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watermark.org As we wrap up our series, Better Together, we end with the community core value that is really the culmination of faithfully practicing the other five: Engage Missionally. The church was never meant to be some holy huddle, but rather, a group of people that engaged, loved, and served the world aroun...

J O I N U S ! ! Take a day to love our city through serving and engaging with people.

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Sweet weekend of being God’s people in the city of Dallas. Praying the Lord would continue to grow a passion for reaching the lost in the hearts of each of these friends!

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Thanks for joining us for the last 30 days as we have challenged you to think, pray, and act outside of yourself to love those around you as the Lord has called us to. We hope it has been a sweet month of boldness. We'd love to hear any stories that have come as a result of this challenge! Please share and enjoy your Christmas with your family!

The moment has come. The Messiah has arrived. We've been waiting with great anticipation for this moment. We were created with desire for the coming King. Who do you get to share this celebration with tomorrow?

The story of the birth of Jesus is a powerful one -- that He would leave the presence of His Father to enter the world as a baby is a story of humility, grace, and a deep love. Pray that story would impact someone on your Top 10 list on a whole new level this week.

"So, being affectionately desirous for you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us." 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Discipleship can look very different for different people and relationships. Who are you currently in a discipleship relationship with? If no one, who can you seek out to challenge, encourage, and share your life with, so you may both be mutually encouraged?

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

"who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:6-8

Did you have an opportunity to share the Gospel in the last 24 hours or maybe your story or maybe get to encourage someone outside of your community with Scripture? Pray for them and let them know that you are.

"He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming soon.' Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!'" Revelation 22:20

As He promised, He is coming back soon. May we feel the urgency to share that with others, so they may join us in eternity with our Father.

One of the most important parts of discipleship is follow up. As you continue to invest in those who are not close to Christ, they will be more drawn to Him. Remembering little details that were shared with you, shows that you care and reflects Christ's love for them and attention to detail.

Christmas Eve is just over a week away! Don't forget to take an opportunity to invite someone to join you at a Christmas Eve service.

Check out http://www.watermark.org/dallas/christmas-eve-at-watermark-1 to learn more about our services at Watermark.

This could be someone you just started praying for last week or someone you have been praying for, for years. Take time to invest in this person, so you will have an opportunity to share Christ's love with them. While at coffee, invite them to the Christmas Eve service.

Did you know you could be your community group's service chair? Check out www.watermark.org/go and plan out a service opportunity your community group can do together.

When you think of Jesus, what words do you use to describe Him to others? We tend to have images stored up in our mind. Having a more robust view of who God is will allow you to relate more fully His deity to others. Meditate on some of God's attributes that you might not naturally gravitate towards.

Did you know the average American spends over 4 hours on their phone each day? How many opportunities are you missing to pray for someone you walk by or even to engage with someone who may not know Jesus because you are distracted by your cell phone? Take the next 24 hours and pray the Lord would open your eyes to the people in front of you.

What word would you use to describe this season? Meditate on that for 5 minutes each morning for the next week.

Is there something your church could improve during their mid-week ministries that would make you more likely to invite someone? Brainstorm some ideas and pray through what your best next step is to initiate change.

A "Top 10 List" is a list of 10 people in your life who do not know Jesus and whose heart you would love to see changed.

Use this Top 10 Card to stick in your Bible --> www.tinyurl.com/top10page

Each group can be different, maybe we talk about evangelism, but we really aren't talking about discipleship. Or we talk about discipleship but not evangelism. Or maybe we just talk about good works but without the Gospel. Sometimes we don’t even talk about how we are engaged missionally because we so caught up with our own problems. Does your community group lean towards one of these?

Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6 that even he was fearful and didn’t know what to say sometimes--that is why he asked for prayer.

In our world, we let so much get in the way of seeing the person in front of us. We're busy, we're on our phones, we're consumed in thoughts of ourselves. Take the next 24 hours to slow down, maybe put your phone away, and pray the Lord would give you eyes to see the person in front of you who needs to hear your story of grace.

One of our favorite apologetics verses is 1 Peter 3:15, but have you ever recognized that the verse implies that people are asking you about the hope you have? Where are there opportunities for you to live a more hope-filled life?

Maybe the office Christmas party is about to come up? Or people are planning for vacation? Or there is a buzz about the favorite new kids toy? Find a bridge to talk about what Christmas means to you.

Is there something your church could improve on the weekend services that would make you more likely to invite someone? Brainstorm some ideas and pray through what your best next step is to initiate change.

We hope the first week of the challenge has been fruitful already, and you've had the opportunity to have some good conversations. Share about one with a roommate, community group member, family member, or friend and invite them to join you for the next three weeks.

Did you know that "Engage Missionally" is 1 of the 6 community core values? How is your community doing at being missionally minded and holding one another accountable to it?

