Weekend Message Takeaway: “What Defines Greatness”

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

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 Chris' teaching this weekend:

The Great Mission (Jonah 3:1–2): Arise. Go. Preach. That was God’s mission for Jonah. He called upon the prophet to rise up and share His message with the people of Nineveh. It was a simple message, but one that needed to be shared. In the same way, we are sent by the Lord to go preach to a great city . . . to engage in everyday conversations, to build relationships, to evangelize, to be a beacon for the gospel. 

The Great City (Jonah 3:2): 
Here’s a brief examination of the city . . .

Size: It took three days for Jonah to travel through this great city. The circumference was approximately 60 miles, and the city was surrounded by 100 foot high walls and 1,200 foot high towers. Inside were palaces. Overall, there were nearly 1,000,000 residents around Nineveh and the greater Assyrian empire area.

Sin: The city's great size was matched by its great wickedness. The Assyrians were a ruthless and cruel people. They are believed by many scholars to be the cruelest and most sadistic people in history.

South Florida
Size: The South Florida region is the eighth most populated area in the nation with over six million residents. There is great diversity, with approximately 65 percent being new residents—335,000 people—from other countries.

Sin: There is a rampant opioid epidemic in South Florida. This area is also one of the worst when it comes to human trafficking, crimes against children, corporate crimes, and racial injustice.

Herein lies the greatness of the city: Its potential! When God looks at things, He looks beyond present circumstances and conditions . . . He sees beyond what something or someone is and He sees what could be. Our city is great in size and sin, but it’s also filled with great potential. God has given Calvary a mission: He has called us to reach our city, to be part of a city-wide effort to raise the quotient of devoted disciples in South Florida from three to six percent! You are a part of that mission

A Great God (Jonah 3:10): God was not indebted to the Ninevites. He didn’t owe them forgiveness or mercy, even if they repented. No one deserves it. None of us are worthy of God’s mercy or love apart from Christ (Romans 5:10). This is what makes our God so great! He is great in power and knowledge, but He is also great in mercy, grace, longsuffering, goodness, truth, and love (Exodus 34:6). 

Quote to Remember: When Christians are living out their lives the way they should, a city will take notice and it will be better for it.—Pastor Chris Baselice

Friday, December 1, 7–8:30pm | Sanctuary (Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Campus) 

This month, we've seen God do some amazing things through His Church as we've purposed to love, give, and serve our community—from rebuilding homes to sharing meals with families through FoodShare. And now, we want to celebrate! Join us for a night of prayer and worship as we gather together with churches from all over Broward County to give God glory. 

Join us this Wednesday as Pastor Chris Baselice examines the lessons we can learn about evangelism from Jonah’s journey.

This weekend, we’ll conclude our study through the Book of Jonah as Pastor Doug shares a message from Jonah 4. Find out how Jonah reacts to the Lord’s sparing of the Ninevites, how we often act like Jonah, and how we can be more like Christ in this area of our lives.

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.