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Pride and Prejudice - Jonah 1:1-3

Pride & Prejudice
Jonah 1:1-3

I. GOD’S FREEDOM TO CALL AND COMMISSION ANYONE

    A. God Speaks
    B. God Commands
    

II. JONAH’S RESPONSE TO GOD’S COMMANDS   

    A. Jonah Runs
    B. Jonah Rebels

III. WHAT PRIDE AND PREJUDICE DO TO OUR HEARTS:

Our pride and prejudice . . .

  • Seek to usurp God’s authority over our lives
  • Lead us to believe that our lives belong to us alone
  • Convince us that we deserve God’s mercy, but others shouldn’t even have a chance to repent
  • Persuade us to believe that God should judge others the way that we have already judged them
  • Assure us that God is wrong, we are right, and He should do things our way
  • Blind us to think that God really doesn’t care if I disobey Him, but He really cares if others that I hate disobey Him
  • Lie to us by telling us that God can’t use prideful or prejudiced people to accomplish his purposes

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A Psalm of Repentance - Psalm 32:1-11

A Psalm of Repentance
Psalm 32:1-11

I. WHAT REPENTANCE IS NOT:

A.     Repentance is not dealing with sin on your own terms
B.    
Repentance is not being troubled over sin
C.     
Repentance is not covering up our sin
D.    
Repentance is not a pragmatic commitment against sin
E.    
Repentance is not parting with some sins
F.     
Repentance is not “never doing it again"

II. WHAT REPENTANCE IS:

A.     Repentance is necessary for forgiveness
B.    
Repentance is acknowledgement and confession of sin
C.     
Repentance is a change of mind regarding truth & sin
D.    
Repentance is a brokenness and sorrow for sin from the heart
E.    
Repentance is a turning away from sin
F.     
Repentance is a renunciation of self-righteousness
G.    
Repentance is instructive to others
H.    
Repentance is a practical obedience
I.       
Repentance is abiding
J.       
Repentance is an inward sorrow but an outward joy
K.    
Repentance is the path of fellowship and communion with God
L.       Repentance is Christ-embracing

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A Psalm of Power and Provision - Psalm 104:1-35

A Psalm of Power & Provision
Psalm 104:1-35

I. God rules over all creation by his power
II. God formed the earth by his power
III. 
God provides for the earth by his power   
IV. God orders time and seasons by his power
V. God directs life and death by his power
VI. God is to be praised for his power and provision

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A Psalm of Waiting - Psalm 130:1-8

A Psalm of Waiting
Psalm 130:1-8

I. Waiting on God teaches us to pray
II. Waiting on God teaches us to evaluate the hope of our hearts
III. Waiting on God teaches us to trust his character

IV. Waiting on God teaches us to depend on Him

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A Psalm of Missions - Psalm 67

A Psalm of Missions
Psalm 67

  1. It is right to seek God's blessings for ourselves.
  2. It is wrong to keep God's blessings to ourselves.
  3. Missions is when we leverage our blessings for the glory of God and the gladness of all peoples.

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A Psalm of Worship - Psalm 97:1-12

A Psalm of Worship
Psalm 97:1-12

I. WHAT IS WORSHIP? 

 “Worship is the continuous outpouring of all that I am, all that I do and all that I can ever become in light of a chosen or choosing god.” – Harold Best    

II. WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM PSALM 97 ABOUT WORSHIP?    

A. We must continuously rejoice in God’s sovereign reign    
B. We must continuously revere God’s majesty and holiness 
C. We must continuously proclaim his righteousness and look
     for His glory.
D. We must
continuously recognize the danger of idolatry    
E. We must continuously exalt God over all things    
F. We must continuously yield to God’s providence in our
     lives
G. We must continuously rejoice in Him and be thankful

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A Psalm for Fathers and Everyone Else - Psalm 78:1-8

A Psalm for Fathers & Everyone Else
Psalm 78:1-8

I. CHILDREN (AND EVERYONE ELSE) INCLINE YOUR EARS TO YOUR FATHERS

A. Fathers, you must devote yourself to learning what matters most
B. Fathers, you must not hide what matters most from your children and others

II. FATHERS (AND EVERYONE ELSE) INTENTIONALLY PASS ON THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD TO THE NEXT GENERATION

A. We all share covenant community responsibilities
B. We all share Great Commission responsibilities

III. FATHERS (AND EVERYONE ELSE) ILLUSTRATE A LIFE OF HOPING IN GOD TO YOUR CHILDREN AND OTHERS

A. I want my children and others to set their hope in God alone
B.
I want my children and others to remember God’s works – All that he’s done
C.
I want my children to obey God’s word

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A Psalm of Glory - Psalm 19:1-14

A Psalm of Glory
Psalm 19:1-14

I. GOD’S WORKS DECLARE HIS GLORY  

A. The Glory of God’s Power 
B. The Glory of God’s Wisdom
C. The Glory of God’s Beauty
D. The Glory of God’s Goodness

II. GOD’S WORD DECLARES HIS GLORY

A. The Glory of God’s Character  
B. The Glory of God’s Truth  

III. GOD’S GRACE DECLARES HIS GLORY

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A Psalm of Choices - Psalm 1:1-6

A Psalm of Choices
Psalm 1:1-6

I. TWO DIFFERENT PATHS

     1) Blessed is the man that does not follow the path of the wicked
     2) Blessed is the man that delights in the truth of God’s word

II. TWO DIFFERENT PICTURES

      1)   A tree planted by streams of water

-       This person has Provision
-      
This person has Productivity 
-      
This person has Protection 
-      
This person has Prosperity

      2) Chaff that the wind drives away