The story of Jonah is not about a fish, it is a story of grace. Jonah tried running. God’s grace chased him. This grace presented to Jonah is a stunningly beautiful picture of God - He forgives, rescues, transforms, and delivers, and ultimately brings Jonah to the end of himself. This is where hopelessness gives way to hope.
These are a collection of sermons not included in any particular sermon series from both guest speakers and our own pastors.
Misconceptions about God abound. But they don’t have to. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. While we can never fully comprehend everything that God is, we should study the things He has revealed to us.
Do you ever feel like life is a game of one step forward, two steps back? Maybe you see dysfunction all around you and don’t even know where to turn. Sin in our life is like a destructive weed in the garden of our hearts. These weeds grow deeper leaving us stuck, hopeless, and wanting change. We can’t fix it on our own, but once we fix our eyes on the Lord, who alone transforms our hearts, the true uprooting process can begin. Doubt can give way to faith, discouragement to joy, despair to purpose and fulfillment, and defeat to victory.
As we close our study of the book of Mark, we look at the way Jesus silently surrendered his own will while wearing a crown of thorns - a crown composed by the sin we placed on Him - the sin he died for. But the story doesn't end with a crown of thorns. We also celebrate his resurrection, and the crown of glory he claimed in his victory over sin and death!