God's Mercy to a Beastly People

Johan 3

October 6, 2019 • Rev. Josh Hahne

In the third chapter of Jonah the prophet gets a second chance at the same calling—to go to Nineveh preaching God’s message.  What follows is as unexpected as it is comedic.  It’s a beautiful story about God’s mercy to a beastly people.   To best prepare for Sunday, take a few minutes to read through Jonah 3 I hope to see you on Sunday, Josh

Hellfire & Brimstone Part 2

Nahum 2-3 • November 3, 2019 • Rev. Josh Hahne

This week the sermon is about hell.  It’s a topic that is frequently misunderstood, uncomfortable for everyone, and difficult to address.  No wonder most people cite “Hellfire & Brimstone” as their biggest hang-up with preaching.  So, why bother at all?   Because we want to know God.  His prophets are our guides.  Nahum tells us that God is a God of vengeance (as well as mercy, as we saw so clearly with the prophet Jonah) which means that he will not let the world go its own way but will intervene.  This is good news.  As we learned last week, when we began to study Nahum’s vision of the destruction of Nineveh, a day is coming when there will be justice and all will be right.  For God’s people the main take away is that this is a God to fear and obey.  This week we will consider what Nahum’s vision means for God enemies, that there will be hell to pay…  See you on Sunday, Josh

Hellfire & Brimstone Part 1

Nahum 2-3 • October 27, 2019 • Rev. Josh Hahne

Nahum’s oracle against Nineveh is a prophetic vision of the last day, the final judgment.  Nahum describes that day with vivid and arresting imagery as if it were a great battle in which a city falls to an invading army.   His message—that God will judge—is not a popular one, though it is necessary if we are to live well in this life or the one to come.     To prepare for worship, take a few minutes to read Nahum 2-3. See you on Sunday,   Josh

A God of Vengeance

Nahum 1 • October 20, 2019 • Rev. Josh Hahne

This week we begin our study of the minor prophet, Nahum. Like Jonah, Nahum muses upon the nature or character of God. Like Jonah, Nahum starts with God's famous description of himself spoken to Moses in Exodus 34, stating that, "God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love… but who will by no means clear the guilty…” Unlike Jonah, Nahum’s focus is on the final section, that God is a God of vengeance. Join us this Sunday as we learn about God’s character and what that means for both the ancient Ninevehites as well as for us. From last week... we recently concluded our time in Jonah 4 the same way the book concludes—with questions for contemplation. Some of your asked for those questions: 1. What does it mean to be the people of God in a fallen world? 2. Does our church love the lost (Lk 13:34)? Do they know that we love them? 3. Will we, like Jesus, not only be willing to be inconvenienced and insulted for lost but spend our lives in love for others? 4. Do you have gospel amnesia? Have you forgotten the grace you have received? 5. How are you participating in mission of God? Do you see your vocation, family, your ordinary obedience, and your various relationships—with neighbors, coworkers, friends, etc.—as part of God’s mission? 6. Do you have friends that are not Christians? Do you pray for them? Do you practice hospitality? 7. Is your heart for the world like God’s heart for the world? See you on Sunday Josh