Woodlawn, and the Power of the Gospel

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” Romans 1:16. Pureflix’s new movie, Woodlawn, clearly demonstrates this verse!

Based off of a true story, Woodlawn focuses on a high school in Birmingham, Alabama. Because of laws that were passed, the school was forced to become integrated, allowing both black and white students to attend. Black students were also allowed on the football team, which made the team members angry. All of this changed when a sports chaplain name Hank came to town and shared the gospel with the team. Almost the entire team responded by accepting Christ. After this happened, Coach Tandy Geralds found himself wondering why his team was the only place in the city where white and black people actually got along! However, the revival the football team had experienced soon spread to the rest of the school, a rival team, and the entire town, resulting in many, many lives changed by the gospel! The individuals who had experienced the power of the gospel in their own lives were not ashamed of it, and very bold in sharing their faith, standing up for it even in the face of adversity.

All throughout the movie, we see what happens when Jesus steps into people’s lives – hatred is replaced by love and respect for others, enemies become friends, and many are drawn to Him through His transforming power, displayed in the lives of those who have turned to Him. This is the kind of effect the gospel has! There is nothing else that can work this kind of a change – both individually and corporately among His followers. No amount of self-effort, motivational talk, or anything else can bring about true life transformation. The good news of what Christ has done is the power of God to save anyone and everyone who believes – no matter who they were or what they may have done before they accepted it!

Just like the people at Woodland high school whose lives were changed by the good news of Christ, we should be unashamed of our faith. Why be ashamed of something with that kind of power? The gospel is nothing to be embarrassed of or timid about – even though it may not be popular in our modern culture, it is what this world desperately needs. As a matter of fact, it is so amazing and exciting we should want to share it whenever we get the chance! Ask God to give you opportunities to share the gospel with those who need to be exposed to it.

Woodlawn clearly demonstrates both the transforming power of the gospel, and the fact that when we stand unashamed of it, amazing things can happen. If you haven’t already done so, will you accept what Christ has done for you? And if you have, will you begin to share the good news with others?

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”

God Hasn’t Given You A Spirit Of Fear

2 timothy 1 7This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Timothy 1:7. This verse states that God hasn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

“Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!”

Repost of “No Need For Fear.”

No Need For Fear

No Need For FearWeek 37 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was 1 Timothy 5 -6, and 2 Timothy 1-3. These chapters finish Paul’s first letter and begin his second letter to Timothy, one of his partners is spreading the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!

Over All

Over AllWhat are you facing today? What are you up against? Do you feel like you’re on your own?

If so, know that you are NEVER alone. Jesus is with you always (Matthew 28:20). Not only is He always with you, but everything has been placed under His feet (Ephesians 1:22). Whatever you’re facing, know that it is under His feet, and that because you are in Him, it is under your feet, as well.

Christ has been made head over all for YOUR benefit (Ephesians 1:22)! All authority on heaven and earth is His (Matthew 28:18). As a member of His body on this earth, He has given you authority, as well. You have been given power over ALL the power of the devil (Luke 10:19)! When you use the name of Jesus, demons must flee, sickness must leave, and depression and anxiety must loosen their hold, for EVERYTHING must bow before the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10)!

In Christ, you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Believe this, and begin to experience the victory that God desires for you to walk in!

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