2
Feb
2015

God Relented

Sermon on Jonah 3:1-5, 10, for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, about the prophet Jonah being sent to Nineveh, and their repentance at God's Word. How does Jonah foreshadow Jesus? How does the book of Jonah address our attitudes and God's attitudes toward the lost? How does it demonstrate God's mission for the lost, and His mercy?

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9
Apr
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 8: “The Answer!”

The final sermon in the Lenten series adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Sermon for Good Friday, Jonah 4:1-11 about the open-ended question God leaves with Jonah and with us, about how He should have compassion on a sinful world.

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6
Apr
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 7: “On the Same Page”

The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Sermon on Jonah 4:1-4 for Lent 7, Maundy Thursday. A sermon about Jonah's reaction to Nineveh's repentance and God's grace, and examining our own hearts in relation to God's love. How was God's love reflected in Jesus' Last Supper, betrayal, and death for us?

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2
Apr
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 6:

The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Sermon on Jonah 3:5-10 for Lent 6, about the repentance of Nineveh, and our repentance.

For Holy Week read Jonah 4:1-11 and ask yourself:

1) Why is Jonah upset?

2) How often has the prosperity of another gotten under your skin? Have you found yourself feeling like Jonah who is “exceedingly displeased” and angry that God relents from bringing disaster upon the Ninevites?

3) How does God’s grace being given to another person assure you of his grace toward you?

Also read Matthew 12:38-42

Ask yourself:

1) The one sign which Jesus says will be provided is the sign of Jonah (a three day and three night confinement). To what two great events does Jesus’ three day and three night confinement refer?

2) How is Jesus similar to, and yet greater than Jonah?

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22
Mar
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 5: “The God of the Second Chance

The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

Sermon on Jonah 3:1-5 for Lent 5, about Jonah's sermon in Nineveh.

For Next Week read Jonah 3:6-10 and ask yourself:

1) How did repentance affect the daily lives of the Ninevites?

2) What effect does repentance have upon my life?

3) What is God’s attitude regarding repentance? (v.10)

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15
Mar
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 4:

The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

For Next Week read Jonah 3:1-4 and ask yourself:

1) What does it mean for my life that “the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time”?

2) Do you think Jonah willingly went to Nineveh?

3) What do you think of his sermon? Where is the Law? Where is the Gospel?

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8
Mar
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 3

Sermon on Jonah 1:1-17, for Midweek Lent 3. The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

For Next Week read Jonah 2:1-10. Ask yourself:

1) How do times of distress affect my prayer life?

2) How fervent am I in prayer when life is going well?

3) How does distress re-orient my thinking toward God?

4) Is the power of prayer found in my sincerity, my persistence, or God’s grace?

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1
Mar
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 2: “Saved in the Storm!”

Sermon on Jonah 1:4-16, for Midweek Lent 2. The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is adapted from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

For Next Week Re-read Jonah 1.

Ask yourself:

1) How is the power of God’s word exhibited in the action of the fish?

2) Why does God stick with Jonah?

3) From your knowledge of the entire book, can you recall the three other times when God provides for Jonah?

4) What do God’s provisions for this prodigal prophet tell you?

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23
Feb
2012

Jonah, The Survivor Series: Part 1: “God is Calling!”

Sermon for Ash Wednesday.  The following Lenten series I will be preaching on is taken from Dr. Reed Lessing's series on Jonah the prophet. Dr. Lessing is professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

For Next Week: Read Jonah 1:4-16 and ask yourself:

1) Even when God, in his grace, has sought me, how have I dug in my heels, refusing to hearken to him?

2) How has my acting in such a fashion caused trouble for others?

3) How was Jonah’s sacrifice similar to as well as different from that of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross?

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29
Jan
2009

God’s Constant Mercy

Sermon on Jonah 3:1-5, 10 for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon Talking Points

1. What task might God be calling you to, for which you are a reluctant worker?

2. Are there people you have given up on witnessing to, because you assumed they were “beyond hope”?

3. How does God show His constant mercy to the repentant?

4. How is the sign of Jonah related to Jesus?

5. What assurance does Jesus’ constant mercy to us at the cross bring to those who have repented and are troubled of their sin?

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