Weekend Message Takeaway: “Jonah’s Psalm”

This past weekend, Pastor Doug shared from Jonah 2. In this message, we explored Jonah's experience in the belly of the fish. Through this experience, we discovered that even in the face of our greatest trial, God is there, that His grace and love is greater than our deepest darkness, and what can happen when we reach the end of ourselves.

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.



Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

Even if You Wait Until You Hit Rock Bottom to Seek God, He Is There (Jonah 1:17–2:10): Wherever you are, no matter how far off, no matter how low, you can always pray and He will always hear you. Why did Jonah turn to God? Because he had nowhere else to turn. How often do you find yourself feeling this way? 

As Deep as Your Sin Goes, His Grace Is Deeper Still (Jonah 2:4–6): Jonah reoriented himself toward God's holy temple, because he realized that God's grace was greater than his sin. He then gave us what was essentially his own psalm and lament. What would your psalm be?

Brokenness Is the End of Self, and the End of Self Is the Beginning of God (Hebrews 12:11): As humans, our natural inclination is to fight brokenness to the bitter end, to stave it off, to run from it, to avoid it at all costs. But the truth is that when we're in brokeness, that's when we can find freedom. God uses affliction to break our rebellious heart and expose our idols as empty, so our devotion and worship can come back to life. Admitting guilt doesn’t mean God writes us off, it means He writes us a new story.

It's Never Too Late to be Who You Could've Been (Jonah 2:8–10): If you're not dead, you're not done! While Jonah is in the whale, he is also en route to God’s destination for him. When you go through something extraordinary with God, people will want to know what you went through, and they will listen to your story. Are you willing to share it?

Quote to Remember: The wrath that you deserve has been paid for by someone else.—Pastor Doug Sauder

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Join us this Wednesday for a special night of worship, celebration, and testimonies from the African Children's Choir! They'll be dancing, singing, and sharing powerful testimonies throughout the service. Children of all ages are invited to join their parents in the sanctuary for this special night. Childcare will only be available for children ages 0–3 years old.

This weekend, Pastor Chris Baselice from our Plantation campus will share a powerful message from Jonah 3. In this message, we’ll see Jonah arrive at the great city of Nineveh to deliver God’s message to the people, discover why God’s response to human repentance is always mercy, and explore how He wants to use us to bring His message of repentance.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.