As we stand on the threshold of a new and exciting chapter in our journey, I want to share and reflect on the words of 1 Peter 4:7-11.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. — 1 Peter 4:7-11
It’s incredible how these verses resonate with our current season, just four days away from Launch Sunday on September 10, 2023.
“The end of all things is near…” These words capture the sense of anticipation and readiness that fills our hearts as we approach this significant moment.
Our season of preparation, marked by Community Dinners, campus events, and growing together, has been a sweet and unforgettable experience—and one that will continually grow and add many more memories, too!
But one of the sweetest memories I’ll cherish and continue to cherish beyond our launch is what Peter penned in the latter part of verse 7:
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.”
Through the gift of prayer and fervent prayer at that, we have encountered the heart and presence of our Heavenly Father in profound ways. It has transformed our hearts, and we’ve learned to serve and love God and others well in every facet of our lives.
I hope and pray that this transformation of our hearts and lives continues to flourish, reaching and touching many more.
So, as we gather to thank, pray, and petition God tonight, I pray that His love may overflow in our hearts for all people (verse 8) to know Him.
Because the love we’ve received from God through the atoning work of Christ Jesus has changed us, it’s the love that canceled our sins, reconciled us with God, and made us new.
Now, our mission is to share this love with our families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even those we haven’t met yet.
I pray that God orchestrates divine encounters for us right up to the moments leading to Launch Sunday. May every interaction, every word, every gesture, and every prayer and song communicate His boundless love for each individual.
But our mission doesn’t stop at Launch Sunday. It extends into our daily lives, where we continue to live out the gospel of Jesus.
Our goal: To serve God and love others well, bearing witness to the transformative power of Jesus in the lives of Fort Worth residents across every community and campus, being made whole in Jesus.
Remember, God hears our prayers. He has answered, is answering, and will continue to answer our prayers according to His will until the glorious day of Jesus’ return.
And as Peter beautifully concluded in verse 11, let our hearts resound with praise for His will, and His will alone, to be done Launch Sunday (and beyond): “…To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
Join us tonight at 8 pm via Zoom, believing in the extraordinary work God has in store for us and for our beloved Fort Worth.
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown
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Join us in our 12-week ‘We Are The Church’ Bible study on the Book of Acts, where we explore the birth and growth of the Church and how these stories connect with us as individuals and as a local church. Order your copy of ‘Acts: A 12-Week Study (Knowing the Bible)’ before September 17th.
P.S.S. Mark your calendar and join us for food and fun at The Brown’s house (text The Browns for location details).
Sunday, Sep. 17th @ 5 pm
Sunday, Oct. 15th @ 5 pm
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).
Alvin Brown, the Lead Pastor of Mosaic Church Fort Worth, brings over a decade of pastoral ministry experience and more than 20 years of operational and technical leadership expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Mallary, and their three children and contributing as a writer to various media outlets.