The God of New Beginnings: How the Power of Relationship Brings Hope and Redeems Lives
: Nearly everyone has someone in their circle of acquaintances who struggles-an out-of-control friend or relative whose habits or relationships are in chaos. Is there any hope, or is he or she doomed to self-destruction? Pastors Rob Cowles and...
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Nearly everyone has someone in their circle of acquaintances who struggles-an out-of-control friend or relative whose habits or relationships are in chaos. Is there any hope, or is he or she doomed to self-destruction?
Pastors Rob Cowles and Matt Roberts say God is equal to the challenge! New beginnings are possible, no matter how broken, devastated, or crazy someone's life may be. Yet today's churches don't do messy very well.
The Genesis Project is a network of believers whose goal is to plant churches in dark places, targeting people who don't normally "do" church. Reaching drug addicts, convicts, strippers, and gang members, they've seen God do some amazing things with seemingly hopeless lives. The God of New Beginnings tells these dramatic stories, offering practical wisdom for breaking through the darkness in a person's life:
Pursuing real relationships Opening up true stories Pulling together safe communities Getting honest about sin Extending God's forgiveness and freedom Helping people reset their lives and habits Coping with ongoing complications Not giving up when setbacks occur Freely sharing the victories Keeping the faith life simple Love never fails. And when we incorporate God's love into our lives and relationships, redemption is possible.
Matt Roberts is the founding/lead pastor of Genesis Project in Ogden, Utah, a church that has grown from one local site to become a model in multiple cities and towns across the United States. He began his ministry as a youth pastor in the inner cities of Tampa, Fla. and Portland, Ore. In addition to his present ministry in Utah, Matt has consulted with various churches and denominations seeking to reach dark areas with the hope of Jesus. He and his wife, Candice, are the parents of four sons.
Dean Merrill has been published in over 40 Christian magazines and is the author or co-author of 35 books.