Mar 3, 2019
Jonah 4:1-11- Unselfish Love
Series: JONAH
In the final message from the book of Jonah Pastor Derek shows how Jonah's anger is contrasted against God's love, and asks the questions if we like wise wish God's favor only for ourselves? Do we make the mistake of believing that we are somehow more worthy of His grace than others are? Is that grace? Do we actually desire judgement on our enemies? Do we forget we were once enemies of God ourselves? 
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  • Mar 3, 2019Jonah 4:1-11- Unselfish Love
    Mar 3, 2019
    Jonah 4:1-11- Unselfish Love
    Series: JONAH
    In the final message from the book of Jonah Pastor Derek shows how Jonah's anger is contrasted against God's love, and asks the questions if we like wise wish God's favor only for ourselves? Do we make the mistake of believing that we are somehow more worthy of His grace than others are? Is that grace? Do we actually desire judgement on our enemies? Do we forget we were once enemies of God ourselves? 
  • Feb 24, 2019Jonah 3:1-10- The Grace of God
    Feb 24, 2019
    Jonah 3:1-10- The Grace of God
    Series: JONAH
    Grace is a word that has suffered a devaluation withing the church. Nineveh was the most unlikeley candidate for God's love, one that angered the prophet. But as the truth of God's word was recieved by His enemies, things began to change. We need to remember as the church, as the heralds of God's Kingdom among His enemies, that spreading the Word of the Gospel actually has the power to change whole societies. 
  • Feb 17, 2019Jonah 2:1-10The Depths of Doubt
    Feb 17, 2019
    Jonah 2:1-10The Depths of Doubt
    Series: JONAH

    While Jonah desired to escape God at the beginning of the story, he now realizes that God is his only hope. How many times can we identify with this feeling. Sin always causes us to realize that once it's false promises are made apparent, God is the only One who has never let us down. The truth is, doubt in God's grace leaves us totally hopeless. 

  • Feb 10, 2019Grace in the Judgment
    Feb 10, 2019
    Grace in the Judgment
    Series: JONAH
    God's plans can never be thwarted. Even in Jonah's disobedience, the plan of God progresses without modification. Even in the judgment incurred by, Jonah, we see God's grace poured out on everyone involved. How is the church guilty of placing others in peril when she doesn't obey the Lord's instruction? And yet despite this failure, God's grace is unabated.
  • Oct 4, 2015From Salvation to Selfishness?
    Oct 4, 2015
    From Salvation to Selfishness?
    Series: JONAH
    Pastor Stephen dives into the final chapter of Jonah's story, as he reviews the lessons we can learn from chapter 4 as it relates to our lives today.  Not all stories have a happy ending, but all stories do eventually end.  When you look at the life of the Prophet Jonah--are you more concerned with yourself and your reputation or the souls of others.  In this series, we've come to learn that God always has the final word--and this story proves to be no exception.
    Live to fulfill your calling and allow God to use you to make a big impact for His Kingdom.
    Jonah 4
  • Sep 20, 2015When Rebels Repent…
    Sep 20, 2015
    When Rebels Repent…
    Series: JONAH
    Have you ever considered what true Biblical repentance look like?  It is more than saying, "I'm sorry."  It is more than carrying around feelings of regret.  It is more than realizing that you have done things or said things that are wrong.  True Biblical repentance involves acknowledging your sins, confessing them to God, and turning your life around.
    In the story of Jonah, we see both this wayward prophet and the entire wicked city of Nineveh come to repentance.  In the king's decree, we see that both his head and his heart had changed.  The Ninevites not only believed in the words of God, but they cried out urgently to Him and then put their faith into action.  Are you crying out urgently to God and allowing Him to change your heart and your behavior?  Listen to today's sermon, and submit to our King's commands.
    Key Text:  Jonah 3:5-10
  • Sep 13, 2015A Feast and A Fast
    Sep 13, 2015
    A Feast and A Fast
    Series: JONAH
    A Feast and A Fast
    This morning's message came as Israel ushered in the Feast of Trumpets with the blowing of the shofar at sundown at 6:48pm IDT (or 10:48am CDT).  Pastor Stephen spoke about the signs in the heavens, the mission of Jonah, and how the two correlate in Scripture.  The thrust of the story of Jonah is that we (like Jonah) are to carry the Word of the Lord to a lost and dying world (Nineveh).  Those who hear it must repent and wholeheartedly seek the Lord to avoid the decree of death and destruction that is soon to come for the wicked and unrepentant.
    God created the heavens, the earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars which all submit to His will to announce sacred times and holy appointments ordained by the Lord, as we have observed in 2014-2015.  As the Jewish people celebrate the 6,000th year of Adam (creation of humanity); and if "a day is like a thousand years," could we be ushering in the Millennial reign on the 7th day?  Listen, think about it, and decide how you will respond to the Words of God.  Are you ready to meet your Maker?  Thy kingdom come...Thy will be done.
    Key Text:  Jonah 3:5-6
  • Sep 6, 2015Second Chances and First Impressions
    Sep 6, 2015
    Second Chances and First Impressions
    Series: JONAH
    In today's sermon, Pastor Stephen shared some insights we can learn from Jonah's journey, as he was given a second chance to make a first impression on the Ninevites.  The truth is that God's plans for Jonah had not changed, but Jonah did.  While inside the belly of the great fish, he cried out to his God as his life ebbed away for a second chance to proclaim that "Salvation comes from the Lord!"  And in today's message, this wayward prophet is empowered and equipped with the very Words of God to speak to the Ninevites.  Throughout Scripture, we're given countless examples of God using people who once failed Him to accomplish great things for His Kingdom.  Our failures do not have to define us, but they can be used for our Father to refine us and make us more like Christ!
    Listen and be encouraged; then go and share the Good News that "Salvation comes from the Lord!"
    Key Text:  Jonah 3:1-5 (NIV)
  • Aug 30, 2015From the Inside Out
    Aug 30, 2015
    From the Inside Out
    Series: JONAH
    This week, Pastor Stephen explores one of the deepest prayers in Scripture--both from its physical origin inside the "abyss-bound" belly of the great fish and from the depths of Jonah's heart.  In the second chapter of Jonah, we again see many pictures of the sacrifice, death, and resurrection that would later come in the form of Jesus at Calvary.  Both Jonah and Jesus were given a mission by God--both came to expect death--one for his disobedience and One for his perfect obedience.  Listen to this week's message, and allow the story of Jonah to speak into your story and know that God is perfectly willing to use a crisis to draw you closer to the Christ.  There is no distance too far or sin too great that He doesn't hear our cries.  Stop clinging to the worthless things of this world, and choose not to forfeit the grace that could by yours. (vs.8)
    Arise Jonah...and Go!
    Key Text:  Jonah 1:17-2:10
  • Aug 23, 2015With or Without You
    Aug 23, 2015
    With or Without You
    Series: JONAH
    Pastor Stephen picks up where he left off last week in this whale of a tale by examining the intersection of God's will and Jonah's.  In today's sermon, Jonah sails directly into the path of a God-sized storm that was so severe that it threatened to bust up his boat.  The Lord loved Jonah so much that He was willing to sink his battleship before allowing Jonah to continue to set sail on the open seas of rebellion.  Listen to today's message and learn how lives are changed by God whether we are willing participants or running rebels.  God's ultimate purpose will be accomplished with us or without us...but God desires that we take part in the great "co-mission" with Him.
    Key Text:  Jonah 1:4-16 (NKJV)