State of the Church 2017 Part 1

 

Every August we do a state of the church. This year we are doing that through a video series that’s going to show each of the Sundays in August. The state of the church gives us a chance to look back and then look ahead.

When we’re done with this video series, I hope you will be more excited than ever to dive in and join us moving toward where God is calling us this next year.

I want to remind you that it is exciting to see what all the Lord has done this past ministry year as the church has gathered.

But the most exciting thing for us always is the church scattered. It’s you and I living out the gospel Monday through Saturday in all areas in this city. So I hope you’ll be informed and I hope you’ll celebrate with us. It’s been a great year.

Jesus is the New Jonah

From “Jonah: The Run and the Chase”
Full Sermon Here

800 years after this account of Jonah, another Jonah gets the call to go preach. For their evil has risen up against me. My Bible says that this Jonah’s name is Jesus. In Matthew 12, he says that just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so shall the Son of Man be.

This is our good news. This is our hope. If you are a runner, and you are, Jesus says triumphantly in Matthew 12 a greater than Jonah is here.

Where that Jonah fails, the new Jonah succeeded. Where the old Jonah ran, the new Jonah accepted God’s call. Where the old Jonah failed, the new Jonah was victorious. His name is Jesus Christ. Hear the good news of the gospel.

If you’re a runner and you are running from God, there is hope. The story ends well. You’re not done. A greater than Jonah is here. And he’s chasing after you.

Somebody needed to hear that your running is not so extensive that the Lord God can’t find you. He can catch you and bring you to where you need to be.