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Jonah 1:16-2:10

Abraham Cremeens

May 19, 2019

Jonah caused quite the mess and it was his own fault. His choice to disobey God and go in the opposite direction found himself in the heart of a stormy sea. However, this finally brought him to a place where he cried out to God in prayer. He came to a place in his heart where he could celebrate his God who reversed his condition from death to life. He then responded with gratitude, commitment, and worship to the God who saved him.

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Life requires U-Turns. Some big and some small. The book of Jonah is full of them. We're all walking on a path that is the wrong way, but by his grace, God turns us around 180 degrees on a path towards him. In light of this, in the book of Jonah we'll be focusing on four themes; the nature of God, the response of people, the mission of God, and the person of Christ.

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God has a purpose for this world that he designed before time began. God called Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob into that plan and gave them promises to hold onto as they took steps of faith in active obedience. We also fit into God’s purpose as we walk by faith to wherever he takes us. Ultimately all of our stories point to the glory of God as he fulfills his plan in this world.

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The Psalms of Ascent (Ps 120-134) offer us help on the journey of our lives as we walk with God through the good times and bad. These psalms help us approach God in worship via avenues of lament, thanksgiving, praise, and celebration. They lead us into worship on the journey: bringing who we are (transparency) to who God is (confidence) together with God’s people (community).  

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If you're looking for stand-alone sermons or messages that are not part of any of the series, you can find them here. These messages cover a wide range of topics and texts.

If you're looking for our past sermon series, you can find them here! You'll find a wide variety of sermons from series we've preached through in the past.