Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Revival

Posted: February 28th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Revival

>Seeing Revival from God’s Perspective

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. THE PROPHET’S PLEA
A. RESPONDING
>>1. CITING

Hab 3:1 A Psalm of Habakkuk the prophet, set to poetry
>>2. CHARGING
Hab 3:19b To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

B. REFLECTING
>>1. CONVINCING

Hab 3:2a O Lord, I have heard reports about You; I stand in awe at Your work, O Lord. (also Ps 44:1-3)
>>2. CRYING
Hab 3:2b In our time revive it; in our time make them known.
>>3. CALLING
Hab 3:2c In wrath remember mercy.

II. THE PROPHET’S PSALMS
A. RECALLING GOD’S DELIVERANCE (PSALM 1 OF HABAKKUK)
>>1. COMING

Hab 3:3-4 God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens, and His praise filled the earth. His brightness was like sunlight; rays flashed from His hand where His power was held. (also Is 11:16; Ex 40:34-38; Deut 5:24; 33:2; I Jn 1:5; Rev 21:23)
>>2. COMPELLING
Hab 3:5-7 Pestilence preceded Him, and plague followed His steps. He stood and shook the earth; He looked and terrified the nations. Then the eternal mountains were dispersed; the eternal hills collapsed. His paths were everlasting. I saw the tents of Cush troubled; curtains hanging in the land of Midian quivered. (also Ex 5; Num 14:12; Deut 28-32; Is 40:12)

B. REMEMBERING GOD’S VICTORIES (PSALM 2 OF HABAKKUK)
>>1. CONQUERING

Hab 3:8-11 Were you angry with the rivers, O Lord? Did you set your face against the rivers, or Your outrage against the sea, when You rode on your horses, on Your chariot of deliverance?
You unsheathed Your bow, calling for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers. The mountains saw You and crumbled ; the raging waters swept past; the depths roared; it lifted its waves on high. The sun and moon stayed in their place at the light of Your flying arrows, at the glint of Your flashing spear.
(also Ex 19; Josh 3:15; 10:12-14)
>>2. CELEBRATING
Hab 3:12-15 You marched in fury across the earth; in anger You threshed the nations.
You marched out for deliverance of Your people, for salvation of Your anointed.
You subdued the head of the house of the wicked, stripping him bare from head to foot. You used his own spear on the king’s head, whose warriors came like a whirlwind to attack me, boasting as if secretly devouring the poor.
You marched through the sea with Your horses, heaping up waves of the water.
(also Judges 8:7)

III. THE PROPHET’S PRAYER
A. REACTING
>>1. CONFOUNDING

Hab 3:16a When I heard, my body shook; my lips quivered at the sound; my bones felt weak; my legs trembled beneath me. (also Deut 28:58; Heb 10:31)
>>2. CONFIRMING
Hab 3:16b Yet I will rest, quietly awaiting the day of tribulation to come upon the nation invading us. (also Job 3:24-26)

B. REJOICING
>>1. CONTINUING

Hab 3:17 Though the fig tree does not bud, nor grapes on the vines, though the produce of the olive harvest fail. and the fields produce no crops, though there are no sheep in the fold and no cattle in the stalls,
>>2. CELEBRATING
Hab 3:18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.
>>3. CLIMBING
Hab 3:19 The Lord God is my strength; He makes my feet like the deer’s; He makes me climb to the heights! (also II Cor 12:9-10)


Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Sin

Posted: February 21st, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Sin

>Habakkuk: Seeing SIN from God’s Perspective

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. GOD CALLS SIN “SIN”
A. LOOKING WITHIN
>>1. WE ARE UNFAITHFUL/INSINCERE

Hab 2:4 Look – man’s soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him but the just shall live by his faith. (also Job 25:4)
>>2. WE ARE UNSETTLED/UNSATISFIED
Hab 2:5 Indeed, wine betrays that proud man who is restless and unsettled. His greed is as wide as a grave; like death he is unsatisfied. He gathers for himself all lands and collects all people as his own

