We need Scripture because it tells us about God. The book of Jonah tells us that God is both totally sovereign and tenderly compassionate. In Jonah we see God's desire and power to convict people of their sin, turn them back to himself, and save them. He hates our sin, but lovingly forgives it through the righteous sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
This week, consider whether your view of God matches the view offered in Jonah, and whether you desire the lost to come to salvation the way that God does.
PREPARING TO HEAR
This Sunday we will begin digging deeper into Jonah. JD will preach from verses 1-16 of chapter 1, which describe Jonah running from God and the steps God took to accomplish his plan. To prepare for this week, read Jonah 1:1-16 and think about the following questions:
- Why did Jonah flee when God sent him to Nineveh?
- What attributes of God are highlighted in chapter 1?
- What does this chapter tell us about the fear of God?
- If God is everywhere, what does it mean that Jonah was fleeing from the presence of the Lord?
Let's pray that God's word is clearly proclaimed and received on Sunday. Pray for believers to be encouraged and strengthened, for unbelievers to be drawn to Christ, and for God to be glorified in all we do.