Good Fruit Starts With Good Roots.
Jesus taught it. Nature proves it. Good trees produce good fruit. Unfortunately, discipleship has turned into trying to produce good decisions, behaviors, and relationships without examining the health of the roots. Your identity – where you seek worth and significance – feeds the root of who you are.
In the pursuit of trying to produce good fruit in your life, Jesus becomes just another person you need to make happy. This mindset leads to an exhausted and frustrated spirituality.
Instead, discipleship should be developing awareness of who you already are in Christ.
Following Jesus is not about doing more and complaining less.
Tree of Lies equips you to experience transformation in your decisions, behaviors, and relationships by:
• Developing awareness of areas where you are pursuing wholeness apart from God.
• Identifying the triggers and the lies that cause you shame.
• Creating a new mindset focused on the truth of who God is and who you are.
• Helping you get off the ‘trying harder’ cycle.
• Reducing busyness and anxiety.
• Identifying sources of conflict.
• Energizing and deepening your relationship with Christ.
• Beginning to live the purpose for which you were uniquely designed
Author Scott Perkins shares his painful story of burnout that resulted while serving as a pastor. Because he overvalued relationships to sustain his sense of worth, Scott abandoned his ministry and almost destroyed his marriage.
His pattern is not unique to church leaders, and is prevalent among followers of Jesus. Working to sustain a sense of self apart from God is a discipleship epidemic.
Open up Tree of Lies and take the first step toward understanding your true identity in Christ.
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About the Author
Table of ContentsContents
Foreword by Kary Oberbrunner
Introduction Not So Good Friday
Part 1: The Lies
Chapter 1 Burning Out: What was the problem?
Chapter 2 The Tree of Life: What is identity?
Part 2: The Root
Chapter 3 The Root of the Problem: Where do feelings of worthlessness come from?
Chapter 4 The Cover Up: How does the false self work?
Chapter 5 Core Lies: What is the story you tell yourself?
Part 3: The Truth
Chapter 6 God's Surprising Response to Brokenness: Who is the God you are following?
Chapter 7 The Desert Life: Who does God say you are?
Chapter 8 Planting a New Root: What does it mean to deny yourself?
Chapter 9 The Mystery of Faith: What is your cross?
Chapter 10 Following Jesus: How do you develop a good root?
Part 4: The Fruit
Chapter 11 Not Meant to Be Alone: How do you love others well?
Chapter 12 Living Your Mission: What is your purpose?
Chapter 13 Working It Out: How do you respond to failure?
Appendix A Discovering Your Root
Appendix B Developing an Identity Statement in Christ
Appendix C 31 Days of Identity Devotions