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Jonah and new cell leaders

On Friday and Saturday I was in Southampton teaching Reading CU's new cell group leaders. It was an intense five session bootcamp, with seminars on skills for Word Leadering and Witness Leadering, along with three talks on the book of Jonah.

Jonah is one of my favourite books and it was a great priviledge to be able to unpack it for them. The book reveals theology in story, and shows the absolute sovereignty of God over his universe, and that he is full of grace - he is the LORD who is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. And he will show grace! The big ideas in application to new leaders were these:
  • 1.God uses losers to get his work done. So you qualify. Not because you're worth it but because God is gracious. So get on with getting into God's work. Keep the attention on him. People don't need us, they're starving for the glory of God so let's get God's word into their hearts.
  • 2.God does saving. No conditions. No contributions required. You're always doing better than you deserve...
  • 3.God is gracious. And he invites us to embrace that. Jonah learnt it the hard way through a storm, a fish and some sunburn. The easier way is to take God at his word from the outset. Which is now.

I'll probably blog the scripts eventually. But for now, it's my day off - so time to make some coffee, read a book and wait for a friend to come round.


  1. Jonah is good! I look forward to seeing the scripts. Thought that Dale Ralph-Davis was very good on this at 2005 EMA - mp3 from proc trust.


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