B. LOOKING AT THE RESULTS
>>1. MOCKED

Hab 2:6a Will not all these take up taunts against him, with scoffing and parables saying:
>>2. TAUNTED

II. GOD CONDEMNS SIN
A. JUDGMENT ON EXTORTION/ROBBERY
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:6b-7a WOE to him who stacks up what is stolen and becomes rich on extortion — how long? Will not your own creditors arise? Will they awake and make you tremble? (also, Is 5:8-22; Jer 22:13; 23:1; Amos 5:18; 6:1; Deut 24:10-13; 2 Kgs 4:1-7; Neh 5:1-13)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:7b-8 Then you will be their target. Because you have plundered many lands, all the people who are left will plunder you, for shedding men’s blood and destruction of lands, cities, and human lives. (also Ex 20:15)

B. JUDGMENT ON EXPLOITATION/COVETOUS
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:9-10a WOE to him who builds his house on unjust gain, to set his nest on high, to be safe from the reach of harm! You have plotted to destroy others . . . (also Ex 20:17)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:10b-11 bringing shame on your family, forfeiting your own soul. For the stone in the wall will cry out, and the beams in the woodwork echo. (also Luke 12:16-21; 19:40)

C. JUDGMENT ON VIOLENCE/MURDER
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:12-13 WOE to him who builds a town with bloodshed and establishes a city on injustice! Hasn’t the Lord Almighty declared that all people work for is simply fuel for the fire, and nations exhaust themselves for nothing? (also Micah 3:9-10; Ex 20:13; Dan 4:27; Jer 51:58)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (also Is 11:9; Num 14:21; Ps 72:19; Heb 8:11)

D. JUDGMENT ON DEBAUCHERY/DRUNKENNESS
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:15 WOE to him who makes his neighbors drink— you vomit it out and make them drunk, in order to stare at their nakedness! (also Eph 5:18; Rev 18:6)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:16-17 You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Drink, and be exposed! The cup from the Lord’s right hand will come around to you, and disgrace will replace your glory! The violence done in Lebanon will devastate you, as will the destruction of their animals that terrified them. For you have shed men’s blood and destroyed lands, cities, and their people. (also Jer 49:12; II Kg 25:7-21)

E. JUDGMENT ON IDOLATRY/PAGAN WORSHIP
>>1. CRIMES

Hab 2:18-19 What value is in an idol carved by a craftsman, or a metal image that teaches lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! WOE to him who says to wood, Awake! Or to a lifeless stone, Arise! Can this teach? Look, it may be overlaid with gold and silver, but there’s not any breath in it (also I Kg 18:27; Jer 2:27)
>>2. CONSEQUENCES
Hab 2:20 But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (also Ps 11:4; 73:17; 46:10; Jas 4:7; Acts 17:29; Jn 1:3; Col 1:16; Rev 4:11)


Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Salvation

Posted: February 14th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of Salvation

>Habakkuk 2:1-4 God’s Perspective of Salvation

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. SIN EXPOSED
A. JUDGMENT ON NATIONAL EVIL IS COMING

>>1. WATCH FOR GOD’S MESSAGE
Hab 2:1 I will take my stand at my watch and station myself on the tower and look out to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer after I’m corrected.
>>2. WORK SHARING GOD’S MESSAGE
Hab 2:2 And the Lord replied: “Write the prophecy; engrave it in stone, so that anyone reading will run with the message.
>>3. WAIT FOR ITS FULFILLMENT
Hab 2:3 As yet the prophecy waits for its appointed time; it speaks of the end – it will not be proven false. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will certainly come; it will not delay.

