Story to Witness

Themes. I can’t find a way to study the Bible without running into more of them. A few months ago I read a book that emphasized a few select passages from Mark’s Gospel. As I read, a theme came to mind that made the whole book of Mark sink in like never before. That night I put down the book I was reading and have not touched it since.

The next morning I began a slow and steady dissection of Mark in order to discover this new theme.

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A Not-So-Minor Prophet

On our honeymoon Kayla and I were listening to a podcast from Gateway Church in Dallas when the book of Jonah was suddenly referenced. The reason why it came up was only an aside to the rest of the message but the preacher essentially said “The book of Jonah is the one book Jesus used to say that he would die and raise from the grave as a sign to His generation.”

For some reason this short phrase stuck with me for our drive across North Carolina and several days afterwards. Sometimes God uses little curiosities like this one in order to direct me to something exciting. Once I made it back to College Station I devoted a little bit of time to reading and asking God for something new from the book of Jonah.

I have a very strong connection with the book of Jonah. When I was saved my freshman year of college I went to Breakaway regularly and during one Tuesday night a guest speaker shared a brief message from the book of Jonah and a very clear presentation of the gospel that I was able to internalize. I was already saved, but it was at that point that I had a solid understanding that would allow me to communicate it to others. I don’t even remember if it was from Jonah specifically, but for some reason the gospel and the book of Jonah are glued together in my mind. I have studied the book of Jonah a few times but I haven’t been able to see much of a picture of the gospel in it on my own, but I knew it was in there somewhere.

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