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The Embrace of Grace

Scandalous Grace

The Embrace of Grace

Luke 7:36-47

The Pharisees thought that Jesus’s proximity to such a great sinner discredited him. Jesus, on the other hand, came to save sinners, no matter how much they have sinned.

Great forgiveness provides the opportunity for great love.

Confession

Psalms: Life as Worship

Confession

Psalm 130

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Why is confession so important? Our lives and this world are not what they should be, yet we prefer the lie and run toward the depths. Fortunately, the destination of our confession is The One who loves to forgive.

 

Jonah: Both the Prodigal Son & Elder Brother

Jonah: God’s Call to All

Jonah: Both the Prodigal Son & Elder Brother

Luke15:11–32

All are lost in sin, rebellion, and anger. Fooled by fake freedom, Jonah and the Prodigal went away from The Father. Clouded by arrogant pride, Jonah and the Elder Brother were full of wrath toward the helpless, who need the grace of The Father. Both stories end with a plea from The Father, who is full of love and mercy for all. What are you living for?

  1. How is Jonah like the Prodigal Son? (Am I free enough?)
  2. How is Jonah like the Elder Son? (Am I good enough?)
  3. How are We like Jonah, the Prodigal, and the Elder Son?

Upside Down Repentance

Jonah: God’s Call to All

Upside Down Repentance

Jonah 3:1:10

God mercifully pursues Nineveh through a poor message and a reluctant prophet. The people of Nineveh repent and God relents. His message is the same for the people of God as it was for the unbelievers: If you repent, He will relent.”

 

A Redeemed Heart

Jonah: God’s Call to All

A Redeemed Heart

Jonah1:17-2:10

The story in Jonah, as it is throughout God’s Word, is that God wants you to have a redeemed heart.

  1. A redeemed heart finds refuge in God’s Word.
  2. A redeemed heart has an eternal perspective.
  3. A redeemed heart, as much as it is able, is willing to make things right.

Salvation Belongs to the Lord

Jonah: God’s Call to All

Salvation Belongs to the Lord

Jonah1:17-2:10

It is the Lord, who saves those weak sinners fleeing from Him. There is no other savior, and it is not we, who save ourselves.

  1. Salvation is not the exclusive possession of one group.
  2. God extends salvation to the most unlikely.
  3. God will go to extraordinary means to save us.
  4. If salvation is of the Lord, then it’s by His way or manner.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Parables: Truths About God’s Kingdom

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 18: 21-35, Genesis 4: 23-24

With this parable Jesus teaches about the reality of the debt of our sin and forgiveness. Grasping how much God has forgiven us allows us to have a forgiving heart toward others.

  • An Unforgiving Heart
  • A Forgiving Heart
  • What forgiveness really is
    • Forgiveness means: giving up the right to seek repayment from the one who harmed you.
    • Someone always pays, on every debt.

Blessing in the Midst of Suffering

The Life of Joseph: Pain & Providence

Blessing in the Midst of Suffering

Genesis 39

Have you ever been punished for doing the right thing? Why should I do good when nothing good will come out of it? Why should we go out of our way to bless others?

  • We can bless others when circumstances aren’t what we want them to be.
  • We can bless others when people aren’t what we want them to be.
  • We can bless others when results aren’t what we want them to be.