This is the third week of our Jonah teaching series. If you have missed any of the other weeks then I encourage you to listen to the past two recorded worship services (faumc.org) to get caught up.
The prophet Jonah was an unusual servant of the Lord. Jonah was called on a mission very similar to that of other prophets: he was to cry repentance to a people ripening in iniquity. Unlike other prophets, however, Jonah responded by attempting to flee from his assignment.
Chapter 3 begins with these familiar words, “Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.’ So, Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord” (3:1-3). The same call from God came to the same prophet, telling him to go to the same people with the same message.
Fortunately, the God of the Bible is all about second chances.
We all receive calls, and sometimes we try to escape them. But we can repent, accept the call, and reap joy in our service to God and God’s people.
Come as Jonah reminds us that our God is a loving and forgiving God. God is so loving and forgiving that God’s only Son, Jesus, died on Calvary’s cross so that He could pay for all of our sins.
Praise be to our Living God, we are forgiven.
Blessings and Peace,