Jonah | Week 3 | Perspective on Grace
June 14, 2015 | Sermon Notes
1. God moves us into positions to see a new picture of grace (Jonah 1:17)
Jonah sees differently here than when he first received the call of God, than when he boarded the ship, than when the storm came and he was thrown overboard. The sailors received a new understanding when the storm was calmed. It would take Jonah longer and the road would be harder.
History of the story of Jonah and the Great Fish
-OT – Jonah’s ministry (2 Kings 14:25)
-NT – Jesus and Jonah (Matthew 12:39-41)
-NT – Jesus and people of Nineveh repented (Luke 11:29-32)
Hinge: the authority of Scripture and its Author.
2. Reflection: God rescues those who are desperate (Jonah 2:1-7)
Blind Spots that keep us from seeing God’s grace:
The reason we never get to desperation is because we are so self-dependent. Either we need to tear it out or God will remove it for our good and His glory.
Until we see God-sent storms as interventions and not punishments, we’ll never get better; we’ll only get bitter. Some difficult circumstances you’re facing right now may well be a God-sent storm of mercy intended to be his intervention in your life. You’re in danger and either you don’t realize it or you’re living in denial.
You may feel frustrated, bitter, angry. You could be angry with yourself because you want to control things better than you are. Or you’re angry with God, intuitively if not consciously. Or perhaps, like the sailors, you’re facing an affliction that’s someone else’s fault, and you’re angry at the person. Whatever the case, the question is: Are you crying out to God for help and rescue? – Tullian Tchividjian, Surprised by Grace
3. Response: We pursue the One who pursued us, not run from Him. (Jonah 2:7-10)
Salvation is found not in the beach but in the belly of the fish where God’s grace resides.
The fish’s belly was not Jonah’s prison or death chamber, but only a temporary hospital for his soul and protection for his body from the ocean depths. It’s good for Jonah to be here. – Tullian Tchividjian, Surprised by Grace
Here’s what’s God’s grace does, it frees you forever from the burden of having to pretend that you’re something that you’re not. – Paul Tripp