Jonah – Fish Tips, Pastor Justin Miller, 1-12-20

Today at Real Hope in Christ we join Pastor Justin Miller, Jonah, Fish Tips.”





Welcome to Real Hope In Christ. We’re Glad You’re Here


This is our worship service for today, Sunday January 12th. 


Countdown to Worship: "Moving Forward," Israel Houghton.


First Music Offering: "Walk With You," Zach Williams.


Announcements, Prayer Requests, and Offering: Ted Yoder.


Second Music Offering: "Dead Man Walking," Jeremy Camp.


Third Music Offering: "Lion and the Lamb," Leeland.


Communion Announcement: Dana Smith.


Today’s Sermon: "Jonah, Fish Tips," Pastor Justin Miller, Real Life Church.


Communion Service: Pastor Justin Miller.


Closing Prayer: Ken Smith.




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Does Your Child Need Help With Homework? Weekly homework assistance to school-aged children is available each and every Wednesday beginning at 4:30 p.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m.

When time and homework loads permit, we will offer short Bible Study sessions with the children as well.

Children are welcome to have dinner at the church at 6 p.m., and if they are 10 or older or in the company of a parent or guardian may stay for our adult “Not Your Mama’s Bible Study” from 6:30 – 8:00pm. See Glen Carpenter or Ken Smith to sign up or for more information.

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Not Your Mama’s Bible Study. Wednesday, 6pm.

The Book of Jonah.
At the end of the day, God is less concerned with what we do for Him than who we are in Him. Few figures illustrate that truth better than Jonah. Focused on the prophet rather than his prophecy, the story of Jonah gives us a picture of a man on the run due to his own selfish desires. Instead of showing mercy to his enemies, he determined to keep God’s grace to himself rather than share it with those he considered undeserving. Can you relate? Over the course of 8 verse-by-verse sessions, pastor and author Eric Mason expands our vision to see that Jonah’s story is our own.

Come to Bible Study hungry; Chili, Hot Dogs, Baked Potatoes, Seasoned French Fries, Brownies and Ice Cream.

Children are welcome and child care is provided. Everyone is welcome and please, bring a friend or two or three…

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PRAYER: Is Prayer Important?

The way of prayer is truly the way of life. Let us give ourselves to prayer! Jesus prayed much even though He was God’s only begotten Son from eternity past.

Through His words and His actions Jesus tells us how import prayer is.

“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35.

“You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2.

“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24

Prayer Partners are available at the front of the worship area after today’s service.


SERMON NOTES | Pastor Justin Miller | Jonah: Life on the Run / Fish Tips

We continue in the series on the book of Jonah called Life on the Run. Last week we found out that while we’re running AWAY from God He’s running AFTER us. This week we learn that sometimes a bad place can be the best place to be.

When you think of worship, what does that look like to you?

Read: Read Jonah 2:1-10

Verse 2 tells us that Jonah was in distress. We can all relate to being someplace we don’t want to be. Stuck, discouraged, hurting; what are some things we tend to turn to instead of God when we are discouraged or in distress?



Read Galatians 6:9.

Pastor Justin reminded us that what we do in our distress determines our destiny. What does Jonah teach us to do in our distress? What does this verse in Galatians promise us?

Jonah’s example teaches us Don’t Resent, Repent.

Read Hebrews 12:7-10.

What do these verses teach us about God’s discipline?


Read: Jonah 2:9

What does Jonah’s response in this verse teach us about how we should respond to God’s discipline?


Read: Hebrews 13:15 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

What do these verses teach us about how we are to worship?

Why is it important for us to worship?


Next Steps: Jonah: Life on the Run

Pastor Justin reminded us even though Jonah was in the belly of the big fish, God used his pain to point Jonah back to his purpose.

Here are some next steps you can learn from Jonah if you are living Life on the Run:

  1. Dont give up, Lookup.
  2. Don’t resent, Repent.
  3. Don’t whine, Worship.

We thank you for joining with us in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We hope that you enjoyed our service today and encourage you seek God in everything that you do.


At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all of our hearts and with all of our souls and with all of our minds.


Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:


Gather together to worship and celebrate God,

Grow in our knowledge and faith,

Give in love and,

Go out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true; God Loves You No Matter What!


We boldly ask God to help us shake the Earth and touch the Heavens!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.


We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you and May God bless you!



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