Enunciate: say or pronounce clearly; express in clear or definite terms; proclaim

In the world today, there is a lot of noise coming from all directions. There is noise about what is going on in other parts of the world, in our country, in our schools, in our communities, and in our families. There is noise about what we should do, what to be afraid of, what to wear, what to believe and more. With all of this noise going on around us, it can be hard for believers to clearly tell others what they believe. It is, however, important that we as believers of Christ be able to clearly share the Gospel with those around us. A recent Barna study on Generation Z states that “1 in 7 feels unprepared to talk about the foundational beliefs of Christianity.” (Gen Z by Barna page 84). With this, we at MissionLab believe that it is important for every believer to be able to clearly articulate what they believe. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” With that in mind, our theme this year is ENUNCIATE, which means to say or pronounce clearly. We hope to help every believer that comes to MissionLab this year be able to better ENUNCIATE and proclaim what they believe.

This year at MissionLab we hope that our devotionals, preaching, and other aspects of the program will help those who come be able to clearly ENUNCIATE what they believe in Christ and leave better prepared to go out into their world to share Christ with gentleness and respect for others. “Peter did not suggest that Christians argue with lost people, but rather that we present to the unsaved an account of what we believe and why we believe it, in a loving manner.” (Wiersbe Page 414) While we share our faith with others we must do so in a gentle and respectful way, being able to give a reasoned response to those that may question our faith. We hope that after a week at MissionLab, participants are better prepared to tell about the hope that they have in Christ and will have had opportunities to share Christ in a loving and respectful way while serving here in New Orleans.