B. JUDGMENT ON PERSONAL EVIL IS COMING
Hab 2:4a Look – man’s soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him.
>>1. WITNESS MAN’S NATURE (Rom 3:23; 6:23; Prov 21:2)
>>2. WEIGH MAN’S CONDITION (Heb 9:27; II Pet 2:9; Rev 20:12-13; Job 25:4)

II. SALVATION EXPRESSED
A. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH

Hab 2:4b but the just shall live by his faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD = “HIS”
>>2. PERSONAL

B. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Rom 1:17 but the just shall live by faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD = “JUST” (Rom 1:16-18; 4:3-22)
>>2. PERSONAL

C. MY JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Heb 10:38 but My just shall live by faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD IS “LIVE” (Heb 11:6)
>>2. PERSONAL

D. THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Gal 3:11 but the just shall live by faith.
>>1. OPERATIVE WORD = “FAITH” (Gal 3:10-14)
>>2. PERSONAL (Micah 6:8)

III. SUBSTANCE EXHIBITED
A. ILLUSTRATION OF THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

>>1. LUTHER’S SEARCH
>>2. LUTHER’S CONVERSION

B. LEGACY TODAY
>>1. LUTHER’S REFORMATION
>>2. REFORMED HERITAGE TODAY


Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of the World

Posted: February 7th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of the World

>Habakkuk: God’s Perspective of the World

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. QUESTIONS ABOUT PRAYER
A. UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD OF 600 BC

Hab 1:1 The message of doom that burdened the prophet Habakkuk.
>>1. ABOUT THE PROPHET
>>2. ABOUT THE PEOPLE

B. PLEADING FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION
>>1. WHY DOESN’T GOD ANSWER MY PRAYER?
Hab 1:2-3 Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and You will not hear? Or cry to You of wrong, and You will not deliver? Why do You allow me see iniquity when You look indifferently at wrong? Destruction and wrong surround me; strife and contention abound.
>>2. WHY DOESN’T GOD DO SOMETHING TO CONTROL EVIL?
Hab 1:4 So the Law seems paralyzed, and justice never happens. Wickedness hems in the righteous, so any judgment given is corrupted.

II. RESPONSE FROM GOD
A. RECOGNIZING THE ANSWER IS COMING

>>1. GOD IS WORKING EVEN IF WE DON’T UNDERSTAND
Hab 1:5 “Look at the nations and watch; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing something in your day that you won’t believe even if you were told.
(also Jer 5:9, 12)
>>2. GOD IS ANSWERING PRAYER
Hab 1:6 For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that angry and swift nation, who march across the breadth of the earth, to occupy other people’s lands.

B. KNOWING GOD WILL BRING JUSTICE ON LAWBREAKERS
>>1. GOD’S RESPONSE TO PRAYER IS NOT WHAT WE EXPECT
Hab 1:7-9 They are dreaded and feared; they are a law to themselves, promoting their own standards. Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves hunting at night; their horsemen push proudly ahead. Their horsemen come from remote places; they cover the landscape like an eagle eager to consume. Their intent is wholly for plunder; they always look for more, like a windstorm off the desert.
>>2. GOD CAN CHOOSE ANY METHOD TO JUDGE SIN
Hab 1:9a-11 They sweep up exiles like sand. They ridicule kings, laugh at political leaders, and mock every fortress, as they make ramps and batter it down.
Finally, the wind changes and they move another direction in their desires; their own might is their god!”

III. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FUTURE
A. ACCEPTING GOD’S PLAN

>>1. GOD IS JUDGING THROUGH BABYLON
Hab 1:12 Lord, aren’t You eternal, O my God, my Holy One? We won’t perish.
Lord, You have ordained them to execute judgment, and You, O Rock, have established them for punishment.

>>2. HOW CAN GOD TOLERATE AN EVEN MORE WICKED NATION?
Hab 1:13 Your pure eyes cannot look on evil nor endure wrongdoing. Why, then, do You tolerate the hidden agenda?
Why do You remain silent when the wicked swallows up those more righteous than he?

B. MAINTAINING INTEGRITY AND FAITH
>>1. WILL THIS JUDGMENT CONTINUE FOREVER?
Hab 1:14-17 You make humanity as if fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no leader. They pull all of them up with hooks, catching them in nets; they gather them in a dragnet; and so celebrates and is happy. Then they sacrifice to the net and burn incense to the dragnet; for by their net they live in luxury with abundant food.
Will they just keep on emptying the net and heartlessly destroying nations forever?

