Helping people experience God's truth

Category: Uncategorized (Page 1 of 5)

What to Expect this Year

God is not going to waste this coming year with you. God is going to do something significant in your life. I’m not a prophet, but I can with great confidence say that this year God is going to try to teach you about love: loving Him, loving others and loving you. These lessons on love will come from God’s Word, be illuminated by the Holy Spirit, exemplified by Jesus, and experienced in real life.

These lessons on love will cover five aspects of love.

  • How to receive God’s love
  • How to express love to God
  • How to love others
  • How to receive love from others
  • How to love yourself

God is going to work on those five aspects of love in your life. God is love and He wants you to be like Him. Let’s begin by defining what love is and then unpack each one. What is love? The Bible describes four different types of love. Continue reading

Jesus: The Shepherd (Mark 14:29)

Throughout God’s Word the Lord is described as your Shepherd and you are described as His sheep. Sheep are known to wander off the path and away from the flock. The Shepherd often must protect His sheep from the wolves, traps, thieves, and other dangers. Sheep will often scatter and run away and get lost when there is a storm, and become confused. They become overwhelmed by the circumstances and panic. When the storm is over the Shepherd will go and find the lost sheep and bring Him back.

Something similar is about to happen to the disciples. Something similar happens to you and me as followers of Jesus. As the Lord’s sheep we often fall away and wander off the path God wants us to stay on. We become frightened, confused, or angry at what is happening around us or to us and it causes us to fall away. However, like a good shepherd He restores us, reconciles us, comforts us, strengthens us, and refocuses us. We see all this in Mark 14:27-31. Continue reading

Jesus: Being Abandoned (Mark 14:27)

As a follower of Jesus, there are times where you are stronger than you think you are and there are times when you are weaker than you think you are. Learning to follow Jesus includes learning what your limitations are and learning from your failures.

Today, we are going to begin looking at Jesus telling His disciples they are about to lose their faith in Him, desert Him, and falter in their faithfulness. From this we are going to see some important lessons about ourselves when we begin to feel the world is falling apart around us and we blame God for it. At those times, if you begin to struggle trusting God, talking to God or defending God then you are not alone. Continue reading

Conversations Podcast

This is a podcast featuring conversations about life, theology, scripture, church and everything in between led by Jeff Stott along with various guest. Below are links to some of the series. For a full list of episodes go to your podcast provider and search for Conversations with Genesis Church

God’s DESIGN for You

In this series Jeff Stott and Billy Johnson discuss how God has uniquely created you for a purpose and ministry. By looking at how you are designed by God you discover insights for why you exist. Your DESIGN include your God given desires (D), your experiences (E), your spiritual gifting (S), your individual style (I), your maturity level and growth (G), and your natural ability (N). Once you understand how you are designed you will understand your purpose. The following link takes you to part 1 of this series. 

Continue reading

Jesus: Be on Guard! (Mark 13:1-8, Part 1)

Mark 13:1-8 (see also Matthew 24:1-7; Luke 21:5-11)

The most confident and excited people on the planet should be followers of Jesus. The Bible tells us how everything is going to end. We are told that Jesus Christ will return, God wins and we win. Everything will be made right. Today, we are going to begin looking at what Jesus says about the Tribulation, end times, and His return. More specifically, we are going to learn how Jesus expects His followers to respond and react to what is happening and what will happen as His return draws closer. Continue reading

Jesus: Loving God and Loving Others (Mark 12:28-34, part 2)

What you are going to see today is that you only love God as much as you love the person you love the least. God does not separate your love for Him and others. That is a packaged deal. To evaluate how much you love God evaluate how much you love people. If you say you love people but don’t love God then you don’t really love people. If you say you love God but don’t love people then you don’t really love God. Continue reading

Unmanaged Anxiety (Luke 10:38-42, Part 2)

When you are anxious you are thinking about who you should be, but when you are at peace you are thinking about who you actually are. Anxiety says you should be in control. Peace says you are a child of God and He is in control. Anxiety says you should be perfect or at least better. Peace says you are perfect and righteous in the eyes of God because of Christ in you. Anxiety says you should be smarter and have more answers. Peace says you belong to the one who knows everything and He can be trusted. Anxiety says you should be there for everyone. Peace says God is there for everyone and you only need to be there for those who God assigns to you. Anxiety says you should be more accepted by others. Peace says you are accepted by God and not everyone will like you and that’s okay. When you are anxious you are thinking about who you should be, but when you are at peace you are thinking about who you actually are in Christ. Continue reading

Jesus: Future Resurrection (Mark 12:18, Part 1)

Believing in God does not mean you have a relationship with God. Because someone believes God exists, makes good decisions, supports good causes, attends church, and is a good citizen does not indicate they are follower of Jesus or have a home in heaven. In 2 Timothy 3, Paul reminds us there are people who “will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly” (v.5, NLT). As you follow Jesus, you will encounter people like all the time. You find them at church, in your family, and your community. They are religious, talk about God, moral, and are committed to their church, but they are dangerous. Their religion is about them, not Jesus. Jesus shows us today, how to respond to them. Continue reading

« Older posts

© 2024 Truth Applied

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