On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Will Chapman prayed a Prayer of Confession, Matthew Williams led worship, and guest speaker Rick Zaman preached on Jonah 3-4 in a message titled “Angry About Mercy.” Click here for projection from the message. Below is Will’s prayer and a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week. To listen to this message again, click here.
Prayer of Confession:
We gather before you this morning to worship you. As we approach you, we acknowledge that you are Holy and there is none like you in heaven or earth. Your holiness causes us to feel our sinfulness. But Father we don’t run from you. We run to you because your word teaches us that there is forgiveness with you that you might be feared. As we behold your abundant mercy and grace, our hearts are humbled and we are drawn to you with renewed desires to live unto God in all things. Therefore we confess our sins.
Oftentimes we are distracted by the good gifts of family, friends, work, entertainment, and prosperity. We overindulge upon them, foolishly using them as substitutes for the fulfillment that only communion with you can provide. How can we grow in love, faith, joy, and Christian virtue if we neglect your word and communion with you. For you are the vine and we are the branches. Our close abiding in you through reading and meditating on your word, along with prayer, can cause us to bear much fruit. Teach us wisdom that we might live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.
We ask these things in the name of your Son Jesus Christ – our elder brother, Redeemer, and the Head of the Church which he purchased with His own blood.
- Have you ever connected a lack of sharing the gospel with selfishness and self-righteousness?
- Read Jonah 3:10-4:4. Do you want God’s mercy to be true for all, or just for you and the people you think are worthy?
- Read Jonah 4:5-11. Do you struggle with placing your joy in the insignificant or temporary?
- During the message, did God place on your heart someone you should share the Gospel with, either for the first time or again?
- Do you glory in God’s mercy to you?