Maybe you know the story of Jonah. Guy gets thrown in water. Guy gets eaten by fish. Guy spends a few days in the fish's belly. Guy gets vomited back on shore. It's an unlikely and unforgettable tale of bizarre maritime adventure. But as intriguing as these details might be, there's actually a whole lot more to this story than hungry fish and life-saving regurgitations.
As the people of God called to join his work of renewal, the book of Jonah is meant to be received as an invitation...an invitation to cultivate a missional imagination. Life can get overwhelming, and sometimes it's all we can do to make it from one day to the next without forgetting our car keys. But by entering the narrative of Jonah, we learn how to find our place in God's grand story of bringing grace and redemption to a world running away from him. We find a calling that is bigger than anything else we could live for.
As we strive to participate in God's mission, the book of Jonah provides us with a space to have our assumptions challenged, our insecurities addressed, and our aspirations refined. In the belly of the fish, we all manage to see who we are and what God wants from us a little bit more clearly.
Grace in the Wrong Place (Jonah 1:1-3, 4:1-3)
Objects Before Agents (Jonah 1-2)
The Fruit of Failure (Jonah 3:1-5)
Comfort or Compassion? (Jonah 4:5-11)
A Mess Worth Making (Jonah 3:6-4:4)