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Author: Jeff Stott (Page 1 of 21)

The Resurrection of Jesus (Romans 4:25)

The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence. This is why Paul can say in 1 Corinthians 15, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?…. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs. 54-57, NLT).

You and I live and die, but Christ died and lived. Easter is about how Christ causes us to live and die and live again. Jesus said in John 11, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this…?” (vs. 25-26, NLT). Continue reading

Complicated Mission: God has an assignment for you (Luke 2:8-21)

Christmas can be complicated. One of the definitions for the word complication is… a difficult factor or issue often appearing unexpectedly and changing existing plans, methods, or attitudes.

  • You had plans to buy this person and that person a gift, but a complication changed your money situation. Now you either are not going to buy anyone anything or you are going to go into debt.
  • You had looked forward to another Christmas with a loved one, but they are no longer here. Death complicated matters.
  • You had hoped that your spouse and children could begin building family traditions around Christmas, but you find yourself separated as a family. The separation complicated matters.
  • You had hoped to be able to travel and visit some family, but a sickness for you complicated the trip.

Christmas can be complicated. But even in the midst of your complications God has a plan for you, He has a purpose for you, and He has a mission that you were designed to fulfill.

Today, we are going to take a look at the shepherds and learn some valuable principles about God’s mission for your life, even in the middle of the mess that’s going on in your life. So, what does God say about your mission? Continue reading

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

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