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: The book of Jonah is a highly unusual book. There is no other book like it within both the minor and major prophets. It’s unusual in that the prophetic message is not what’s important but rather the narrative that surrounds it.
Description: Theologians talk about two types of repentance: attrition and contrition. Attrition is false repentance and usually is only a change in outward actions with no change in heart. While contrition is a change in outward actions driven from a change in the heart. Contrition is heart-felt sorrow over sin. In this sermon we will look at examples of both attrition and contrition from the way that Jonah reacted to God’s word compared to the reaction of the Ninevites.
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
Description: The second section of the book of Jonah (chapters 3-4) begins in much the same fashion as the first section. In the first 2 verses we glean three important things about the way God extends His grace toward sinners. We see how God extended His grace toward Jonah and how He continues to extend His grace toward sinners today.
Description: Jonah cries out to God in desperation in the belly of the fish that God has sent to swallow him. Jonah’s prayer reveals that he did indeed know the one true God, but it also reveals that his heart was unrepentant.
Description: Jonah gives the pagan sailors a false impression of God and continues in his flight from God — even seeking his own death before repenting and obeying God’s command to go to his enemies. But God pursues Jonah with a storm. We find out in this passage that God is also pursuing the pagan sailors, and Jonah’s rebellion is what God uses to display His grace and mercy to them.
Description: Jonah is on the run and running hard away from God. God calls him to Nineveh, and he heads in the opposite direction towards Tarshish. God pursues Jonah with a violent storm to wake Jonah from His sinful slumber. The storm shows us two things about God’s pursuit of man. The first is that it is great and the second is that it is gracious.
Jonah is on a ship with pagans representing many nations all serving the idols of their land. Jonah represents one type of person who flees in the path of the Pharisee while the pagan sailors represent another type of person who flees in the path of the Prodigal. In this story we see God pursuing both Pharisees and Prodigals, which is good news for us.
Description: Jonah is on the run and running hard away from God. God calls him to Nineveh, and he heads in the opposite direction knowing that his rebellion may lead to his death and even the death of others. Consumed in his hatred for the Assyrians, he rises up against God and then starts on a steady downward flight with an end that will cost him more than he was willing to spend.
Description: Jonah is a storied presentation of the gospel and juxtaposes the way and heart of man and the way and heart of God. Man flees and God pursues. Man flees in one of two ways: by obedience (as the Pharisee) or in disobedience (as the Prodigal). God pursues both Pharisees and Prodigals with His message of salvation in the good news of Christ.
Description: The Prophet Nahum is given a spectacular vision, an overwhelming vision of the future judgement and destruction of one of the oldest cites of the world: Nineveh. This is a unique and exciting little book.
Description: Hundreds of people each hour enter a Christless eternity. Christians are called, just as Moses was, to go and set people free. Slavery to Egypt or modern day slavery to sin, each require someone to ‘go and tell’ the capatives that there is a Redeemer.
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