Description: The seventeenth century puritan, Thomas Brooks, wrote that “assurance is a pearl that most want but a crown that few wear.” A Christian with assurance of faith knows that he belongs to Christ, that his sins are forgiven, that God loves him, and that he will enjoy everlasting life. While many assume that it is presumptuous to desire assurance of salvation, Scripture teaches otherwise. In our text this morning the Apostle John provides us the first of three tests so that the Christian may examine himself and rest, assured!
Description: Our passage this morning shows us two things about God. The first is that God never gives up on His people, He has a tenacious grip on us… and the second is that God’s amazing plan of redemption is larger than most of us think. God will redeem all of His creation and reverse the curse of sin.
Description: If the only section of Jonah we had was section three, it would be an entirely different book. But God has seen fit to preserve for us chapters 1, 2, and 4 and thereby display for us His amazing grace and mercy and His ability to use even weak and failing men to accomplish great things for His glory. God is the God of the Crushed. God uses the Crushed to Accomplish Great Things