Series: Jonah: God's Love & Grace for the World

Speaker: Kevin McKee

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FIND YOURSELF RUNNING FROM GOD? LOOKING FOR GOD'S LOVE AND GRACE IN YOUR LIFE? IF SO, THE BOOK OF JONAH IS FOR YOU.


Many people know the story of "Jonah and the whale." Jonah is one of the Old Testament's most memorable people. Many, however, don't know the gracious caring God behind the scenes.

God called a prophet to take his message of love and repentance to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. Jonah was reluctant. Jonah is like us. When faced with expressing God's love to people he hated, he ran from God. I'm glad for the book of Jonah because I can relate to this response! It doesn't provide me with an excuse but hope. Through Jonah's story, I realize that God can include me—anyone—as an expression of his grace. He does this as he works on us and in us. God's grace and love for Jonah is so clearly seen as he repeatedly pursues him as he peruses us.

Jonah, faced with what was impossible for him loving the enemy of Israel, ran away (chp. 1). God pursued him, taking him the brink of death in being swallowed by a fish (chp. 2). With new resolve and conviction that salvation comes only from God, Jonah proclaimed God's grace in the city. Nineveh repented and received God's love (chp.3). Frustrated with how and to whom God chooses to extend his grace, Jonah looses focus, becoming frustrated with God (chp. 4). God, however, never stops reaching out to Jonah. The book's ending is unresolved: Will Jonah rejoice with God over a repentant Nineveh or will he miss out on what God's doing? The same option holds true for us, doesn't it?

Jesus, when asked to give some convincing sign that he was Messiah, said he would only give the sign of Jonah being "three days and nights" in the belly of a fish. Jonah came back from the dead (i.e. the fish) and proclaimed God's grace to Nineveh. Jesus, as Messiah, literally rose from the dead and proclaims God grace to the world. As we receive God's grace and love, let's also join God in sharing it with our neighbors and the nations of the world!

A Sermon Series by Kevin McKee

Lesson Passage Sermon Date
Living and God's Leading
Sinking down, Hitting Bottom
God of Second Chances
Hot Head vs. Huge Heart
Jonah 1
Jonah 2
Jonah 3
Jonah 4
March 18, 2001
March 25, 2001
April 1, 2001
April 8, 2001