15 January 2017
Thanks for coming along to church today. At St Andrew’s, we want to welcome everyone; Christian believers, those seeking faith, skeptics, all who are looking for a spiritual home in Hong Kong. At each Sunday service we seek to learn more about the truths of God from the Bible, and encourage one another in our faith in Jesus. If you’re new, come along to the red welcome table in the north entrance foyer after the service. We’d love to be able to meet you, welcome you personally, and answer any of your questions.
Jonah : Repent and Relent
This is our third sermon in the series on the book of Jonah. In chapter 1 we read about Jonah, the prophet of God, deliberately choosing to disobey God and trying to escape from Him. But God pursued Jonah with a storm. God chased Jonah on the boat and then almost allowed him to drown before causing a big fish to swallow him in order that he might learn that obedience to God, is the right response to a God who speaks. Last week as we examined chapter 2, we saw that Jonah can pray to the Lord, close to death and even from inside a big fish and that God delights to hear from us in prayer. From inside the fish Jonah proclaims that Salvation comes from the Lord Chapter 1 did not tell us why Jonah foolishly tried to run away from God but we discover the answer in Chapter 4. Where we learn again that Jonah is a grace snob, he is a salvation elitist. He only wants God to save the ‘right’ people, Jonah’s kind of people. But in Chapter 3 of the book of Jonah we find out that even the enemies of God’s people can become the people of God. God eternally saves all different kinds of people. People whom we might not like, but whom God loves. Despite our prejudices, God has no biases and desires that the whole world come to him for salvation. In chapter 3, we read of 120,000 people coming to God for salvation. God does not delight in the death of anyone, but wants all to turn back to him, to repent and live. God even wants that from those who are his people, like Jonah. This is the message of the book of Jonah, not only for the ‘pagans’ (those who did not believe in our God and his salvation) but it is also the message God has for us, who even though Christians, can be like Jonah; stubborn, hard hearted, ungracious, hypercritical, gospel snobs. This message of escape from judgement is to be carried by us and through us, into the whole world – starting in our own family, work place, school, amongst our friends, our neighbourhood, city etc. This is God’s command to us as it was to Jonah. Are we going to willingly obey God and graciously speak about Jesus or does God need to send us a storm or a big fish or….? Ian Hadfield Associate Minister
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18 FEB WORD IN SONG CONFERENCE
Word In Song Conference is a great opportunity to hear new songs, grow in your understanding of what the Bible says about music and learn more about how you can best play your part in music ministry. We’re bringing a team of people: Philip Percival (songwriter, author & music director), Alanna Glover (of Garage Hymnal, songwriter & music director), Jonny Payne (St. Ebbes, Oxford) and Jonno Saunders (Christian Concern, London). Between them, they have had decades of experience in various church contexts and are keen to share what they’ve learnt with you. Saturday, 10:30am-4:30pm Life Centre Auditorium $150/person, Registration: www.standrews.org.hk
18 FEB ‘A NIGHT IN WITH EMU’ CONCERT
Join with people from churches around Hong Kong for ‘A Night With Emu - an evening of song, bible and praise’. Saturday, 8:00pm Life Centre Auditorium $100 at the door
We are please to announce the appointment of Arlene Moran as Pastoral Worker. Arlene will be working with our Migrant Worker, as well as Children’s Ministries. She has been in Hong Kong for 30 years and has extensive experience in church and school work. Arlene will commence at St Andrew’s on 15 February.
CHINESE NEW YEAR RED PACKET FOR SALE
Chinese New Year is just a few weeks away. A great way to communicate the gospel at this time of year is through our red packets. There are 7 designs to choose from, each with bible verses. Each set of 12 packets is $25 and are available at the bookstall.
Bible Reading JONAH 3:1-10 3:1
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 6
When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10
When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Repent and Relent - Jonah 3:1-10
Repent, Relent, Rage - Jonah 3:10-4:11
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