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Man's Goal Is God's Glory (1 of 5)
This morning we begin a brand new series on the book of Jonah. This is a fabulous Old Testament book where we see the love, grace, faithfulness, and mercy of God. That's why I've entitled this series, God's Relentless Grace.
Though the Bible is comprised of sixty-six different books, it tells only one story; and God keeps communicating that message to us, even though we don't always listen too attentively. How long-suffering He is toward us!
As a church, 2016 is the year we focus on serving God, serving others, and serving the world. God's desire for us to serve others and share the gospel is seen in the book of Jonah. God called Jonah to go to another country and preach the message of repentance and salvation.
*We all have goals in life. We especially like to make goals in the New Year. Take a moment and think about some of your goals. We have personal goals, professional goals and family goals. We have goals for Second Baptist; to impact our community for Christ; to grow and be a light in the darkness. I have the goal of being a good husband and a good father. I want to be a good pastor, a faithful child of God. Your goals may be similar or they may be different. But one thing is true concerning the most important goal of man; man's main goal in his life is to glorify God.*
What is the Book of Jonah about? Well, it's not simply about a great fish (mentioned only four times), or a great city (named nine times), or even a disobedient prophet (mentioned eighteen times). It's about God! God is mentioned thirty-eight times in these four short chapters, and if you eliminated Him from the book, the story wouldn't make sense. The Book of Jonah is about the will of God and how we respond to it. It's also about the love of God and how we share it with others.
I really believe that this is the theme of the book of Jonah. We see it over and over again in this small, four-chapter ...
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