Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Gospel of Yes: We Have Missed the Most Important Thing About God. Finding It Changes Everything.

Book Description

God would like a word with you
What you believe about God affects the way you approach life—often in ways you don’t realize. Are you convinced that God limits you, or liberates you? Is he more interested in correcting you or connecting with you? And when you hit a rough spot and start looking for help, do you believe God is against you or on your side?

In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn reveals God’s most powerful word, which opens our eyes to everything he does. That word is YES. God said “yes” to creating a world for us to live in and “yes” to inviting us into a relationship with him. No matter what we face in life, the best way to live is captured in one word: yes.

When you live in God’s “yes” you find your identity, your true value, and your unique purpose on earth. You can stop trying to be someone else and enjoy being yourself as you join with God in doing the work of his kingdom. When God looks at you he always says “yes.” It’s time to live like you know it.

My Review:
When we truly know know Christ we will have integrity of character; our yes will always be yes and our no will always be no.(Matthew 5:37)  No matter how circumstances change we will live in the same manner because we are grounded in Christ. We can have integrity and an attiude that please the Lord. We do not have to sin in our anger!

There are far too many Christians that live a life that is opposite what htey say they believe. They are afraid to stand firm in the gospel.
Luke 9:26
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
But when we look at Paul he did not do this. He did not reject Gods word. He brought a message of hope, he did not stand on a corner waging war against the world of his day. Knowing Christ was all that mattered everything else was disposable, we should share the Good News in a like manner.

When we focus our vision on Christ our life is grounded and He is a positive driving force in our life. 
We need to realize that no one can meet our needs, only Christ can do this. We just have to say "yes" to His "yes". God's final yes will be when He remakes and restores His creation.

Many of us, myself included, grew up with the unspoken belief that God was against us at some point in time in our lives.  He left us with a heavy burden of perfection. All of the do’s & don’ts of the Christian life kept keeping our check list going daily. Did I lie, no, Check, Did I covet? No, check and so on.  We were so busy trying to avoid sin that we never had the time or energy to enjoy the abundant life.
Beginning in the book of Genesis, Mike Glenn sets out to demonstrate that God really is for us. Even when he says “No,” such as in the 10 Commandments, he is really saying “Yes” to a deeper relationship with himself. Rather than the Christian life being a burden, Mike points out that God has a unique, good plan and purpose for each one of us. When we change our mind about God, we can discover our identity, true value, and unique purpose for our lives.


Will you say Yes today? God is waiting for your answer. I would love ot hear your thoughts and opions on God is transforming your life today!

Disclaimer:

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”

Author Bio

Mike Glenn is senior pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. He is a gifted communicator who understands the big ideas of theology, but can break them down for people to use in the places where they live. He helps them find identity and meaning in God’s "yes," and blogs at truthfulconversations.com. Mike is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife, Jeannie, have two married sons.
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Q & A with Author Mike Glenn

Q. How would you explain the title, The Gospel of Yes?
A. The scandalous good news of the gospel is "God is for us." That's the message Jesus brought to us. God's word to us is a resounding yes. The great yes of God echoes back to us in creation, in the call of Abraham, the Exodus, the missionary work of the early church--and ultimately and supremely in Jesus Christ. God's word to humanity is Yes! Yes to life and life more abundant; Yes to restoration and healing and Yes to eternity with Him.
Q. When did you realize there was a need to help people understand what it meant to live in Yes?
A. We have a Tuesday night worship experience called Kairos that focuses on young adults. In a lot of my conversation with these young adults, they would begin to tell me all of the things they had done wrong in their lives. They felt bad about their mistakes, but were failing in their efforts to simply avoid doing wrong. When I asked them what they were for, they had no idea what I was talking about. We started talking and preaching about the Yes we have Christ Jesus and when you know your yes (the person you are in Christ and the purpose for which you were created), then the No's of your life take care of themselves.
Q. How is your view of God shaped by living in Yes instead of No?
A. I have found it makes all the difference in how you live when you understand the grace of the Father is for your benefit as a person. God is committed to your success as any good father is. To understand that God is working for your good instead of sitting way up in heaven with a fist full of lightning bolts waiting for us to make a mistake, allows us to live in a joyful freedom I haven't been able to find anywhere else.
Q. Your book talks about how Christianity and the culture have built into our lives a message of No. How would you describe that?
A. We love to keep score. Everything we do or have done or value. That's a problem in authentic Christianity. How do you measure mercy? How do you quantify love? This is frustrating to us as humans, so the church developed a way to keep points (attendance, giving, etc.) that we could measure. We also developed a lot of things that cause us to lose points (not attending church, etc.) By adding and subtracting points, we could tell what kind of Christian each of us was. I am being a little facetious, but not much. Christianity as a point system is a very small and bitter way to live. It's not the gospel Jesus preached.
Q. How did you find your Yes?
A. I had always been looking for my yes, but I didn't know what I was looking for. I knew I was called, but I was a different kind of kid. .I didn't fit "pastoral expectations." Through the insight of several good friends, I began to understand the way I was put together and understood my own gifts. When I began to live out of my Yes, my life changed completely.
Q. Is there only one Yes found in life?
A. As you follow Christ, there are lots of moments of awakening and new understanding. I would say there is one big Yes--to follow Christ and become like Him. But there are lots of little yeses. Our God is full of surprises.
Q. You wrote about biblical characters who found their Yes. Can you tell us about a favorite of yours?
A. Most of the biblical characters we know about lived out their Yes in one way or another. Abraham, Moses, David, Joseph, Peter, Mary, Lydia--the list goes on and on of course. But for me, I wish I could live out my yes the way Paul did. Paul knew he was called to preach the gospel and he used every opportunity--even his own trial and imprisonment--to preach the gospel. I wish I could get to the point in my life where no matter what question life was throwing at me, I would answer out of my Yes in Christ and to Christ.
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