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The Hope of a Child

December 1, 2019 Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7 I. Jesus gives you hope as a Wonderful Counselor. A. The people of Israel are experiencing gloom (vs. 1) and darkness (vs. 2). Isaiah had prophesied in chapter 8 that the Assyrians were going to invade Israel and take away Israel’s wealth and people. It was a dark time in…

Stop Giving

November 24, 2019 Scripture: Exodus 36:1-7 I. You become generous when the Holy Spirit enters your life. A. In Exodus 36:1 we see two of the primary craftsmen that God used to build the beautiful tabernacle: Bezalel and Oholiab. Verse 1 says that God had put in them skill and intelligence to know how to do…

The God of Compassion

November 10, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 4:5-11 I. God sends difficulty to make you more compassionate. A. In the first four verses of Jonah 4 we saw last week that Jonah was angry with God. What exactly is Jonah hoping in verse 5? He is hoping that God will change His mind about forgiving Nineveh. He is…

Anger with God

November 3, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 4:1-4 I. You get angry with God when you can only see yourself. A. We understand Jonah’s anger better when we read his prayer in verse 2. What is Jonah really praying here? He’s saying, “God, I knew you would forgive these losers! That’s why I didn’t want to go to…

Preach the Gospel and Do Justice

October 27, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 3 I. People need the church to preach the Gospel. A. Jonah 3:1-2 is almost an exact repeat of the words that God spoke to Jonah in chapter 1 at the beginning of Jonah’s story. God is offering Jonah a fresh beginning here after his initial disobedience. The message God gave…

Grace is Real

October 20, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 2:1-10 I. Grace is something you don’t deserve. A. What does Jonah do as soon as he gets swallowed by the fish? He does what you or I would do. He prays (vs. 1). When Jonah prayed, he must have wondered if God would help him. He wondered for a few…

Love is Self-Sacrifice

October 13, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 1:11-17 I. Love is self-giving. A. In Jonah 1:11 the sailors ask Jonah for a solution to their problem of this storm that is threatening to kill them, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” Jonah knows exactly what to do. Jonah says in…

Embracing the Other

October 6, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 1:7-10 Matthew 5:44-47: “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven… For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors…

Who is My Neighbor?

September 29, 2019 Scripture: Jonah 1:5-6 I. You are a neighbor when you use your faith for the common good. A. In Jonah 1:5 we see what happens when Jonah runs into a violent storm on board a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. We begin to see a contrast between the pagan sailors and the prophet…