Jonah: Week 4


Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
4 – Our Fickle Heart
5/3/15 (MS)

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Key Scripture: Jonah 4

1.  God calls us to forgive like we have been forgiven

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14

 

2.  God is sovereign, merciful and just

“There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. And Jonah was very happy about the vine. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm.Read the rest

You Are What You Eat: Week 2


You Are What You Eat
2 – Impurity Injures
4/29/15 (HS)

 

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Key Scripture: “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides.” – John 6:27 (The Message)

“The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” – Galatians 5:17

 

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

Lust: a sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God.Read the rest

Jonah: Week 3


Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
3 – God’s Will Be Done
4/26/15 (MS)

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Key Scripture: Jonah 3

1. God is a God of second chances

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” – Jonah 3:1

 

2. God expects timely obedience

“Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim the message I give you.” – Jonah 3:2

“Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord.”  – Jonah 3:3

“On the first day, Jonah started into the city.” – Jonah 3:4

In order to fully obey God, we’ve got to fully abandon ourselves.

 

3. God always responds to true repentance

“The Ninevites believed God.” – Jonah 3:5

“When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, he took off his royal robes, and he covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.” – Jonah 3:6

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:  Do not let any man or beast or herd or flock taste anything; do not let them even eat or drink.” – Jonah 3:7

True repentance starts with words but results in actions.Read the rest

You Are What You Eat: Week 1


You Are What You Eat
1 – Media Matters
4/22/15 (HS)

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Key Scripture: “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides.” – John 6:27

1.  The messages from media are not always appropriate with our values as Christ-followers

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” – Ephesians 2:1-3

 

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Jonah: Week 2


Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
2 – A Prayer in the Darkness
4/19/15 – MS

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Key Scripture: Jonah 2

1.  Be quick to call on God

“From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.” – Jonah 2:1

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

2.  Be honest about the reality of your situation

3.  Believe that God is with you in your darkness

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” – Hebrews 13:5

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, O Lord, and my prayer rose to your holy temple.” – Jonah 2:7

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” – Jonah 2:8

“What I have vowed I will make good.” – Jonah 2:9

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Whether you are on top of the world or in the depths of hell, when you call on the Lord, He will answer you.Read the rest

The Journey: Week 3


The Journey
3 – Keep on Praying
4/15/15

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Key Scripture: “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” – Romans 12:12

“It is a life at attention that I seek; a life in which prayer has woven itself into the very fabric of my days, a life in which prayer has become a constant, as regular as breathing out and breathing in.” – Robert Benson, Living Prayer

 

What is prayer?

“Prayer is simply keeping company with God.” – Clement of Alexandria

 

Why do we pray?

– Prayer is commanded by God.Read the rest

Jonah: Week 1


Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
1 – The Jonah in the Mirror
4/12/15 – MS

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Key Scripture: “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.” – Jonah 1:2-3

God will often ask you to do some things that you don’t want to do.Read the rest

The Journey: Week 2


The Journey
Week 2
4/8/15

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Key Scripture: “Rejoice in our confident hope, be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” – Romans 12:12

There is intent in God behind the content of life.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Read the rest

The Journey: Week 1


The Journey
Week 1: Rejoice in Hope
4/1/15

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Key Scripture: “Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” – Romans 12:12

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” – Philippians 2:5-8

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.Read the rest

Greater: Week 2


Greater
2 – More of Him
3/29/15

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Key Scripture: “He [meaning God] must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30

When God looks at the center of the universe, he doesn’t look at you.

“It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.  Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
 Read the rest