A Preacher’s Disobedience – Gospel in Life

A Preacher’s Disobedience

Tim Keller |  October 26, 1997

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  • The Fall
  • Repentance
  • Sin
Jonah 1:1-5, 2:1-10
RS 83-08

Jonah 1:1–3

Understanding sin isn’t as simple as knowing who’s good or bad; it’s a complex idea that’s vital to truly grasp the transformational power of Christianity. The story of Jonah helps us see how some people misunderstand sin. Studying sin through Jonah’s tale is key to fully understanding our faith.

1. Running

Jonah’s story shows us how we often avoid God’s instructions because we’re looking out for ourselves, just like Adam and Eve questioned God in the Garden of Eden. It highlights where sin comes from and why we should value people for who they are, not what they can do for us. The story emphasizes that everyone, no matter their background, needs genuine love and trust in God.

2. Sleeping

Sin starts when we stop trusting God and start relying on other things. Real happiness and satisfaction come from a relationship with God that doesn’t have any conditions, not from using faith or spirituality to get what we want. It’s important to recognize our own sins, stay humble, and be mindful of the things we worship that could harm us.

3. Sinking

God lets us face tough times, not to punish us, but to help us see our true characters and the shaky foundation of what we’ve built our lives on. These difficulties can spark a realization, leading us to ask for forgiveness and giving us a chance to experience grace. Jonah’s story shows that, thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice, we can be free from guilt, emptiness, and feelings of not being good enough, and realize that God is both fair and kind.



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