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January 22, 2013, 8:27 AM

New Sermon Series!


Beginning this Sunday, and for the subsequent six weeks after that, we will be digesting the book of Jonah.  (Kind of like what the great fish did to Jonah.)  Some of you, when you learned that I was going to be preaching from this short book, expressed surprise that I could get seven sermons out of it!  However, let me tell you, the book naturally divides into seven clearly discernible sections.  In fact, if I were to diagram the structure of the book, it would look like this:

Jonah's Commission from God

Jonah among Gentiles (On a ship)

Jonah's Prayer

Jonah's Second Commission from God

Jonah among Gentiles (In Nineveh)

Jonah's prayer

God's Response to Jonah

See there, seven easy sections arranged in a parallel fashion with the seventh and most decisive section coming at the very end when God speaks to Jonah and takes him to school.

Now, there is one other element that I would like to throw in to the mix, and I have no one to blame but myself if this becomes too much of a stretch.  I see in this little book, a veritable primer on the Christian life.  I can see seven basic themes running through the book clearly.  Check out the picture that I will be using to advertise this series:  Sin, Judgment, Grace, New Life, Repentance, Hypocrisy and Love.  Each sermon will highlight one of those themes.

One final word, about the series title, "I, Jonah."  It will become obvious right out of the starting gate that I fully intend you to see yourself in this reluctant little prophet.  He is us, and we are him.

Oh, we have much to learn from this book!  First up, Jonah 1:1-3  "No, Sir."  (How do you like that title?)

SCHEDULE:

Jan. 27 Jonah 1:1-3 Jonah's Commissioning and Flight. Sin!
Feb. 3 Jonah 1:4-16 On the Ship. Judgment!
Feb. 10 Jonah 1:17-2:10 Jonah's Prayer. Grace!
Feb 17 Jonah 3:1-3a Jonah's Re-Commissioning. New Life!
Feb 24 Jonah 3b-10 In Nineveh. Repentance!
Mar. 3 Jonah 4:1-4 Jonah's Prayer. Hypocrisy!
Mar. 10 Jonah 4:5-11 Yahweh's Lesson for Jonah. Love!


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