Jonah

Jonah

Practical Heretic

Practical Heretic [Jonah 4] – It is worthless to agree with a theology that we cannot embrace.  We must fight against the tendency to withhold from others the same grace that benefited us. Main Points A practical heretic is someone who mentally affirms correct theology yet practically denies it. Don’t refuse to give the grace that you have been given. You will experience great peace when you remove yourself from the center of your universe. Jonah’s problem with the conclusion of this…

The God of Second Chances

The God of Second Chances [Jonah 3] Despite our sin, God provides second chances.  Not only does he show grace to us, but he can show grace through us. Main Points No matter how many times I veer off course, God always has a plan for me to arrive at my destination. Instead of reproofing the messenger, God simply repeats the message. God doesn’t rub our noses in our mistakes. As ambassadors, we herald a message that we did not compose. The…

A Fish Named “Grace”

A Fish Named “Grace” [Jonah 2] – No amount of rebellion is greater than God’s love.  His relentless pursuit of us often finds us in the lowest possible places. Main Points  We are all sinners – we all rebel in our quest for independence. The fish was evidence of God’s grace – not his anger. God gives wrath to his enemies and discipline to his children. God appointed a fish to be at the right place at the right time to digest a…

Anywhere But Nineveh

Anywhere but Nineveh [Jonah 1] – It is not beyond God to call us to difficult and unexpected tasks.  If we attempt to flee, God proves that he can always outrun us and get us right where he wants us to be. Main Points God uses previous appointments to prepare us for upcoming assignments. It is not beyond God to call us to difficult and unexpected tasks. Don’t allow the prejudices of your heart to hinder you from sharing the grace of…