JONAH: THE RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF A MERCIFUL GOD

Sour Grapes at a Sovereign God

Date: 11.19.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

Jonah waits for judgment for the people of Nineveh while expecting grace from God. However, God will reveal to jonah that the grace of God in our lives compels us to take the gospel to the world.

Return to Mission

Date: 11.12.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

Failure is not an option; however, for many of us it is a reality. There are areas of our lives we wish we could do over. In chapter three Jonah gets a do-over. God calls him again, not to a different task, but to the same one in which he failed earlier. Jonah had returned to God in the belly of a fish, and now it is time for Jonah to return to mission. This passage shows us for the sake of the gospel, God offers new life and new mission. Specifically for Jonah, this mission was to warn the Ninevites of impending doom. For Christians today, that mission includes leveraging all of our lives for the sake of the gospel and making disciples.

Deep Waters and Desperate Prayers

Date: 11.05.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

We’ve all been there – days and seasons when we feel as though we’re sinking, drowning even. Sometimes it’s a result of our own actions; sometimes we’re not quite sure how we got to the dark place. Jonah’s prayer from the fish shows us that deep waters often lead to desperate prayers. It is in these dark and often solitary places that, through prayer, we find communion with God, a return to worship, and a return to mission. In other words, we find that God, in his mercy, may use dark places and desperate prayers to create a decisive change in our life.

A Storm, Sailors, and a Sovereign God

Date: 10.22.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

What do a storm, sailors, and a sovereign God all have in common? They are all involved in moving the wayward Jonah back toward his call and mission. In this passage, we see that God can move heaven and earth to reach us. For some caught in a storm, this may be comforting, but for others perhaps running from God, this may sound scary. The good news is that God’s purpose for the storm is to reveal himself and call for repentance leading to worship. Though storms may come for different reasons, the path is similar and the goal is the same ultimately leading to worship of the one true God. 

Running From God

Date: 10.15.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

The call of God requires us to run in fear or respond in faith. This was the message taught us from the initial call of Jonah in this week’s passage. God called Jonah to go to his enemies and preach repentance, and in response Jonah ran. Jonah’s fear and pride caused him to disobey God and run in the opposite direction. Sadly, many of us today are similar to Jonah. God is calling us to join him on his mission to share the gospel and instead of responding in faith, we respond in fear. . . and run.

One Big Story

Date: 10.22.2017

Speaker: Jason Dickinson

What do a storm, sailors, and a sovereign God all have in common? They are all involved in moving the wayward Jonah back toward his call and mission. In this passage, we see that God can move heaven and earth to reach us. For some caught in a storm, this may be comforting, but for others perhaps running from God, this may sound scary. The good news is that God’s purpose for the storm is to reveal himself and call for repentance leading to worship. Though storms may come for different reasons, the path is similar and the goal is the same ultimately leading to worship of the one true God.