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Running to the Lost

Often, we're like Jonah—but we belong to Jesus.


Should God have any enemies?

The popular answer these days is basically this: "No, God shouldn't have any enemies … if there is a God, then he must be tolerant. He accepts everyone just as they are."

It's true that the Bible has a ton to say about God's love, but God's love is far more complex than popular ideas about tolerance. It has to be. The reason for that is because we live in a world that has been complicated by injustice and suffering and evil, so to talk about tolerance merely is not enough.

In this fallen, broken world, should God have enemies? If so, then who should those enemies be? Terrorists? Big corporations? Religious know-it-alls? Racists? Your difficult neighbors? How you answer that question reveals a lot about you and what you believe about God.

But at the end of the day, what we think doesn't matter. The truth is what matters. If God really does have enemies, then we want to know who they are. More importantly, we want to do whatever it takes to make sure that we are in right relationship with God.

The first half of the Book of Jonah is this amazing story of Jonah's disobedience and God's fierce and gracious pursuit of Jonah. Chapter two ends with Jonah rescued from the bottom of the ocean and vomited onto dry land by a huge fish—but at least he's alive!

Now God's call goes to Jonah again, and so we come to chapter three.

I want to consider three things: God's unconditional grace, Jonah's irrational anger, and then we'll wrap up by thinking about Jesus' unstoppable mission.

I don't know where you are in your relationship with God. Maybe you're angry at God. Maybe you're indifferent toward him. Maybe you don't think you need him. Or maybe you've given up on him. Whatever wrong attitudes ...

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Geoff Chang is an associate pastor at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR.

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Sermon Outline:


I. God's unconditional grace

II. Jonah's irrational anger

III. Jesus' unstoppable mission