One of life’s greatest joys and challenges for me daily is remembering my core identity: I’m a son first and foremost, then a husband, and following a father, and everything else naturally takes its place beyond these three.
This awareness of my roles constantly reminds me of who I am and whose I am.
In Christ Jesus, I gain clarity about my purpose and how I should live this life. Being in right relationship with God because of Christ Jesus allows me to serve and love others while honoring God.
In our household, we often repeat a simple phrase: “To serve and love others well.” Ask the Brown kids, “What are we called to do?” and they’ll confidently tell you, “Serve and love others well.”
It’s not just something we say. It’s the guiding principle by which we live our lives, emulating the love of Jesus as He displayed on the cross.
Reflecting on this selfless expression of love, I’m reminded too of how Paul beautifully conveyed his joyful love, steeped in grace and truth, when he wrote to the Philippian community, a group dedicated to serving and loving others well in sharing the Gospel of Jesus:
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. — Philippians 1:3-11
As Launch Sunday approaches, my heart swells with gratitude, especially as I pray for each of you by name, just as Paul did for the Philippian community.
Each of you is wholeheartedly dedicating your talents, time, and resources to the life and ministry of Jesus at Mosaic Church Fort Worth. Through your actions, others will experience the love of Jesus and develop a deeper relationship with Him as we serve and love them well.
Like Paul, I’m overjoyed by your dedication to partner with God, one another, and us as God builds His church through our lives.
As days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and months into years, I’m confident, as you should be too, that God will ensure the work of sharing the gospel—the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection—with the communities and campuses in Fort Worth will continue until the day of our Savior and Lord Jesus’ return.
Through a love steeped in grace and truth, as we serve God and love others well, this overflowing love, rooted in the love Jesus first showed us—saving us all from sin and restoring our relationship with God—gives us confidence in God’s transformative power.
His divine presence changes not only us but also impacts the lives of those around us—our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and even strangers who will soon become our brothers and sisters in Christ.
So, as we gather to pray tonight, let’s rejoice in the experiential knowledge that, through God’s providential grace, we are transformed as we live and share the gospel of Jesus.
Moreover, the lives of those we touch are transformed, too, and become a testimony to what it truly means to serve God and love others well.
See you tonight at 8 pm on Zoom.
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown
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Additionally, we will make space to pray for God to extend His reach beyond the limits of our city and into the world, seeking His wisdom, unity, safety, and provision for the following people and initiatives:
Let’s pray for Cross-Cultural Missionary McKayla Hunter, who is embarking on a journey to discern God’s unique calling in Panama. Her mission begins in January 2024 as she joins hands with the local Every Nation church, Every Nation Panama.
Let’s pray for Pastor Benjamin and Veronica Jones, dedicated to planting Reflection Church in Pasadena, California, and on campuses such as Pasadena City College and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). They aspire to establish an authentic community of devoted Jesus followers who experience daily transformation, shedding their former ways to wholeheartedly embrace the life led by Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit to live anew.
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.