People escaping slavery in America would often use songs as a code to coordinate escape efforts. One of these songs was "Follow the Drinking Gourd," a code for following the Big Dipper which pointed to the North Star. In a similar way, Christians need to follow our "True North": Christ. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through Col. 3:1-4, showing us the importance of having our gaze fixed on Christ and the firm ground and future glory we have in Him. Be reminded of where your focus needs to be, and be encouraged to live for Him.
Do you believe a man could be swallowed by a fish, stay in its belly for three days, and come out alive? It actually happened to Jonah. But this amazing event isn't even the main point of the story. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through Jonah 1:14-17. Here we see the humble repentance of pagan sailors - and the mighty, sovereign power of God over both man and beast. Think about who He is, and stand in awe of Him.
It's a sad thing when the actions of unbelievers put the actions of professing followers of God to shame. That's the case in Jonah 1:8-13. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through the consequences Jonah and his pagan shipmates experience because of his rebellious disobedience. . . and Jonah's lack of repentance even in the midst of those consequences. You'll see the stark contrast in how the pagan sailors respond to Yahweh and in how Jonah the rebel prophet responds, and you'll be reminded of the dangers of going against God - and of your need to worship and submit to Him.