Jonah | Week 4 | Starting Over By Grace
June 21, 2015 | Sermon Notes
A church is most healthy when it’s energized by fulfilling the Great Commission.
A church cannot be energized and healthy without an understanding of God’s grace to it and through it.
1. Remember God’s grace from the past to us personally.
2. Recognize God’s desire to give grace through us to others He loves.
3. Reveal what’s in us.
A. Self-righteous. We see others and ourselves differently than God sees them and God sees us.
B. Self-determined. We’re afraid or angry or discontent with what God has called us to do so our eyes are on the solution we think is best and we think we can control.
C. Pride – We’re more concerned about our reputation than what is right. So when embarrassed or humiliated or proven wrong by our own rebellion and running we look inward even more, not upward.
D. Unaware – We have no clue as to how deep the consequences might be. We start out on the road to Tarshish seeing only the destination but blind to what it will cost us along the way.
E. Stubborn – We refuse to think about turning around because we see what it might cost and say “no thanks.”
F. Distracted – We have too much to do, to think about, to plan, to adjust to keep our plan moving forward. Often, we stay busy enough not to think and not to hear.
4. Reflect God’s heart for others.
Pray for the people God has asked us to reach and that we would have a heart to reach them.
Unity of race around the gospel.
End goal of race by the power of the gospel: Revelation 7:9-12
‘I just wanted everybody to know, to you, I forgive you,’ said the daughter of Ethel Lance, killed in the shooting. ‘You took something very precious away from me. I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you.’ She asked that God have mercy on the shooter’s soul. ‘You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. May God forgive you. And I forgive you.’
A family member of Anthony Thompson said he forgave the shooter. ‘I forgive you and my family forgives you, but we would like you to take this opportunity to repent . . . confess, give your life to the one who matters the most, Christ, so that He can change it—can change your ways no matter what happens to you, and you will be OK. Do that and you will be better.’
“For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.” – Luke 11:30