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Who is Jesus? (Matthew 1:18)

Welcome to Genesis Church and Merry Christmas to everyone. If this is your first time here, my name is Jeff and I’m one of the pastors. Over the past few weeks we have been in a series of lessons that we are calling A Whoville Christmas. We are asking and answering questions like, “Who were the angels?” and “Who were Mary and Joseph?” We have been looking at them to see life lessons that God is saying to us through them. Today, we focus on the primary Who in Christmas. So, who is Jesus? What is God saying to us through Him and why did God send His only Son and why do we celebrate His birth? Why is it a big deal? Continue reading

Who Are Mary & Joseph? (Matthew 1:18-25)

If you have your Bibles turn to Matthew 1 or you can follow on the outline provided for you. We are in a series of lessons called A Whoville Christmas. We are looking at who some of the key people are and what God is teaching us through them.

  • Our youth pastor, started the series by looking at the first who, and that was you and what kind of person does God want you to be this Christmas.
  • Last week we answered the question, “Who are the angels?” We learned that the angels remind us of the supernatural aspect of the Christmas story and were reminded through them to be messengers of God’s good news and to glorify God in all we do.
  • Today, we answer the question, “Who are Mary & Joseph?” What is God telling us through them? What are some practical lessons we can learn from them?

When I think of Mary and Joseph, I think of three words that describe them. Three character traits that God wants you to have this Christmas and throughout the year. Continue reading

Who Are the Angels?

My name is Jeff and we are in a series of lessons called A Who-ville Christmas. In this series we are looking at who are some of the key players in the Christmas story and lessons God teaches us through them. Last week Ben helped us to look at you and who you would be this Christmas and what kind of person you would be.

Today, we are going to take a look at the angels and who they are and what lessons God is teaching us through them. Continue reading

Motivating One Another (Hebrews 10:24)

Today we conclude the Body Language series. If this is your first time here, we have been going through the one another statements in the Bible. The Bible says things like love one another, serve one another, forgive one another and restore one another. In your bulletin you will find a sermon outline that you can use to help you follow along, but also you will find a summary sheet of the “One Another Statements” we have looked at over the past several weeks.

Today we are focusing our attention on Hebrews 10:24 which says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works” (NLT). There are acts of love that are difficult and time consuming and there are good works that are emotionally draining and inconvenient. You will find yourself getting wearing loving some people, because they are hard to love. They disappoint you, make bad decisions, and it often feels like they are using you. As a result you become tired of loving them and doing good toward them. You may become generally worn out of loving people in general and doing good in general. Continue reading

Honor One Another (Romans 12:10)

Think about a time you were honored. When someone spoke of your value to the family, how significant you were to the company, or how important you were to the team. Maybe they thanked you for something you did for them.

How did it make you feel? Did it inspire you to do more of the same? Did it make the sacrifice worthwhile? Did it give you confidence? Was it uplifting to you on the inside? That’s what honoring others does. Honoring others motivates, inspires, builds up, and energizes. Honoring others makes those who feel insignificant, feel significant. Those who feel forgotten, remembered. For those who want to quit, to rise up with new determination. Continue reading

Restoring One Another (Galatians 6:1-2)

If this is your first time here, my name is Jeff. And before we get started with today’s lesson I want to say thank you to everyone who made Pastor Appreciation Month incredible. We received all kinds of gifts, gift cards, meals, words of encouragement and appreciation. It was like Christmas in October. It is a joy to be one of your pastors and I’m so glad God has blessed me with such a wonderful church body. You are a blessing to me and my family.

We are in a series of lessons looking at the “one another” statements in the Bible. So far we have looked at how to encourage one another, forgive one another, serve one another, love one another, accept one another, and admonish one another. Today we are looking at restoring one another. Continue reading

Admonishing One Another (Romans 15:14)

If this is your first time here, my name is Jeff and I’m one of the pastors here at Genesis Church. We are in a series of messages called Body Language. The word Body refers to the church body and the word Language refers to how we talk to one another and treat each other. In this series of lessons we are focusing on the “one another” statements in the Bible. So far we have looked at how to encourage one another, love one another, forgive one another, accept one another and serve one another.

Today, we are going to examine what it means to admonish one another. Generally speaking, we are getting admonished or admonishing all the time. Continue reading

Serving One Another (1 Peter 4:10)

We are in a series of lessons called Body Language. We are using the word Body to refer to the church body and the word Language to refer to how to treat and speak to one another. In this series of lessons we are focusing on the “one another” statements in the Bible. So far we have looked at how to encourage one another, love one another, forgive one another, and accept one another.

Today we are going to examine what it means to serve one another. It’s important that you serve others and to let others serve you. God designed you to need others. You need others in your life to help you grow, think, feel, and do what God has called you to do. There are people in your life who you are perfectly designed to bless, encourage, and serve. You bring to their table exactly what they need. On the other hand there are people in your life that are exactly what you need. They bring to your table exactly what you need. Continue reading

Accepting One Another (Romans 15:7)

Take your Bible and turn to Romans 15. We are in a series of lessons looking at the “one another” statements in the Bible. God’s Word says things like encourage one another, love one another, and forgive one another. All these “one another” statements we are calling Body Language. How the church body talks to one another, serves one another and encourages one another. Today we are looking at what God has to say about accepting one another. Continue reading

Forgiving One Another (Colossians 3:13)

Today we are going to consider the importance and power of forgiveness. Everyone in this room is either needing to forgive someone or will need to forgive someone or needing forgiveness from someone else. In your life people are going to be unkind, impolite, and rude. Some of you have been mistreated and abused. Some things in your life should not have been said or happened, but they did happen and it was said. Listen carefully, without forgiveness your life will be governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. For your personal growth and peace you must learn to be a forgiver of people.   Continue reading

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