>>2. HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?
Hab 2:1 I will take my stand at my watch and station myself on the tower and look out to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer after I’m corrected.
(also I Cor 4:2; Job 42:5-6; Is 55:8-9)

QUESTION #1 – Where is GOD when I pray?
QUESTION #2 – Why doesn’t GOD deliver me from trouble?
QUESTION #3 – If I (as a human) can see evil, why doesn’t GOD seem to see it?
QUESTION #4 – Can’t eternal GOD do anything He wants?
QUESTION #5 – If GOD hates evil, why does He tolerate evil people?
QUESTION #6 – How can GOD bring an even more evil solution to an already evil situation?
QUESTION #7 – How long, GOD, is this going to last?
The QUESTION we should end with is “What am I going to do? What sort of life will I live? How deep is the reality of my faith? Can I cling to God, even when I don’t understand or even know the answers?


Jonah 4 – Running Ahead of God

Posted: January 31st, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Jonah 4 – Running Ahead of God

>Jonah 4: Running Ahead of God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. DISCOURAGED CHRISTIANS
A. A FRUSTRATED BELIEVER

Jonah 4:1 But this greatly displeased Jonah, and he became angry.
1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: PRIORITIES
Gal 6:2-9 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
(also Lk 10)

B. A WORRIED BELIEVER
Jonah 4:2 He prayed, “O Lord, isn’t this what I said when I was still in Israel? That is why I quickly fled to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abounding in mercy, and relenting sending disaster.
1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: REST
Rom 8:28-39 We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

C. A DEPRESSED BELIEVER
Jonah 4:3-4 Now, O Lord, just take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be so displeased?”

1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: HOPE
II Cor 4:7-11 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

II. DESPAIRING CHRISTIANS
A. A BITTER BELIEVER

Jonah 4:5-6 Jonah had left the city and sat to the east in of the city, making a shelter for himself there. He sat in its shade, till he should see what would become of the city.
Now the Lord God prepared a leafy plant to grow over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, relieving his discomfort. This made Jonah extremely happy regarding the plant.

1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: SATISFACTION
Phil 4:8-11 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
(also Heb 12:15)

B. A PROUD BELIEVER
Jonah 4:7-9 But the next morning, God prepared a worm that chewed the plant so that it withered away. And when the sun rose, God prepared a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint.
Jonah asked that he might just die, stating, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
But God reminded Jonah, “Is it right for you to be upset about the plant?”
He answered, “Yes, it is. I’m so irritated, I wish I were dead.”

1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: HUMILITY
I Pet 5:5-7 Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (also Jas 4:6-10)

C. AN INSENSITIVE BELIEVER
Jonah 4:10-11 And the Lord said, “You are concerned about the plant, though you didn’t work to make it grow. It sprang up in a night and died in a night. Should I not be concerned about the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”
1. CHARACTERISTIC
2. CURE: OTHERS
Phil 2:1-5a If there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus

Poem by Charles Meigs (written 1901)

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for – Others.

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I do for You
Must needs be done for – Others.

And when my work on earth is done
And my new work in heaven’s begun
May I forget the crown I’ve won
While thinking still of – Others.

Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be:
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee.


Profession v Possession in James 2 – Elder Jim Garbutt

Posted: January 24th, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Sermons | Comments Off on Profession v Possession in James 2 – Elder Jim Garbutt

>Special: James 2

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A Sermon by Br. Jim Garbutt, Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

There are two sorts of “faith” in mankind today (everyone has one or the other)
1 – Faith that is in a relationship with the Father and does His will
2 – Faith that is not in a relationship with the Father and does good works

Mt 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'”

James calls this “saving faith” that has good works or common “dead faith” that has good works but not from a new nature regenerated by God.

FOCUS ON REPENTANCE & FORM A RELATIONSHIP
James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

EXAMPLE OF A FAITH THAT “DOES” PROVE ITSELF BY WORKS
James 2:15-17 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

ERROR OF WORKS WITHOUT FAITH FIRST
Jas 2:18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

ARGUMENT OF SIMPLE, NON-SAVING FAITH
Jas 2:19-20 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

ILLUSTRATION OF ABRAHAM (rich, famous, male, religious)
Jas 2:21-24 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”, and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.

