July 12, 2015 | Sermon Notes
1. Examine your heart to see if it’s in alignment with God’s heart.
When God’s actions show that He’s totally outside the box Jonah constructed for him, Jonah can’t handle that. It’s so crushing for him, so hurtful, that he’s infuriated. His reaction proves that in his religiousness and spirituality, he’s lost sight of God. He can say the ancient formula, and he knows it intellectually – God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. But in his heart, Jonah doesn’t really see it enough to trust and embrace and celebrate it. – Tullian Tchividjian, Surprised by Grace
God’s listening is another sign of his grace – He won’t leave hearts disconnected.
2. Be humble enough to allow God to diagnose and deliver you.
Personal relief is not God’s end-game. His grace in you and through you is God’s end-game.
God’s teaching is yet another sign of his grace – He won’t leave Jonah in desperation.
3. Extend the same grace and mercy God has given to you to others.
God’s reaching is yet another sign of his grace — He won’t leave people in their condition.
Jonah’s Tribal Mindset v. God’s Missional Heart
Highest value is self-preservation and those within it keep asking, “How can we protect ourselves from those who are different from us?” It typically elevates personal and cultural preferences to absolute principles: If everybody were more like us, this would be a better place.
Highest value is self-sacrifice and it exists for others. It’s a community willing to be inconvenienced and discomforted, willing to extend itself for others on God’s behalf.