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And He Himself gave some to be....evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ...
- Ephesians 4:11-12

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Go Fish

Last week we left Jonah Going Overboard and sinking in the sea. This Sunday we will pick up where the Great Fish comes in.

This weeks message can be found here: Go Fish - Jonah 1:17-2:10

This fourth message in our series titled "Why Go?" in Jonah finds us examining Jonah 1:17-2:10. In this text we discover:

  • God is Sovereign - 1:17a
  • Jonah is Swallowed - 1:17b
  • The Fish's Supper Supplicates - 2:1-6
  • Jonah Submits to God - 2:7-9a
  • God Saves Jonah - 2:9b
  • God Speaks to the Fish - 2:10a
  • The Fish Spits Jonah Up - 2:10b
  • Application: Surviving Affliction

Through this message we will learn more about the sovereignty of God and His control over all of His creation (Job 12:7-9; 40-41; Psalm 74:13-14; 104:24-26), even the wild animals. And we will learn in applying the text how to Survive Affliction. There are three steps that we see Jonah take as an example to us when we are overwhelmed with a flood of affliction. Those steps are:

1. Cry Out to God - Psalm 34:19
2. Confess the Sovereignty of God - Psalm 69
3. Comfort is found in the Word of God - Psalm 119:50

And they can be summed up by saying that in order to endure affliction we must focus on God. Notice - cry out to God, confess to God, find comfort in the Word of God. If our focus remains on self and our suffering we will fail the test! Focus on God - He will save you!!


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