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Five Relationship Connections

Today is Reconnect Sunday. I want us to think about the five relationship connections we all experience. God wants you to grow in all five of these. These five relationship connections are crucial for your spiritual growth, joy, and peace.

The five relationship connections are…

  • God’s relationship with you
  • Your relationship with God
  • Your relationship with others
  • Others relationship with you
  • Your relationship with you

Before we look at each one, let me give you some general observations. Continue reading

Unmanaged Anxiety (Luke 10:38-42, Part 1)

You anxiety is talking to you. Your anxiety is trying to convince you that if you don’t do something then something bad will happen or it will not get done right. You are the only one who can do this. Your anxiety will tell you that you are not good enough and you are not worthy enough and that’s why people leave you. Your anxiety wants you to believe that if you have enough information, knowledge, and wisdom then you will have all the answer then you will be successful and people will like you. Anxiety will work you to death by convincing you that you have to be there for everyone and that you are less of a person if you say no. Anxiety wants you to believe that you must make everyone happy and you need their approval and acceptance to be happy. Continue reading

Experiencing Growth

This series of lessons introduces you to the vision, mission, and strategy of Genesis Church. “Experiencing Growth” introduces you to the five stages of spiritual growth. Everyone you know is at one of these stages. This lesson will help you to identify where they are spiritually and how to help them grow. Continue reading

Following Jesus (Part 2)

Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19, HCSB). Let’s review.

First of all, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” A disciple is someone who has made a decision to follow Christ. They thought it through, have repented (which means a change of mind) and surrendered their life to Jesus. This deals with the head (for more details on what it means to “follow me” see part 1 of this series).

Secondly, Jesus says, “I will make you.” A disciple is being changed by Jesus. As we follow Jesus He changes us internally. We gain a new heart that begins to desire new things. Our values begin to align up with God’s kingdom. Our motives and emotions are reflecting God’s values more and more. We become more other-centered rather than self-centered. There is a distinction about us that says we love God and love people. Jesus is making us and transforming us into His image. This deals with our heart. Continue reading

Follow Me (part 1)

Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19, HCSB). That is a powerful statement and is packed full of meaning. There are three major phrases in that statement. 

First of all, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” A disciple is someone who has made a decision to follow Christ. They thought it through, have repented (which means a change of mind) and surrendered their life to Jesus. This deals with the head.

Secondly, Jesus says, “I will make you.” A disciple is being changed by Jesus. As we follow Jesus He changes us internally. We gain a new heart that begins to desire new things. Our values begin to align up with God’s kingdom. Our motives and emotions are reflecting God’s values more and more. We become more other-centered rather than self-centered. There is a distinction about us that says we love God and love people. Jesus is making us and transforming us into His image. This deals with our heart.

Third, Jesus says He will make us “fish for people.” Jesus saved us for a purpose. You have a mission. You have a ministry. You have a job to do in God’s kingdom. You have been created in such a way and have been given a spiritual gift that equips you to reach and minister to other people (Eph. 2:8-10). This deals with your hands.

When Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fish for people,” He was addressing their head, heart, and hands: what they thought, how they felt, and what they did. This was a call to total life transformation. Continue reading

ThankFULL

People everywhere want to know what God’s will is for their life. I may not be able to tell you what God’s will is regarding who you should marry, what college you should attend, what job you should take, or whether or not God wants you to buy a new house, but I can with great confidence tell you that it is God’s will for you to be thankful regardless of who you marry, what college you go to, what job you take, or what house you buy. There is never a circumstance where you cannot be thankful in, and here is why. Continue reading

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