth and the world at large are growing and bustling, full of people who desperately need Good News.

We discovered on Sunday that there’s something public to be displayed within our salvation of Jesus. There is something within the Gospel to be (1) declared to all, (2) prepared with one another and in secret, and (3) shared in all aspects of how we live daily. 

How heavily do you identify with the Gospel so much that your life, words, and actions declare it? 

Have you prepared within an authentic church community and in unceasing prayer to reach others with the Gospel? 

Do you share the Gospel explicitly on a regular basis, or have you ever shared your salvation story?

In light of these questions, we aim our hearts in prayer, asking God to be shaped and led by the Spirit to embody and express a boundless love for the Gospel. 

Moved from the apathy of shame to the empathetic, unashamed preaching of the Good News—the wonderful message of God’s redemption of sinful humanity through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

As Paul expresses in Romans 1:7-17, let’s pray for the following as we are led to share the Good News with our whole selves where we live, work, and play:

🙏Declare: God to guide us in sharing the Gospel through words and actions (inspired by Mark Galli, Christianity Today, “Speak the Gospel. Use deeds when necessary.”) and reveal His purpose in placing us around specific people and situations so that His will is done.

🙏Prepare: By His Spirit, may God guide us to encourage one other in our church family (for we need one another) and keep us ever-praying for those we encounter.

🙏Share: God to ignite an insatiable passion in us to share the Gospel’s free gift of salvation with Fort Worth and beyond, not keeping it to ourselves.

So, let’s pray, as Jesus taught us, for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. 

Let our hearts and voices cry out to God and seek Him so that everyone can know what the Gospel is and, most importantly, that the Gospel is for everyone to unashamedly and publicly receive, live, and give away freely—because Jesus paid it all for everyone.

See you at 12 pm on Zoom!

God bless,
Bria Lacour

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General Prayer Requests & Updates

For evangelism to flourish so communities and campuses in the greater Fort Worth area will be reached, and the lost will see and experience the love of Christ and be drawn to his kingdom.

For signs and wonders to follow the preaching of His Word.

For team unity and laborers to help carry the load.

For finances and provisions.

For fully funded campus missionaries (2 per campus) to help reach the next generation — Texas Christian University (TCU), Tarrant County College (TCC), Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) and Tarleton State University – Fort Worth (TSU), University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and Dallas Baptist University (DBU).

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