ILLUSTRATION OF RAHAB (poor, infamous, female, pagan)
Jas 2:25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?

CONCLUSION
Jas 2:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.


Jonah 3 – Running With God

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>Jonah 3: Running With God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. REPENTANCE BEGINS WITH GOD’S WORD
A. ACTION OF FAITH
>>1. OBEYED GOD’S LESSON

Jonah 2:7-9 When my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple. Those who still cling to worthless idols forsake hope of Your mercy, but with shouts of thanksgiving I will sacrifice to You; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
>>2. OBEYED GOD’S CALL
Jonah 3:1-2 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to that great city Nineveh, and proclaim against it the message that I give you.” (Jonah 1:2 vs. Jonah 3:2)

B. ACTION OF JONAH
>>1. OBEYED EXPLICITLY

Jonah 3:3 So Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh, an extremely large city (three days’ walk around).
>>2. OBEYED EXACTLY
Jonah 3:4 Jonah went a day’s journey into the city and proclaimed, “In forty days Nineveh will be overthrown!” (Gen 19:25; Amos 4:11; Lam 4:6)

II. REVIVAL BROADENS AMONG THE PEOPLE
A. ACTION OF INDIVIDUALS
>>1. FACED THEIR GOD

Jonah 3:5a The people of Nineveh believed God. (Mt 19:23)
>>2. FACED THEIR SIN
Jonah 3:5b They announced a fast and wore sackcloth, from the highest in society the lowest of them.

B. ACTION OF LEADERSHIP
>>1. FACED HIS POSITION

Jonah 3:6 When word reached the king of Nineveh, he left his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
>>2. FACED HIS PEOPLE
Jonah 3:7-8a He issued a proclamation and published through the city, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, eat anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and let them call out urgently to God.

III. REFORMATION BRINGS GOD’S BLESSINGS
A. ACTION OF MAN
>>1. TURNED FROM SIN

Jonah 3:8b Let everyone turn from his evil way and from his own violent behavior.
>>2. TURNED TO GOD
Jonah 3:9 Who knows? God may relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we might not perish.”

B. ACTION OF GOD
>>1. TURNED TOWARD MEN

Jonah 3:10a When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, (Prov 14:34; II Chron 7:14)
>>2. TURNED FROM DESTRUCTION
Jonah 3:10b God relented of the disaster that He had threatened. (Jer 18:6-8)

CONCLUSION:
Repentance believes God
Repentance does something
Repentance changes business as usual
Repentance spreads
Repentance reaches all levels of society
Repentance impacts everything
Repentance cries mightily to God
Repentance turns from your evil way
Repentance hopes in the mercy and love of God


Jonah 2 – Running Back to God

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>Jonah 2: Running Back to God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Act Two. Scene 1. Sinking in the Mediterranean Sea.

I. DREADFUL PROVISION
A. DELIVERANCE

Jonah 1:17a But the Lord prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
>>1. PREPARATION
>>2. PURPOSE

B. DETAINED
Jonah 1:17b Jonah was in the belly of that fish three days and three nights
>>1. PRESERVED
>>2. PERIOD (also Mt 12:40)

II. DISTRESSED PLEA
A. DEPTHS

Jonah 2:1-2, then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish, saying, “I cried out to the Lord in my distress, and He answered me; out of the depths of the grave I cried, and You heard my voice.
>>1. PRE-REQUISITE
>>2. PERSONAL (also Ps 31:22; 42:7; 18:6)

B. DISAPPROVED
Jonah 2:3-4 For You hurled me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the water surrounded me; all Your waves and Your breakers swept over me. Then I said, ‘I’ve been banished from Your sight; how shall I again look upon Your holy temple?’
>>1. PAIN
>>2. PRESENCE

III. DESPERATE PRAYER
A. DESCENDING

Jonah 2:5-6 The waters were choking my throat; I was surrounded by the depths. Seaweed wrapped around my head, sinking to the moorings of the mountains. I dropped to the region whose bars closed behind me forever; yet You brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.
>>1. PREDICAMENT
>>2. PROTECTION (also Ps 103:1,4)

B. DEDICATION
Jonah 2:7 When my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer rose to You, to Your holy temple.
>>1. PENANCE
>>2. PRAYER

IV. DECISIVE PRAISE
A. DECLARATION

Jonah 2:8-9 Those who still cling to worthless idols forsake hope of Your mercy, but with shouts of thanksgiving I will sacrifice to You; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”
>>1. PROMISE
>>2. PROCLAMATION

Act Two. Scene 2. On the beach.

