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Responding to the Gospel (4 of 5)
Today, we continue our series through the book of Jonah. I've entitled this series God's Relentless Grace because that's exactly what we see in this book. God is continually gracious and merciful. To Jonah, to the people of Nineveh, and to all of us. And from Jonah 3 today, I want to talk to you about the subject, Responding to the Gospel. READ TEXT
*I guess we respond to things a thousand times a day. For most of us, it starts with the alarm clock every morning. Then we respond to text messages, phone calls, email, and all kinds of conversation. We respond to heat, cold, hunger, and pain. We respond to humor, anger, love, respect, and fear. We respond to victories, setbacks, and defeats. But how we respond makes a big difference. Chuck Swindoll once said, ''I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% of how I react to it.'' How we respond makes a big difference. And that is especially true when it comes to Jesus. Nothing is more important than our response to Jesus. Nothing is more important than how you respond to the gospel.*
Here, in Jonah 3, we see a rebellious and wicked people hear the message of judgment, respond in repentance, and receive the grace and mercy of God. This morning, we see three truths about the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ.
The message of the gospel is always the same: 1-4
The Old Testament believers looked forward to a day when Messiah would come; we look back, knowing that Jesus Christ is that Messiah. It has always been by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Psalms 22 recounts the acts of the crucifixion some 2,000 years before that form of execution was even invented. God's plan was in place from the beginning. Sin didn't catch God by surprise, Satan didn't catch God by surprise, and the cross didn't' catch God by surprise.
God's call to Jonah was consistent. The same command is given once again. READ 1-2 Your point ...
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