May 27, 2018 “Anger Toward God”

Jonah was angry at God for not punishing the cruel Assyrians. God gave the Assyrians in Nineveh a second chance to turn from evil and follow God, because God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and loving (Jonah 3:10-4:2). The story of Jonah goes beyond teaching us to love our enemies, it emphasizes God’s character and power. Do we care about the people God cares about (Jonah 4:11)? Are we willing and able to share the love of God to them?

Scripture Reading – Jonah 4:1-11

Sermon Length – 25:54

May 20, 2018 “A Second Chance”

Jonah got a 2nd chance to obey God, but he still didn’t like his assignment to preach to the hated, cruel Assyrians. In spite of his attitude, the people of Nineveh turned/repented and changed their sinful ways. God worked through their pagan beliefs in omens and multiple deities to turn them to the true God. And God also worked through half-hearted, reluctant Jonah. For us today, obey God. If all you can do is obey reluctantly, still obey, and seek to obey wholeheartedly.

Scripture Reading – Jonah 3:1 – 4:1

Sermon Length – 28:47

May 13, 2018 “Reluctant Obedience”

God wanted Jonah to reach out to the cruel and brutal Assyrians by having him preach to their capital city of Nineveh. Jonah tried to sail away from God’s plans for him, but God caused a storm to nearly sink the ship. Jonah was thrown into the sea to try to calm the storm. Jonah’s life was spared by being swallowed by a huge fish. After that ordeal he reluctantly went to Nineveh. The good news for us all is God can and will use even reluctant obedience.

Scripture Reading – Jonah 2:1-10

Sermon Length – 29:33

May 6, 2018 “Running From God”

God thinks and acts differently than we do. He wanted Jonah to reach out to the cruel and brutal Assyrian nation by having Jonah preach to their capital city of Nineveh. Jonah hated the Assyrians so much he would rather live in exile, or die, than to bring hope to the hated Assyrians. By the end of chapter 1, the bright spot in the story were the sailors who severed and worshiped the LORD, the God of Heaven. Learn from Jonah. Don’t trifle with God! He can get your attention if he wants to!

Scripture Reading – Jonah 1:1-17

Sermon Length – 31:19