06.08.14 Worship Confessional

assemblage-jonah7-lgThe delight we feel at the happy outcome of chapter 3 is completely lost on Jonah. Chapter 4 opens by completing the sketch of his character in such unfavorable colors that it is shocking. In so doing, however, the author puts in place an important element of his books message that enables it to called the most self assured reader to self-examination. Those who see in Jonah only the antithesis of their own essentially irreproachable theology, or who assume that their knowledge of God has prevented mistakes and corruption of this magnitude, need to see parenthesis as we all do parenthesis that the ethic of chapter 4 is both a mighty deep and a glorious height that must drive repentance and trust in divine forgiveness. (Daniel C Timmer, A Gracious and Compassionate God: Mission, Salvation and Spirituality in the book of Jonah)

Today as we concluded our series, Jonah: The Outrageous Love of God, I invited our community to imagine that there was a Jonah 5, which recorded our response to this Old Testament narrative. What might our lives look like in these four dimensions?

  • Anger: Jonah became anger over God’s attitude and behavior toward Nineveh. What causes us to be angry? Do we have a righteous anger or unrighteous anger? Does our anger move us to holy action or sinful behavior?
  • God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways: Jonah could not comprehend God’s heart for everything God had created (God even had mercy on the animals in Nineveh). Where do we need to have our imagination expanded, so we can began to more fully comprehend the mind of God?
  • Mercy Triumphs over Judgement: Jonah was all about judgement; God was about mercy. How do we sort these out in our everyday lives? Are you quicker to judge or extend mercy?
  • Image Bearers: Jonah knew that God was gracious, compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. As bearers of the divine image, are these qualities manifest in our lives?

Let me close with this compelling quote from R.W. Glenn: “Until you’re outraged by God’s love, you’ll never think it’s outrageous; until you’re offended by God’s love, you’ll never be overwhelmed by it.”

“Until you’re outraged by God’s love, you’ll never think it’s outrageous; until you’re offended by God’s love, you’ll never be overwhelmed by it.” – See more at: http://www.davidwesterfield.net/2010/01/the-outrageous-love-of-god-r-w-glenn/#sthash.lGg6D1Lt.dpuf

“Until you’re outraged by God’s love, you’ll never think it’s outrageous; until you’re offended by God’s love, you’ll never be overwhelmed by it.” – See more at: http://www.davidwesterfield.net/2010/01/the-outrageous-love-of-god-r-w-glenn/#sthash.lGg6D1Lt.dpuf

 

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Because of Your Love (Baloche and Brown)
  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • Recognition of Our Graduates
  • Commissioning
  • Benediction (Matt Redmann)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message (Jonah 4)
  • Lord, Have Mercy (Toops and Fields)
  • Lord, I Need You (Matt Maher)

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend in worship at The Worship Community.

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