A life that counts for eternity is marked by boldness.
Do you find yourself wrestling with the desire to take a stand for truth and at the same time fear being viewed as intolerant? Describe that feeling and relate it to a real experience you've had where you felt the tension.
Where God's word speaks clearly, so should we. Where do you struggle to speak clearly to your friends, family and neighbors where the word is indeed clear? What moral issues do you struggle to view the same way scripture does?
What about the work of Jesus enables and empowers you to be bold in the way you proclaim the good news of the gospel even in light of possible persecution? How does our relationship with God relieve the fear we may experience when we share the gospel or take a moral stand?
Father we do desire to be bold in the way we proclaim your truth. Give us confidence and boldness because our standing is firmly secured in Christ. Let us fear you more than we fear man. We ask that you would help us to see whatever persecution we may face as your word directs us to, as something to rejoice in as it produces steadfastness in our hearts.
A life that counts for eternity is marked by holiness.
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." Be honest with yourself and take a good look at your heart. Are you proclaiming or denying Jesus by the way you live your life?
As you examine your heart and your life, ask the Spirit to convict you of sin. What sin struggles do you need to confess and work to put to death in your life?
Pursuing holiness requires vulnerability in Christ centered relationships. This is why the family aspect of Gospel Communities is so important. Have you allowed yourself to be vulnerable enough with your brothers and sisters in Christ in your GC to have accountability? Can you freely discuss your sin struggles?
God we recognize and worship you as holy. We feel the gravity of your holiness and in light of that we feel the weight of our sinfulness. We are so grateful that you have shown us mercy and provided a way for us to have a relationship with you. We desire to pursue the holy life that you call us to. We ask for the Spirit to work in our hearts to rid us of sin. Help us to follow the command of scripture and flee from evil, thinking on what is right, good and holy.
"Everything And Nothing Less"
Austin Stone Worship
A life that counts for eternity is marked by witness.
1 Peter 3:14-15
When we are a witness for Jesus we get to tell people about good news! The message we bring doesn't disregard judgement and the reality of hell but it is one of hope and reconciliation. How does that impact the way you talk to people about Jesus?
If someone were to ask you what you believed about Jesus, what would you say? Do you know the gospel story well enough to tell it?
Evangelism primarily happens in the context of relationship. That isn't to say that you should never share the gospel with someone you just met. Are you cultivating friendships with people who don't know Jesus in the hopes that you can tell them about Jesus?
God we pray that you would break our hearts for the lost in our city and the lost among our friends and family. We pray that you would soften their hearts to the gospel and embolden our hearts to speak it. Holy Spirit we ask for you to do your work of pointing the world to Jesus through us.
"Your Great Name"
Austin Stone Worship