Through all of my recent travels, meetings, and even other preaching times, I have had Jonah on my mind. And so I leave now to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the Book of Jonah at the wonderful Grace Presbyterian Church, Douglasville, Georgia, where one of our fine alumni ministers,The Rev. Dr. Jon Payne, is now pastor. I pray that the Lord will supply what I lack, strengthen where I am weak, give boldness where I am timid, renew what is tired, enliven what is lethargic, sanctify what is sensate, and use His Word and His Spirit to reach hearts and expand vision of the saints and sincerely seeking God feareres to commit, in Jonah, to follow the Christ who leads forth the growing Kingdom of God, whose future members will not only surprise us, but who wait, in God’s sovereign design, for us to come to them. Here in this book of Jonah, which is historical, reliable, infallable and inerrant, filled with miracles and resplendant with the glory of Christ Jesus our Lord, all paltry paraochialism and wrong-headed, theological tribalism is crushed under the weight of the marvelous, expansive love of the resurrected Jesus Christ in this glorous testimony. May the preacher himself come to know, again, the mercy of Christ that redeems, cleanses, gives hope, and brings new life eternal; a mercy that is so wondrously “deep and wide.”
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