Jonah 4:1-11

Jonah wasn’t running away from doing what he was told; he was running away from God’s for Jonah’s

Who are your ?

Jonah is on a with God. 

God is profoundly more and than we think he is and we as humans are much more than we would like to admit.   

The (mostly) good news: We are all and we are all .

Jonah 2:1-10

  1. How do we ?
  2. What are we praying from? 
  3. are we praying to? 

God you.

God is on your side.

He is coming after you.

He is .

– Eugene Peterson

Jonah 1: 1-17 | Matthew 12:38-41

The is important but it is not the point. 

God loves you.

God is on your side.

He is coming after you.

He is relentless.

– Eugene Peterson

Some Background:

  • Who is Jonah/prophets?
  • Who is reading this?
  • Why are they reading this?

There are competing visions as to what leads to human flourishing and the fight for our allegiance. The role of the prophet is to remind the world that God alone is the one true source of life. Anything else, in the prophetic imaginations, to ruin

Everytime I find myself saying “Jonah is such an idiot” is an invitation for me to recognize how I am Jonah

Am I going to be faithful to God’s vision for what it means for me and the earth to flourish? 

Like Jonah we run from the incredible call God has on our lives.  

Like Jonah, we have fallen asleep at the spiritual wheel of our lives.  

Having the correct theology doesn’t automatically mean that we will… 

  1. live faithfully.
  2. not endanger those around us with our spiritual apathy

God has the power to work of you but He would prefer to work you.

There are times when the only thing that will wake us from our slumber is a

Two questions to bring to God tonight: 

  1. How are you running from God right now?
  2. Where are you asleep at the spiritual wheel?

Matthew 2:1-20

Epiphany: appearing, manifestation, glorious display.

We spend 24 days Jesus coming on Christmas Day. Maybe we should spend 12 days this moment’s implications for our world? 

The birth of Jesus means being in community with people who make us .

Too often the political significance of Jesus’ birth, a significance that Herod understood all too well, is lost because the church, particularly the church in America, reads the birth as a confirmation of the assumed position that religion has within the larger framework of politics. That is, the birth of Jesus is not seen as a threat to thrones and empires because religion [is the realm of] the private. Such a view does not intentionally downplay the importance of the Gospel, since it is assumed that the private deals with the most important aspect of our life, which is often labeled “morality.” The gospel of Matthew, however, knows no distinction between the public (the political) and the private. Jesus is born into time, threatening the time of Herod and Rome.” 

– Stanley Hauerwas

When Christians proclaim, “Jesus is King” it is a and claim about how the world is organized.

can point us to

The response to the miracle of Christmas are moments saturated with joy and worship

The wise men are warned in a dream not to return to Herod but to return to their own country by another. It is quite significant the wise men return to their own country. It seems that God did not mean for them to stay in Israel, which, given the joy they experienced, must have been a temptation. Rather, they are charged to return home, becoming an outpost, a witness, to part of the story that brings us joy. That journey might well be called ‘another way’ that we too must take The Kingdom is a journey, another road, whereby followers of Jesus may well find that they are strangers even when they are at home.’”

 – Stanley Hauerwas

During Epiphany, it is made clear that the Christmas invitation is to follow the alternate, joyous way of worshiping King Jesus. 

God’s presence with us is our .

God being “God with us” through means we are called to embody for each other. 

How is God calling you to be “God with us” others?

How is God inviting you to recognize “God with us” others?

God us.

God with us means we have a

Stillness with God gives Him to become our

God being with us is an to be .

It is God with us, God with me.

is with us. 

The idea of Division Over Peace culminates in the because:

  1. The resurrection justifies the claims of Jesus. 
  2. The resurrection fully reveals what it means to bring


Mary’s journey of grief and joy are an example of the and that Jesus’s resurrection brings.

The resurrection is because it is difficult to believe that resurrection and hope are possible when we see

Jesus’s resurrection makes it clear that our lives on earth still have a even though we will die. 

Jesus claims to be  

Jesus cannot be simply . I must reject him or of my life.

Why can’t I just like Jesus? 

The depth of evil is it requires an unending source of to overcome it. 

  1. I must become I long to see in the world. 

To be a Christian is to have that, while there is a myriad of evidence to the contrary, Jesus’s Kingdom and his way is God’s

Because , we can trust that as we follow him we will begin to experience the .

Dust Wk 2 | 10.3.21

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.

Mark 2:1-2

Transformative moments with Jesus happen in and also in

Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Mark 2:3-5

We all need a of people who will to get us to the feet of Jesus. 

I am hesitant to build friendships with people who believe differently than me, whether politically, socially, theologically, etc., because I am often  in my beliefs or am about what I think my might communicate to others about me.

I rightfully don’t want someone to feel like they are my

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Mark 2:6-7

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” 

Mark 2:8-11

Radical requires radical

So he said to the man,  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

Mark 2:12


Dust: Wk 1 | 9.26.21 

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”  At once they left their nets and followed him.”

Mark 1:16-18

When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.

Mark 1:19-20

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news” 

Mark 1:14-15

We are invited to Jesus so closely that we are to be covered in from his sandals.

“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

To be made like Christ is to have my and conformed to the pattern of Jesus in such a way that I the very thing I long to see happen in the world.  

We do not God’s Kingdom. We are into it as God’s Spirit makes us more like .

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Matthew  11:28-30 (MSG) 

Will you be part of a church community that is ?

Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news” 

Mark 1:14-15