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We’re going to learn three things tonight. Jonah teaches us about the kingdom of mercy, the God of mercy, and the cost of mercy. So first, Jonah’s problem in chapter 1 teaches us about the kingdom of mercy. Jonah in verse 1 is called by the Lord to be a prophet and we know that from 2 Kings 14 Jonah was from the north, from Israel. This was...

"This man receives sinners and eats with them." You can almost hear the disgust and the irritation in the voices of the Pharisees as they grumbled against Jesus. There's contempt in their insult because they're trying to ruin Jesus' reputation; they're trying to discredit Him. And this is not an isolated incident, is it? There was a pattern of mistreatment on the part of the Pharisees against Jesus...

As you're turning there and before we read a large portion of this passage together, let me begin by asking you some of the images that went out on the various forms of modern media where it's almost as if the oceans themselves seem to turn against humanity, where nothing remains in their path, as wave after wave after wave pounds the shorelines at various places around the...

Rooted

Before we read it a little, let me quickly say a word of thanks. Ed and Emily Hartman, I think, are taking a few days well deserved to recover from the busyness of Mission Conference but we do owe them a great debt, as well as Beth Archer and the Missions Conference Committee and all of you who were involved, some of you in unrecognized ways behind the...

Now you may be asking, “Why are we looking at it again, then, if he did such a great job?” My answer is that this week you’re going to get in the mail this little booklet which is our 2019 Global Mission Conference summary. It’s going to tell you all about what’s coming in just a few weeks. I’m asking you to think about this booklet and the...

Fifteen years ago, Hans Mumm was given a really difficult assignment. Hans Mumm was a civilian but he worked in the Defense Intelligence Service and the Iraq War had just begun. The intelligence community had identified the fifty most important targets, people, in Iraq. The conviction was, that in order to win the war, these fifty men had to be either captured or killed; one way or another...

Affliction in Verse

One of my favorite Presbyterian stories that I often use when we celebrate one of our children reciting the catechism was told by B.B. Warfield, the great 19th  century Princeton theologian. You’ve heard it from me now more than once, but I needed an illustration, and since I couldn’t think of any except this one, you’re going to hear it from me again. Warfield tells the story of...

Rescue

Christmas is a time for family. When we were kids, each Christmas in my family home, my brother and I would get up insufferably early. We usually would have to be sent back to bed two or three times before we were finally allowed out of our rooms. And then we’d all go downstairs and have breakfast. We were not allowed to touch the presents under the tree...

If you were with us last Lord’s Day Evening, we had a presbytery-wide celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. And the service was structured around the five Solas; those five slogans, almost, that summarized many of the central concerns of the Reformation. Since tonight I have a stand-alone message to preach – next Lord’s Day Evening we’ll have Dr. John Blanchard with us – I thought...

In one of his letters to the humanist, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, Martin Luther offered as an indictment of Erasmus’ thought a comment that probably diagnoses the causes of so many of the spiritual diseases that continue to plague our Christian lives even today. He said this. “Your thoughts of God are too human.” “Your thoughts of God are too human.” When friends pushed back with skepticism on...

If you have your Bibles, please take them and turn to the gospel of John, chapter 6; you’ll find it on page 892. If you’re using a pew Bible, 892. Just one verse tonight, but I’ll read beginning at verse 41 of John chapter 6. Before we hear the Word of God, let’s go to Him in prayer.

Our Father, we long for the...

Rewire

1 Corinthians chapter 7 – let me just give you an outline of some things to look for. This is where we'll be going as we work through the material and then we'll read it together after we pray. First of all, Paul is going to teach us about singleness and the gift of God. Singleness and the gift of God. Then secondly, divorce and the Word of...

Rewire

Let’s think about the word of warning Paul gives us here first of all. Would you look with me at verses 9 and 10 please? One of the great temptations when you come to this passage is to focus prematurely on the list of sins that will exclude a person from the kingdom of God and to skip right over the nature of the problem itself at Corinth. We talked about the...

Deep and Wide

So as we talk about our motivations for missions, let’s just go ahead and stop pretending and let’s go ahead and confess that we are a people in our day and time that are not very good at defining and even naming or even knowing our motivations for anything. Can we just rest by acknowledging that? Everybody say, “Amen!” If anybody asks you – this is how you’re...

Deep and Wide

When he says here, “Remember your leaders,” what he’s saying here is – I’m reminded of what Paul, when he writes Timothy, he says, “I long to be with you.” Do you hear that? He has spent time with Timothy training him in the Gospel, and he can’t be with him geographically. And he says, “I long to be with you so that my joy may be full.”...

Rewire

Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, one of the great evangelical noble women of England in the first half of the 18th century during the Great Awakening, she was a supporter and a patron of the early Methodists, especially of the ministry of the great George Whitefield, and she used to say that she knew she was going to get to heaven thanks entirely to the letter “M.”...

This is God’s Word and by it, He intends to shape not only our thinking but the affections of our hearts and this is what we’re trusting Him to do. With that in mind, let me tell you where I’ve been thinking and studying over the past several weeks, even months. For whatever the reason, the Lord has had Emily and me both reading and talking, marinating and...

The Gospel for the Rest of Us

One author tells the story of Sam. It’s right after the Civil War and he was freed, but unlike so many at that time, he loved his master and his master loved him. His master was old when he was set free and so Sam cared for him until his master, Tom, died. And after his master died, Sam lived in a ramshackle little hut. He had really...

Rewire

The great German reformer, Martin Luther, I think understood the inner logic of our passage when he used the old Latin phrase, “crux probat omnia;” “crux probat omnia” – the cross is the test of everything. The cross is the test of everything. You see for Christians, the cross of Jesus Christ isn’t simply the center and the foundation of our faith and devotion. It becomes the gauge and the standard by...

Rewire

So as I said, this is Paul’s spiritual biography of the Corinthian believers. Here’s what grace has done in them, is doing in them. Here’s what grace may yet be doing or may yet still do among us. And as we look over these six verses, I want to highlight four aspects in particular of the Christian life that we find here that Paul celebrates in the Corinthians...

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