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.
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Praise for The Gospel of Yes
“Christians are often known by what they are against rather than what they are for. This stance results from seeing God as a cosmic naysayer, out to coerce our compliance and punish us when we get off track. In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn offers a bold and inspiring corrective. When we start living in the truth of God’s ‘yes’ it changes everything—our view of God, our view of ourselves, and our view of the world. Read it. Embrace it. Share it.” —Michael Hyatt, chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers, author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
“I talk to people every day who have racked up a huge pile of debt and put their families at risk just so they can live someone else's definition of the good life. But there's a better way to live. In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn shows you God's way of living life from the ‘yes’. Now you can say ‘yes’ to destiny, ‘yes’ to forgiveness, ‘yes’ to God!” —Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio host
“God’s ‘yes’ in Jesus Christ leads to our discovering who God made each of us to be. Mike Glenn opens our eyes to the truth that God has said ‘yes’ over us, and it is our simple calling to do God’s ‘yes’ and to be that ‘yes’.” —Scot McKnight, author of The King Jesus Gospel and One.Life
“This is not a ‘prosperity gospel, name-it-and-claim-it’ book. This is a ‘glorious God, love Him and praise Him’ book. All Christ-followers will be challenged and encouraged by it. Mike Glenn provides a solid biblical foundation for building authentic relationships with God, with others, and with ourselves.” —Sandra D. Wilson, PhD, seminary professor, spiritual director, and author of Into Abba's Arms and Released from Shame
“Mike Glenn is my pastor, friend, and counselor. He is the right person to author a book about a positive approach to the power and purpose of Jesus Christ. Mike’s emphasis on changing our negative views to those things positive was evident back when I first met him. Now, in The Gospel of Yes, he has given all of us the ‘yes’ that he instilled in me.” —Brad Paisley, Grammy Award Winning recording artist and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year
“Too many Christians are living a smaller life than the one God designed for them. They accept unnecessary limitations because they fail to trust God’s ‘yes’. When you listen to God’s ‘yes’, you find your identity and discover your calling. Let Mike Glenn point you toward your destiny as you hear the most powerful word God will ever speak to you.” —Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker, Soulprint, and In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
“Mike Glenn is that rare incisive, profound thinker who knows how to put the cookies on the lower shelf where the rest of us can enjoy them. The Gospel of Yes is filled with chewy delights you can easily reach. Don’t miss these treats.” —Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times best-selling author; owner of the Christian Writers Guild
“Soon after I started The Gospel of Yes, I was no longer reading the message, I was savoring the message. I heard afresh how much God loves me. I heard anew how much He cares for the plans of my life. I heard that God is more interested in telling me ‘yes’ than ‘no’. This book is remarkable. And my reaction at the conclusion of my reading surprised me. I wanted to read it again.” —Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources
”When we want to accomplish something, we start with a clear destination. We don’t think about the places we don’t want to go, just the place we have determined to reach. The Gospel of Yes is all about living in line with that purpose, with our own ‘yes’. Having watched Mike live out his ‘yes’, and seeing the explosive growth of his church, I am glad he took the time to share his blueprint with the rest of us.” —Skip Prichard, president and CEO of Ingram Content Group
“This was one of those books where my highlighter wore out before I even finished the introduction. I can't wait to see what will happen to a culture that, up to this point, has believed that God's favorite word is ‘no’. They will be changed by The Gospel of Yes.” —Jon Acuff, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Quitter and Stuff Christians Like
About Mike Glenn
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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In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn reveals Gods 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.
“We would love others without first demanding that they conform to our requirements or somehow become acceptable to us. We would not be in competition with anyone else, feeling pressure to look better than we are or hurrying so we’ll be first in line to get a reward. God has plenty of blessings for all his children, and he will still have blessings left to give away whenever we get there. God’s being good to someone else doesn’t mean he will have nothing left to give us later on.
