Jonah – God’s Heart for the Lost, Pastor Justin Miller, 1-26-20

Today at Real Hope in Christ we join Pastor Justin Miller, Jonah, God’s Heart for the Lost.”





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


This is our worship service for today, Sunday January 26th. 


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


First Music Offering: "Still Rolling Stones," Lauren Daigle.


Announcements, Prayer Requests, and Offering: Wes Smith.


Second Music Offering: "Alive & Breathing," Matt Maher featuring Ellie Limebear.


Third Music Offering: "God Only Knows," King and Country.


Communion: Dana Smith.


Communion Music Offering: "The Way," Pat Barrett.


Today’s Sermon:
"Jonah, God’s Heart for the Lost," Pastor Justin Miller, Real Life Church.


Our 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.

Name tags. Do you have an RHC name tag? If not fill out a Contact Card and write on it I need a name tag! Be sure to include your name exactly as you would like it to read on your nametag.

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; Spaghetti with meatballs, garden salad, garlic bread, ice tea, brownies & 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.


Jonah – Life on the Run Week 4                                                           


Main Idea: More than anything God wants us to share his heart. Jonah chapter four reminds us of how easy it is for God’s heart to be replaced by hypocrisy in our hearts. When we put our preference over God’s purpose, we have a problem!


Opening discussion:

Have you ever been upset because of someone else’s actions only to catch yourself later doing the same thing? Share the story.


Read Jonah 4


  1. Pastor Justin pointed out that Jonah’s story is important because it’s our story, including chapter four. What about Jonah’s story in chapter four is similar to our relationship with God?


  1. How can opinions and preferences get in the way of sharing God’s message of love and salvation?


  1. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus says to “seek first His kingdom…” What do we often seek first instead? Why do we often seek those things first?


  1. Pastor Justin said, “God keeps showing me that his purpose is greater than my preferences. His commission is more important than my comfort.” Why is it important to think through these truths?


  1. Pastor Justin asked the question, “When God listens to your heart, does he hear his Son?” How would you describe the heart of Christ?


Next Steps: As God’s kids, in God’s house, we have to have God’s heart. When God listens to your heart, does he hear his Son? When God’s purpose is greater than our preferences, we have God’s heart. Try these next steps this week as a way to make your heart sound like His.


  1. Pray that God would open up your eyes to your preferences or comforts that may be contrary to His purpose and commission in your life.
  2. Read Matthew 6 and identify what part was the most challenging for you.

Ask God to help you trust Him with what was most challenging.

  1. Give it up. Take a break from the distraction, the comfort, the preference, etc. Give it up for a week or more!
  2. Replace it. Instead of the distraction, comfort or preference that may be keeping you from God’s purpose, replace it with time serving and/or praying for others.


Reading Plan

Sunday – Jonah 4
Monday – Matthew 6:25-34
Tuesday – Mark 8:34-38
Wednesday – Galatians 2:19-21 Thursday –Luke 15:28-32
Friday – Matthew 13:44-46
Saturday – Ephesians 2:8-10


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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