Worship Preparation: Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday, November 8, 2020
 
Read the sermon text: Jonah

Read the sermon summary: Whom do you most despise? Of course, we must love all people even as we hate injustice and unrighteousness. But, more than likely, if you reflect upon this question, some sorts of people come to mind. Some examples might include those who vulgarly mock the name of Jesus, blatant racists, those who do violence, murderers, rapists, abortionists. The list could go on. Jonah despised the Ninevites. Because of their godlessness, he wanted the Lord to destroy them, but the Lord had other plans. From Jonah’s disobedience, to Ninevah’s repentance, to the Lord’s compassion upon them, this little prophet is full of big surprises. In the Amos-Obadiah-Jonah group, we see the Lord’s concern for the nations. In Jonah, we see that salvation belongs to the Lord. He gives his Spirit to those whom he will that they might respond in repentance and faith. No sinner is out of his reach. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: Where else in Scripture do we see the phrase, “Salvation is of the Lord,” and what bearing might that have on our understanding of Jonah? How does Jonah's message fit in with the rest of the minor prophets and connect to Hosea 3:4-5? What is surprising about the ending of the book of Jonah?
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
There Is A Fountain
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
 
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
 
Dear dying Lamb Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow'r
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more
 
E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
 
When this poor lisping stamm'ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave
Then in a nobler sweeter song
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
Then in a nobler sweeter song
I'll sing Thy pow'r to save
 
CCLI Song # 27707
Edwin Othello Excell | Lowell Mason | William Cowper
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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CCLI License # 11078052
 
Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler

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