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
One of the great things about Jesus is He loves you and is committed to you even when He knows you are going to stumble and make decisions from time to time that do not honor Him. Because of your personal weaknesses, He knows you are going to make bad decisions under certain pressure and situations. Even with that, He still is dedicated to you and does not give up on you. Continue reading
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
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
You and I are forgetful people. We need to be reminded of what is important, right, and significant in our lives. The Devil wants you to be distracted from the important. He wants you to forget your new values, your new love, your new life, and your new relationship in Christ with the Heavenly Father. He wants your heart and mind to be preoccupied with other interest rather than your interest in Jesus. He wants you to be unfocused and inattentive to what God has done for you and in you. Continue reading
This is a podcast featuring conversations about life, theology, scripture, church and everything in between led by Jeff Stott along with various guest. Below is a link to one of the series.
The Five Stages of Spiritual Growth
Join Jeff Stott and Billy Johnson as they discuss the five stages of spiritual growth and to use it in your family, church, ministry, and work.
Part 1: Stages of Spiritual Growth (Overview)
Stages of Spiritual Growth (Part 1) – Conversations with Genesis Church | Podcast on Spotify
Part 2: Stages of Spiritual Growth (Spiritually Dead / Seeker)
Stages of Spiritual Growth (Part 2) – Conversations with Genesis Church | Podcast on Spotify
Part 3: Stages of Spiritual Growth (Spiritual Infant / Believer)
Stages of Spiritual Growth (Part 3) – Conversations with Genesis Church | Podcast on Spotify
There are some things you need to remember about Jesus. If you forget them, your relationship with Him will become shallow, distant, and cold. If you forget what we are going to look at today, you will remain a spiritual infant and not mature in your faith. The Lord wants you to be strong, confident, and ready as one of His followers. Continue reading
What you believe about Jesus is crucial. What you believe about him will determine how you respond to Him. If you see Him as a nice person who did something wonderful for you, then you will be thankful. However, if you see Him as Lord, God, Master, and Savior who did something wonderful for you, then you will be thankful and surrender to His Lordship and authority. As a follower of Jesus, you are not following someone who is simply loving, you are following someone who is loving and Lord. That’s a big difference. Continue reading
If you have ever been betrayed by someone you understand the pain and hurt it can cause. No one wants to be betrayed. When someone is your friend have been loyal to you and then they turn their back on you and turn against you it will create grief and heartache. It hurts.
When I talk about betrayal, I am referring to the pain, anger, or disappointment of being deceived by someone you trusted. Today, we are going to look at Jesus being betrayed by Judas. Along the way, we are going to consider some Biblical truth about betrayal and how to deal with it successfully. Continue reading
Have you ever expressed your love to someone in such a way that it was over the top, spare no expense, and appeared foolish in how extravagant your love was toward them? Has anyone ever done that for you?
Most of us here today live on a budget, consider ourselves frugal, and we try to spend our money wisely and use what resources we have efficiently. But there are times that call for extravagant giving, extravagant generosity, extravagant service, and extravagant acts of love and kindness. There are times to go over the top when it comes to expressing your love to someone, especially Jesus. Continue reading