When we learn this, we can love God with everything we are; we can love ourselves and love our neighbors the way we love God. When this happens, we keep the Great Commandments. We are then living in the “yes” of Christ, and we can freely share his “yes” with everyone [ … ]
Starting the New Year with a Fresh Perspective by Mike Glenn
In the story of the prodigal son, Luke uses a curious phrase when the younger son realizes what he has lost and determines to go home. The King James Version translates the phrase, He came to himself. That phrase has always fascinated me. How do you come to yourself? Can you set yourself down somewhere and then forget [ … ]
No one can meet my needs but Christ. To ask my wife or anyone else to meet them is to ask people to do what only God can do. If we lived according to this truth, how would it transform our understanding of relationships? Relationships are transformed for the better when we love without expecting anything in return. We dont have to manipulate the other person to get our needs met. We can let them be who they are. We can celebrate with their successes and grieve with their losses without jealousy or possessiveness. Out of the overflow of his own life, Jesus loved the people he encountered. Because he is complete in himself, he can extend himself even when his love isnt returned.
Excerpted from The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn Daily Reflection: How can you show your [ … ]
If you’re serving Jesus, it’s not supposed to be about happiness, right? The goal of submitting to Christ is not to assure your own sense of satisfaction.
That’s true, as far as the statement goes. Serving God is about faithfulness and obedience, not about seeking personal happiness. But serving God and others in ways you were created and gifted for brings a natural sense of joy and soul satisfaction. These feelings come from the synergy of your life connected to God’s Spirit and involved in a realm of Kingdom missions work that you were designed and equipped for. These things come to you from living within God’s plan and design.
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Daily Reflection: How has your faithfulness and obedience to God brought you joy and satisfaction?
In the silence I heard two sentences. The first was “Why don’t you let the church relax and be who I made her to be?” The second was “Why don’t you relax and be who I made you to be?” That was it. As fast as the moment had come, it was over.
I began to cry again. Other than the first moment when I knew I was forgiven and accepted by God, when I was seven years old, I had never heard more liberating words. How simple. How profound. How consistent with all that I knew about God and his love for me. If God had indeed created me, then why didn’t I trust how God intended to use me? Doesn’t it make sense that with God, the Ultimate Designer, form and function would be totally aligned?
After reaching a point of desperation and demanding that God show up and provide some direction, my eyes were opened. God wanted me to relax. He wanted me to be me, using gifts he had given me. He wanted me to concentrate on doing things I was good at, things that utilized the best of who I was. He wanted me to enjoy my life and my work for him. So I began to pay attention to the way I was wired. What was I created to do, and what had I been trying to do for which I had no real talent or gifts?
Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 12 that every believer has been given gifts to serve the body of Christ. He also reminds us that no one person has all the gifts. This way the [ … ]
God is an Artist, and as an Artist, God loves to share his creations and point out great moments of beauty. So God places human beings in the center of the story, in the garden, where God will come and walk. At first God and the man talk about what Adam has learned and how he and Eve are tending the garden. God seems to want Adam to discover things, to find out what is underneath al the layer of the world around him. Come, let me show you, we can hear God say to Adam. Look at this! Did you find this flower or see this animal today? Tell me what you found today!
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We can get so accustomed to our everyday surroundings that we take [ … ]
In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn reveals Gods 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. Now small group leaders, pastors, and church leaders can lead their friends into God’s yes with a 6-part teaching outline. Click here to download it now. Read a sample chapter of The Gospel of Yes here.
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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...
OVERVIEW: 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. 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...
I really enjoyed this book. I appreciated the honesty the author, who is also a pastor, shares. Too many times they say, "do what I say but not what I do". This book is a must read for any one looking to grow in their walk with the Lord.
Here is a brief excerpt from the chapter, "A Marriage of Two Healthy People". "Can you imagine what a marriage would look like if it was based on the kind of generous love that expects nothing in...
When I read the title of this book the first thing I thought of was the movie Yes Man. Although I really enjoyed the movie I just felt that it wouldn't make for such a great "Christian Living" book. Once I actually opened the book the introduction actually drew me in and I finally realized that this was not based off of the movie Yes Man...
So I kept on reading and to my surprise I actually agreed and enjoyed much of this book! I've read...
In The Gospel of Yes, Mike Glenn offers readers an inspiring look at how a personal relationship with Jesus is heavily centered on the word "yes." Glenn highlights how the beginning of our personal relationship with Jesus begins with us saying "yes" to Him, and His willingness to say "yes" to a personal relationship with us and "yes" to forgiving us for all of our sins. The author illuminates how we often allow ourselves to be divided about...