Check out this talk from JP at Better Together on accountability -- specifically with evangelism. http://www.watermark.org/message/4413?utm_source=site-wide-search (link in profile)

Is there a story that resonates with you most from the Bible? Maybe the woman at the well, Lazarus being raised from the dead, the rich young ruler, the prodigal son, the thief on the cross? How does this story tie into your own? Let us know how it goes when you share that with someone!

This could be a coworker, neighbor, waiter, or someone you walked by at the grocery store. Or maybe you realize that you haven't even noticed because you were busy with your day- pray you would slow down and pay attention.

Some people will never know the impact they have made on us. Take this opportunity to encourage someone who played a big role in you coming to know Christ.

Coming back from a holiday is the perfect time to have a conversation with a co-worker. No matter if you come from a great family situation, relationships are strained, or you didn’t have the opportunity to spend it with family- it is a great time to be authentic and learn about their family.

When is the last time you invited someone to come and see and they actually showed up? Maybe offer to bring them, not just invite them. Church can be an overwhelming place some times, and going together can make it less intimidating.

"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

God is able to far more than we could ask for. Imagine what He could do if we prayed every day for Him to change just one person.

We're so excited to see how the Lord uses this to impact each of you during the holiday season. Please let us know how it goes by posting in the comments what you experience and how we can pray for you. You can also email us at [email protected].

Christmas is the easiest time of the year to talk about the story of Jesus. You’re invited to join us for a 30 Day Evangelism Challenge and grow alongside us to be more effective at engaging in spiritual conversations. Interested in more information? Sign up to receive Unashamed emails using this link!

https://my.watermark.org/Registration?RegistrationInstanceId=564

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT! 💥 Cornerstone Crossroads Academy

“I look forward to Unashamed weekends the most! The volunteers come in with an open and tender heart toward those we serve. They are humble and willing to help in any way. We feel encouraged and strengthened by the work we get done and also the sweet time of fellowship! Some of our long-term volunteers have come from that first experience at CCA on an Unashamed weekend!” Kristi Lichtenberg, CCA Executive Director

Interested in serving with CCA or learning more about what they do? Check out www.cornerstonecrossroads.org

That’s a wrap 2018! We ended the year with a bang as 150 students from @watermarkcollege took the city by storm to serve, share the Gospel, and have some fun! Be on the lookout for stories to come and how you can get involved in 2019!

“Evangelism is about your willingness to go.” -Jesus Film Project

No matter where you go — to your neighbors, to the grocery store, to the other side of the world — you have a choice to make. Is the person in front of you worth you making the choice to engage in a spiritual conversation? Jesus sure thinks so.

Where can you “go” today to make the active choice to love someone? Are you willing and available to be used?

1,400 soldiers have accepted Christ over a 6 month time period. God is at work in our nation. Be encouraged by the story of Army Chaplain Jose Rondon.

“To be intentional is to be faithful to Christ and obedient to His Great Commission.” -Jose Rondon

What are you doing to be intentional with those around you?

https://tinyurl.com/GreatAwakeningAmerica

“Evangelism is wise work.” -Jesus Film Project

“Wise people influence others to follow the way of wisdom, which includes turning to God for salvation.” -Dr. Constable

There is wisdom in being yielded to the Spirt to allow God to change lives through the act of evangelism.

Take a moment to stop and pray with us for the elections happening across our nation — that believers would vote, that believers would be prayerful about where to place their votes, and that the Lord would be glorified through the outcomes.

We encourage you to take a step of faithfulness and hit the polls today! It’s a gift to be part of a democratic society. Let’s make our voices heard through voting!

“Evangelism is about increasing God’s renown.” -Jesus Film Project

What a gift it is that God has called us to make His name known along the nations. May we put that gift to use on a daily basis and praise the Lord through the way we love others.

“We approached a man sitting alone in Klyde Warren Park with his overpriced lunch in front of him and a podcast playing through the headphones in his ears. We asked to join him and explained, ‘We’re here talking to people about their faith.’ We spent time chatting about our faith, his loneliness, and our hope. After we left his text to us read, ‘Thanks for your time today. I don’t get people everyday cheering my hopes up. I’ll be attending the Porch this week.’” — Frank and Lauren

How sweet it is to get to meet people with the hope we find in Christ. All it takes is engaging in a simple conversation. #unashamedlifestyle

May we not forget the power prayer can have on changing our city. Join us in prayer today that God would transform lives in the people of Dallas.

“if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬

“I put my trust in Jesus as my savior when I was in elementary school, but I had never shared the Gospel with a complete stranger until my first Unashamed weekend in March 2014. Unashamed helped prep me for overseas discipleship trips and teaching the Gospel weekly with my high school small group. Being a Fellow in the Watermark Institute this year is directly correlated with the life change I’ve experienced through saying “YES” to the daily opportunities the Lord puts in front of me to minister to others.” -Elizabeth Hoffman

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