Jonah: The World’s Worst Missionary

Jonah’s pride, disobedience, and brokenness get in the way of God’s calling on his life to proclaim God’s Word to Jonah’s enemies, the Ninevites. It is easy for us to criticize Jonah’s thoughts and actions. However, in this series, we’ll learn that we have a lot in common with Jonah (more than we’d care to admit). A theme of this study will be reflection. How are we able to see our character imperfections in the reflection of Jonah’s brokenness? And how do we allow God to transform our actions to be more like Christ, as a reflection of God?

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Sermons in this series

Prodigal Prophets & God's Compassion
July 21, 2019Pastor:Jeff Schultz

Sermon Notes

We see how Jonah is like the ‘prodigal son’ of Jesus’ parable who ran away from his father. But he’s also like the ‘older brother’ who obeys his father but resents his kindness to repentant sinners. The story of Jonah ends with a question, as God invites his people to check their hearts. Join us as we explore “Prodigal Prophets and God’s Compassion” from Jonah 4:5-11.

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Our Own Greatest Enemies
July 14, 2019Pastor:Jeff Schultz

Sermon Notes

As we continue learning from Jonah’s life, we encounter surprising twists and unexpected outcomes in Jonah 3:4-4:4. Join us this Sunday as we see how sometimes we are Our Own Worst Enemies, and how God graciously pursues enemies to turn them into friends.

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A Second Chance for the World's Worst Missionary
July 7, 2019Pastor:Tom Macy

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Jonah’s first response to God’s call didn’t go so well. He fled from God in disobedience and faced judgment for his rebellion, but then was gloriously rescued. In the second half of the book, God gives Jonah a second chance. Will he do any better? Has he learned anything? What does the Book of Jonah teach us about our obedience to God today?

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Face to Face with Grace
June 30, 2019Pastor:Joey Woestman

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Through a storm that wiped away all of Jonah’s defenses, all of his pretenses, and all of his abilities to run away from God, the Lord brought Jonah face to face with his grace through the mouth of a great fish. What does God need to do to us to get us to look at his grace face to face? We’ll explore this question and more in “Face to Face with Grace” from Jonah 2:1-10.

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Accidental Evangelism
June 23, 2019Pastor:Joey Woestman

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While running from God, Jonah faces unexpected difficulty: a storm that grows worse and worse, sailors who can’t navigate the tempest, and the dreadful realization that only by losing his life will others be saved. Yet as the prophet runs away from God, the pagans run toward him. Join us for “Accidental Evangelism” from Jonah 1:4-17.

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The World's Worst Missionary
June 16, 2019Pastor:Joey Woestman

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The book of Jonah records the story of a prophet, sent by God to an enemy nation, who does everything possible to avoid God’s call. Join us as we kick off six weeks studying Jonah, “The World’s Worst Missionary”!

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