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Besides being the world’s greatest fish story, the story of Jonah is much like our own. We are often reluctant to follow God, especially when he asks us to be challenged or stretched. In order to grow and develop us, he will often put us in circumstances beyond our control. We also see in Jonah that the heart of God for great cities has not changed – he feels the same love for Denver as he did for Ninevah. This series will go through all four chapters of Jonah and explore how what it means to follow Jesus today.

January 7-8, 2017: You Can Run but You Can’t Hide

Rather than follow the call of God, Jonah decided to head the other direction. It literally says “Jonah ran away from the Lord” and went his own direction. What he learns is this: you can run from God but you can never hide from God. Jonah’s disobedience affected others as well, challenging the common myth that faith is a private matter.

Jonah 1

January 14-15, 2017: Returning to God

After his whale of an experience, Jonah has a change of heart. Chapter two is his prayer to God – one of repentance, gratefulness, and a new determination to do what is right. It reflects Jonah’s belief in the power of God – something he had just experienced first-hand. His experience led him to make this promise: “What I have vowed I will make good.”

Jonah 2

January 21-22, 2017: God’s Infuriating Grace (Phil Christian)

Jonah goes to Ninevah and delivers the warning from God. The king responds as God wanted – with repentance and a desire to change. The chapter ends with these words: “When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” As we will see in chapter four, sometimes God’s grace doesn’t sit well with us — just as it didn’t sit well with Jonah.

Jonah 3

January 28-29, 2017: When You Want to Have A Pity Party and God Won’t Join You

God is not a fan of pity parties. Rather than rejoice that God had spared the people of Ninevah, Jonah believed God had done the wrong thing and was angry at God. But God asks a very important question: “Do you have any right to be angry?” It’s a question similar to those God asks Job. God finishes the book with a reminder that he loves and cares for people.

Jonah 4