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Jonah | Week 2 | Stormed by Grace

Posted on Jun 07 at 09:46am

June 7, 2015 | Sermon Notes

Context: In seemingly inexplicable timing, humans in self-determination are at the mercy of the overwhelming power of the sea.

Jonah 1:4-16

1. God at times will initiate storms to redeem and restore people.

“Hurl” – 3x in the text, the first one, in the Scriptures refers to throwing a spear.

Jonah’s path “down” – from head-knowledge of God to self-righteousness to self-determination to self-destruction.

When you run away from the Lord you never get to where you are going and you always pay your own fare. But when you go the Lord’s way you always get to where you are going and he pays the fare. – Donald Grey Barnhouse

Sailors path down > no knowledge of God > self-indulgences > self-determination > self-destruction.

Purposeful: God responds to Jonah’s running with a storm that saves the mission to Nineveh (with the lives of thousands of Ninevites on the line) and saves the lives of pagan sailors. In the process of showing great saving grace to pagans, the storm He produces shows great corrective grace to Jonah.

2. Our natural but futile responses to the storms.

A. Panic.
B. Cry out to our gods.

Between the towers is a sculpture of the Virgin Mary, who gazes down with love and concern at a bundle in her arms. This is the Virgin who has been charged with the safety of the local fishermen. The bundle in her arms is not the infant Jesus; it’s a Gloucester schooner. – Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm

C. Solve it with common sense.
D. Check out | Jonah 1:7-13
E. Explain the gap in our lives.

Is there a distance between your confessional and functional theology? Sound doctrine does not always result in a life of obedience. – Paul Tripp

F. Try harder. | Jonah 1:14

3. Submission is the way of being saved in the storm.

God will take you where you haven’t intended to go in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own. – Paul Tripp

Hebrews 12:9-11

Jesus, the better Jonah

A. Confess as Lord: the one given for many.
B. Confess rebellion: stop running so that God’s grace can be applied to your own heart and then that grace can be reflected in hard-t0- reach places.