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Don't Ignore That Haunting Sense of Need
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Jonah Didn’t Realize His Need For Grace Until He Hit Rock Bottom - Literally

In our second message in the book of Jonah, we finally met the great fish. But as has already been established, the story isn’t about the fish. At the end of the matter, it’s not even about Jonah. It’s about a great God and His great grace. Jonah 2 should haunt us with a sense of need for the same grace that Jonah was shown. The question that’s posed to you and me: will you listen to it?

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It's Not About A Big Fish
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The Final Book In Our Minor Prophets Series

One particular and minor element of the book of Jonah has been what readers and students have myopically focused on for centuries in the church - the big fish. Everybody knows that Jonah was swallowed by a big fish. But once we realize that the book of Jonah is about so much more than a giant aquatic animal, we avail ourselves to riches from God’s Word that stand to transform how we view nonChristians, how we understand God’s mercy and more. This past Sunday, in the first message from chapter 1, we learned that no matter how undesirable obeying God’s Word is to you, you cannot flee from God’s presence. You can simply live joyfully or miserably in God’s presence.

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Oh "Little" Town of Bethlehem
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Christmas In September

In the fourth and final sermon out of the book of Micah, God elevated our attitude toward the lowly by showing us through Micah 5:1-6 that He often works through insignificant people and insignificant circumstances to accomplish His greatest purposes.

The Messiah Was Born In Bethlehem To Remind Sinners That New Life Could Be Born In Our Hearts

We learn this foremost through the fact that Micah prophecies that God’s Messiah would be born in the most unassuming little town. The breadth of applications that this burins to our lives is staggering. Listen to last week’s sermon to elevate your attitude toward how God might work through lowliness in your life.

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Do Justice - Motivated By Grace
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Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly With Your God

Last Sunday, in our third message in the book of Micah, we came across the Bible’s most famous passage regarding “social justice” - Micah 6:8. This verse is used as the basis for service projects, feedings ministries and short-term missions trips around the globe. But it’s important to understand why Micah said these words to the nation of Judah. In Micah chapters 6-7, we discover that in order to have the right motivation to serve the lowly among us, we have to recognize and acknowledge our spiritual lowness; our moral poverty. That realization positions us not as “Saviors” to our neighbors, but humbles us to know that we’re as needy as anybody for God’s grace. Furthermore, when we’ve received God’s grace for our moral poverty, we’re able to do social justice in a way that addresses the needs of the whole person - both physical and spiritual needs.

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God Protects The Poor
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God Will Not Allow Oppression of the Lowly To Go Unpunished

Continuing on in our sermon series through the Minor Prophet book of Micah, Jeff Schlieder preached the second message in the series from Micah 3:1-12. Through the book of Micah, God wants to elevate your attitude toward the lowly. In this particular passage, He does this by reminding of the judgment that awaits those who prey on the lowly. While this is a sweet comfort to those under the weight of oppression, it’s also a call to repentance to those who knowingly extract and extort from the poor for their own personal gain.

For anyone who falls in the latter category, which, at the end of the day turns out to be all of us, the remedy is to repent of that sin and turn to Christ, who, though He was rich, yet became poor for our sake.

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Find The Incredible In The Normal
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Our Greatest Need When We Gather Together Is To Have a Genuine Encounter With God

Last Sunday, we had the joy and privilege of hosting Dustin Smetona, pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Orange. He preached a message from Isaiah 6:1-8 reminding us of the importance of our Sunday meetings together. While Sunday morning worship can seem routine and unremarkable on the outside, we need to remember the profound significance of why it is we gather. Dustin explained four needs that we have that God meets for us through our Sunday morning worship. Whether you’ve been attending church for a week or 30 years, listen to this sermon.

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God Gives Priority to the Poor
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A New Book: Micah

For the past four weeks, we’ve studied the book of Joel. Now, as a church, we turn to the book of Micah in our Minor Prophets series occurring over the course of summer and fall, 2019. Micah teaches us to “elevate our attitude toward the lowly”. This past Sunday, from Micah 2:1-11, we discovered that God is not indifferent to oppression or the poverty it causes, but that He detests it. Furthermore, we learned that oppression doesn’t happen in a vaccuum. Oppression has a cause. That cause has to do first not with our attitude toward the poor, but our attitude toward God.

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You Do Not Want to Be God's Enemy
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As we concluded our time in the book of Joel, we came across Joel chapter 3 - one of the most sobering passaged you can read in the Bible. This chapter confronts you with the reality that God will judge all sin and evil once and for all. And it will be worse than you can imagine. However, until that day, there is still hope for His mercy through the message of His Son. This terrible reality should cause us as Christians to respond - not by shying away from the truth of God’s judgment, but by allowing it to motivate us to be conduits of God’s mercy to our Santa Ana neighbors.

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God's Mercy: Priceless
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Money Can’t Buy What God’s Mercy Gives

In last week’s sermon from Joel 2:18-32, the tone of the book of Joel changes abruptly from a call to repentance to a sudden announcement of future blessing and restoration in verse 18. What we might expect to precede verse 18 is evidence of Judah’s repentance, but there is none. The second half of Joel 2 teaches us that God’s mercy is not something that’s earned. Also, it’s so valuable, it cannot be bought. Are you trying to earn God’s mercy? Are you in any way trying to achieve what His mercy gives on your own? Listen to last week’s sermon to discover the wonder of God’s incredible mercy.

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Don't Settle For Locusts
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God’s Loves Us Too Much To Allow Us To Settle For Our Sin

In last Sunday’s message from Joel 2, we read about the prophet Joel’s warning to the people of Judah of a coming judgment greater than the locust invasion of chapter 1 … if they remain in their sin. The irrationality of our sin is such that sometimes we’ll be content living with the consequences of our dishonor of God, while God stands ready to give us His blessings. For those who belong to God, Joel 2 teaches us to understand the warnings of God’s just judgment on sin to be a means to draw us back to fellowship with Him - something far greater than any sin promises.

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