B. DESTINATION
Jonah 2:10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.
>>1. PROVISO
>>2. PUKE


Jonah 1 – Running Away from God

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>Jonah 1: Running Away from God

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

Act One. Scene 1. Gath-Hepher in Zebulun, village near Nazareth

I. COMMISSIONED BUT DISOBEDIENT

A. BACK-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. AUDIBLE CALL OF GOD
Jonah 1:1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai
(also II Kings 14:23-25)
>>2. ASSIGNED TASK
Jonah 1:2 “Rise up and go to the large city of Nineveh, and preach against it, for their evil has come up before Me.”

Act One. Scene 2. Joppa. After 60 mile run from God.

B. FRONT-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. ATTEMPTED ESCAPE

Jonah 1:3a So Jonah rose up but ran away from the presence of the Lord toward Tarshish.
(also Nahum 3:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20)
>>2. APPARENT SUCCESS
Jonah 1:3b He went down to Joppa and found a ship headed toward there. After paying the fare he went down into the ship, to sail with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.
(also Ps 139:7-10)

II. CONSEQUENCES OF DISOBEDIENCE

Act ONE. Scene 3. Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

A. UNFOLDING-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. ACT OF GOD

Jonah 1:4-5a But the Lord hurled a great wind over the sea with such violence that the ship threatened to break up. The mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his own god. They hurled overboard the ship’s cargo to lighten the vessel.
>>2. ASLEEP IN THE STORM
Jonah 1:5b-6 But Jonah had gone down into the hull, laid down and was deeply asleep. The captain went to him and said, “What? Are you sleeping? Rise up and call to your god! Perhaps He will notice us so that we might not perish.”

B. FULL-STORY OF JONAH
>>1. ALBATROSS

Jonah 1:7-8 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
So they asked him, “Tell us who is at fault for bringing this evil on us. What is your occupation? Where do you come from? What is your country? What nationality are you?”

>>2. APPREHENDED
Jonah 1:9-10 And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear YHWH, the God of heaven, Who made the sea and the dry land.” Then the men were terrified and asked him, “Why have you done this?” (They knew this because he’d already told them he was fleeing the presence of the Lord.)

C. ENDING-STORY
>>1. ADMISSION

Jonah 1:11-12 As the sea grew rougher and more turbulent, they asked him, “What should we do to you, that the sea might calm down for us?”
He replied, “Pick me up and hurl me overboard and the sea will quiet down, for I know it is my fault that this great tempest has come on you.”

>>2. ACCOUNTABILITY
Jonah 1:13-14 Instead, the men dug hard, rowing toward land, but they couldn’t, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. Therefore they cried to the Lord, “O Lord, don’t let us die for taking this man’s life. Don’t hold us accountable for shedding innocent blood, for You, Lord, have done as it pleased You.”

Act One. Scene 4. In the Mediterranean Sea.

>>3. APPEAL TO GOD
Jonah 1:15-16 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him overboard, and the sea stopped raging. At this the men greatly feared YHWH, and they offered a sacrifice to YHWH and made vows to Him.
(also Mk 4:35-41)


Hosea 12-14 – At the Crossroads

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>Hosea 12-14: At the Crossroads

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A Sermon by Dr. Bob Griffin, Teaching Elder at Sovereign Grace Church

I. JUDGMENT DECLARED
A. ALTOGETHER
>>1. REALITY

Hosea 11:12-12:1 Ephraim has surrounded Me with lies, Israel with deceit. Judah disobeys God, unfaithful to the Holy One. Ephraim feeds on the wind and chases the east wind all day long; they multiply lies and violence; they make a treaty with Assyria, and export olive oil to Egypt.

