Chapter 1

Offended by the Extent of God's Mercy
Sun, Jan 10, 2021
Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” -- Jonah 1:1–2 (ESV) It's a familiar Sunday school story. It has pretty amazing elements. There is a prophet, a mission, a storm, a whale, and a revival. The illustrations pretty much draw themselves. Jonah is one of those Old Testament tales we have heard again and again. I wonder how much of it we have taken in. Have we considered why Jonah ran? What did he think he was escaping from? Who did he think would replace him? What did he think God would do? How did he respond when God did exactly what he thought he would do? This week we begin a 4 week series on the book of Jonah. In it we will exploring the audacious grace and mercy of God. I'd encourage you to read through this little book. It's just 4 chapters and I think it lays out some themes and confronts us in some much needed ways.

Chapter 2

Finding Grace in a Whale's Belly
Sun, Jan 17, 2021
Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the LORD!” -- Jonah 2:8–9 (ESV) We talk a lot about 'grace'. We write songs about it. We name churches with it. We identify doctrines by it. I wonder if we understand the words that we are using. What is 'grace'? How does God's grace come to us? What do we need to understand to really experience and share that experience with others. This week we continue exploring the familiar story of Jonah. We meet up with him in the belly of a whale. We get to listen in on his prayer. It has something to teach us about this grace we so desperately need. Take a few minutes before Sunday to read through the book again. It's just 4 short chapters.
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