The God of New Beginnings
The Genesis Project is a network of believers who plant churches in broken places. It’s a place of new beginning no matter how broken, devastated, or messy someone’s life may be. They reach out to the drug addicts, felons, strippers, alcoholics, and gang members. Rob Cowles and Matt Roberts have seen God do amazing things in these individual’s lives. Through pursuing real relationships, creating safe communities, extending God’s forgiveness and freedom, and helping reset lives and habits we can all love the way that God loves us. Love never fails and with God’s love no life or relationship is too far gone. New life is always possible with God. Rob and Matt have come together to share the real and messy of trusting God with the challenge of brokenness and situations that seem hopeless, but are never without hope and redemption because of Christ.
I had no ideas what to expect from this book. The title, The God of New Beginnings, jumped out at me. I am in need of a new beginning, and I think all of us love that God can literally take anything and make it brand new. There is nothing too big or too small for God to transform and restore for his glory. I have never read a book that so accurately states the message of the gospel and redemption, while being honest that what we have done will have consequences. Life is not easy, but we can live it no matter what we are facing because of Jesus. It all starts with relationship, not God and sinner, but us and the sinner. That’s how the power of Christ moves from story to story, living life with each other. It all starts with knowing people, being friends, and it grows and hopefully the person comes to their own relationship with Christ. Community is where new beginnings start, it is what we are called to; not just with people who are like us, but the broken and “unlovable.” I highly recommend this book. It was a great book to start the new year with and reminded me of what truly matters and what God has called us to: messy and beautiful real friendship with those religion rejects and Jesus loves always.
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