Redemption Stories: Jonah

Sermon Summary

October 23, 2016

Pastor Shawn Stinson



The book of Jonah, Ephesians 2:1-3


Jonah is prophetic narrative.  Not just an historical account but a narrative meant for teaching. The book of Jonah is about the messenger himself; a fragmented, wayward, angry man.

God saves Jonah with the fish, not out of the fish. “And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah” (1:17)

Jonah’s prayer is not a request to be saved from the fish but is thanksgiving for being saved by the fish.

Jonah is good at applying theology to others, but not to himself.

We are rebellious. God is gracious.


“At the very worst we see a prophet with a shocking disregard for human life and a bitter hatred toward those who had experienced mercy. At the very best he was a prophet who misunderstood God’s mercy and had a limited view of God’s plan for the redemption of his own people."

Smith, B. K., & Page, F. S. (1995). Amos, Obadiah, Jonah (Vol. 19B, p. 272). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

“Jonah was saved by the whale out of the darkness of the waters he was drowning in.”

“Adversity is redemptive, it’s not only punitive.” – John Piper  

“The power of the Gospel, and the power of Jesus, is to show how weak we are and how great Christ is.”

Sending Questions

  1. Is your heart like God’s heart? Do you have a heart of compassion where God has compassion? Do you love what He loves?
  2. How are you like Jonah? Are you running from God? Are you judging others?
  3. What if instead of judgement we brought grace?


  • God Undefeatable
  • Fall Afresh
  • All the Poor and Powerless
  • Always