>>2. REPAID
Hosea 12:2-6 The Lord has an indictment against Judah; He will punish Jacob according to his ways and repay him according to his deeds. In the womb he grabbed his brother by the heel, and as a human, he argued with God. He struggled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and begged His favor. He met God at Bethel, and God spoke with us there – YHWH, God of hosts, YHWH is His name – so you must return to your God, maintain love and justice, and wait continually for your God.
(also Gen 32:24-30)

B. ANSWER
>>1. RICHES

Hosea 12:7-11 Like a merchant who uses dishonest scales, he loves to defraud. Ephraim boasts, “I am rich; I’ve become wealthy; no one can prove me guilty or sinful in anything I do.”
I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; I will again make you live in tents like the time of appointed festivals. I spoke to the prophets; it was I who gave them many visions and how to speak in parables. If there is wickedness in Gilead, the people are unprofitable. If they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, their altars are no more than piles of stone discarded after plowing a field.

>>2. RECALL
Hosea 12:12-14 Jacob fled to the land of Aram; there Israel worked to gain a wife by tending sheep. God used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt, and by that prophet tended them. But Ephraim has provoked the Lord bitterly; so his Lord will allow his guilt to remain, repaying him for his disgraceful deeds.

II. JUDGMENT DESCRIBED
A. ARROGANCE
>>1. REMOVED

Hosea 13:1-3 When Ephraim spoke, men trembled; he was elevated in Israel, but he became guilty of Baal-worship and died. Now they sin even more, making silver idols for themselves, skillfully-crafted by artisans. It is said of them, “Those who worship the calves even offer human sacrifice.” Therefore they will be like morning mist or like dew that quickly disappears, like chaff that swirls from the threshing floor or like smoke from a window.

>>2. REND
Hosea 13:4-8 But I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; you acknowledge no God but Me, no Savior besides Me. It was I who tended you in the desert heat, but after they had grazed and became satisfied, with proud hearts they forgot Me.
So I will be like a lion to them; I will lurk beside the road like a leopard. I will attack them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear them open, and I will devour them like a lion, like a wild animal would rip them apart.

(also Habakkuk 1:8)

B. AFTERMATH
>>1. REJECTION

Hosea 13:9-11 You are destroyed, Israel, for you are opposed to Me, against your helper. Where is your king, to save you? Where are your leaders of whom you said, “Give me a king and princes”? I gave you a king in My anger, and I removed him in My anger.

>>2. RETRIBUTION
Hosea 13:12-16 The guilt of Ephraim is stored up; his sin is recorded in detail. Labor pains come to deliver him, but he doesn’t understand, so at time for delivery he doesn’t leave the womb.
Shall I deliver them from the power of hell? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Hell, where is your sting?
I have no compassion even though he may thrive among his brothers, the east wind from the Lord will blow in from the wilderness, and his wells will dry up; his spring shall be parched; it will strip away his wealth everything of value. Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.

(also Rom 6:23)

III. JUDGMENT DELAYED
A. AVERTED
>>1. REPENTANCE

Hosea 14:1-3 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have caused your downfall. Return to the Lord with these words, saying “Forgive our sins and receive us graciously; we will offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria can’t save us; we won’t call for cavalry. We’ll no longer call objects made by our hands ‘god’. In you we orphans find mercy.”

>>2. RESPONSE
Hosea 14:4-7 “I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for My anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will bloom like a lily. He will send down root like cedars of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out. His splendor will be like the olive tree, and his fragrance like cedars of Lebanon. Israel will return and live under My shadow; they will flourish like grain; they will blossom like the vine; their fame like the wine of Lebanon.

B. AUTHORITY
>>1. RENEWAL

Hosea 14:8 Ephraim will ask, ‘What more should I have to do with idols?’ It is I Who answers and cares for you. I am like an evergreen tree; your fruitfulness comes from Me.

>>2. RIGHTEOUS
Hosea 14:9 Is anyone wise? Let him understand these things. Does anyone have discernment? Let him grasp them. For the paths of the Lord are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble.”
(also Is 65:24; Rom 12:1)