Who is God and what is he like? Is God angry and aggressive, interested only in punishing people? Or is he a genie who will do what you want if you believe in him enough? How does God view you and what does he want you to do? To understand the mind of God you must first understand his heart. The first book of the Head and Heart series looks at 5 Assumptions About God and Why They Are Wrong. When you trust that God loves you and wants what is best for you, then God’s heart—including the hard teachings of Jesus and even the confusing parts of the Bible—becomes clear. How might this affect your understanding of God and your openness to follow him? Put aside your preconceived ideas about God and listen to Jesus’ own words as you explore what is in the mind and heart of God.
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About the Author
DR. JEFF BOGUE is a pastor whose passion is to help Jesus make sense to everyone. Jeff became a Christ follower when he was a junior in college and has been married to his soul mate, Heidi, for twenty-three years. His passion comes from his own experience of searching for the mind and heart of God, and being completely changed by what he discovered. Jeff is a graduate of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He’s had the privilege of sharing life with the people of Grace Church of Greater Akron, Ohio, for the past twenty-three years. Jeff loves his family and friends and is grateful he’s been able to take his life journey with such amazing people. Leading the church to love and serve the people around them energizes him. Jeff and Heidi have six wonderful kids: five crazy boys and one “Sweet Baby” princess. Alongside their kids, they work to express God’s love all over the world. One of Jeff ’s greatest joys is serving together with his family. Wherever the Bogues go, they see not only a desperate need for the compassion and mercy of Christ to be expressed through meeting people’s physical needs, but also the hope of Christ’s message of salvation for the soul.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Passion behind the Head and Heart Series 16
Introduction: Who Doesn't Want to Go to Hell? 20
Chapter 1 Wrong Assumption #1: I Need to Work Harder to Make God Happy 30
Chapter 2 Wrong Assumption #2: All God Wants Me to Do Is Go to Church 46
Chapter 3 Wrong Assumption #3: God Will Never be Happy with Me 60
Chapter 4 Wrong Assumption #4: God is Waiting for me to Mess UP 74
Chapter 5 Wrong Assumption #5: Jesus is for Kids 88
Final Thoughts: Aha Moments 98
About the Author 117
About Grace Church 119
The Great Commandment Network 121