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Jonah 2:1-10

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

When you run from God you find yourself in a dark void.

  • You lose meaning
  • You are useless
  • You lose peace
  • You negatively affect those around you

Your testimony is powerful

  • You don’t have to be perfect
  • It is God who convicts and moves not you
  • God lays the groundwork

God pursues his children to the very depths of the earth

  • You are not too far gone
  • Your past doesn’t matter
  • You still have a choice

While it may be hard to stand in the Divine presence at times, it is much harder when you flee.

  • Divine presence is hard in the short term but easier in the long
  • Running from divine presence is easier in the short term and harder in the long

Jonah represents what it looks like to run from God’s call. Jesus represents what it looks like to run towards God’s call.

  • Peace over turmoil
  • Sacrifice to save many over sacrifice to save a few
  • Both storms represent God’s loving activity in this world. Both storms reveal his power and sovereignty over this earth.
News & Events
  • Avenue Student Camp

    | Parents, Students

    Avenue Student Camp will be June 5-9th at Sabine Creek Ranch in Royse City, TX, for 6th-12th grade students.

    This is a week full of fellowship, and fun. The students will participate in worship, recreational activities, and be challenged to grow in their relationship with God and each other.

    Early Registration: March 20th-April16th. Cost is $250. Sibling Cost is $200

    Standard Registration: April 17th-May21st. Cost is $275. Sibling Cost is $225

    Late Registration: May 22nd-June 1st. Cost is $300. Sibling Cost is $250

     

    Register
  • Avenue Girls Summer Bible Study

    | Parents, Students

    Avenue Girls are doing a Summer Bible Study!

    We’re going to spend the summer learning about how to find and keep lasting, healthy friendships.

    This is for girls grades 6th-12th. We will meet on Mondays (dates vary) in the Avenue Care Room from 1pm-3pm. Books are $15.

    Register
  • Avenue Students Summer Nite

    | Parents, Students

    DRIVE Summer Nights will be held in The Venue from 6:30-8:00pm, for 6th-12th grade students. You don’t want to miss out, so be there and bring your friends!

  • Family Experience

    | Kidz, Parents

    Movie Night at the Waxahachie Campus.

    Kids Blitz at the Ennis Campus.

  • Avenue Students Movie Night

    | 06:30 PM | Adults, Parents, Students

    We’re going to the movies!! We are going to see Transformers: The Last Knight at Showbiz Cinemas in Waxahachie at 6:30pm.

    The show is rated PG-13 for Sci-Fi violence.

    Tickets are $7. If students want to purchase food/drinks they will need to bring extra money.

    We only have 100 seats available, so register fast!

    Register


Give

Ways to Give

Online Giving

You can give a one-time gift or a recurring donation, using your checking account, debit, or credit card.

GIVE NOW

The Avenue Church App

You can give, watch worship experiences, and keep up with events around The Avenue. Download on your devices app store.

On Campus

Give cash or check in the buckets during our worship experiences or the giving boxes as you leave the auditorium. You can also give with a debit or credit card at our giving kiosks in the lobby.

Text Giving

We offer the ability to text-to-give by texting “$Amount” to 84321 (ex. $200).

Sermon & Worship
Sermon Notes

Jonah 2:1-10

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

When you run from God you find yourself in a dark void.

  • You lose meaning
  • You are useless
  • You lose peace
  • You negatively affect those around you

Your testimony is powerful

  • You don’t have to be perfect
  • It is God who convicts and moves not you
  • God lays the groundwork

God pursues his children to the very depths of the earth

  • You are not too far gone
  • Your past doesn’t matter
  • You still have a choice

While it may be hard to stand in the Divine presence at times, it is much harder when you flee.

  • Divine presence is hard in the short term but easier in the long
  • Running from divine presence is easier in the short term and harder in the long

Jonah represents what it looks like to run from God’s call. Jesus represents what it looks like to run towards God’s call.

  • Peace over turmoil
  • Sacrifice to save many over sacrifice to save a few
  • Both storms represent God’s loving activity in this world. Both storms reveal his power and sovereignty over this earth.
News & Events
  • Avenue Student Camp

    | Parents, Students

    Avenue Student Camp will be June 5-9th at Sabine Creek Ranch in Royse City, TX, for 6th-12th grade students.

    This is a week full of fellowship, and fun. The students will participate in worship, recreational activities, and be challenged to grow in their relationship with God and each other.

    Early Registration: March 20th-April16th. Cost is $250. Sibling Cost is $200

    Standard Registration: April 17th-May21st. Cost is $275. Sibling Cost is $225

    Late Registration: May 22nd-June 1st. Cost is $300. Sibling Cost is $250

     

    Register
  • Avenue Girls Summer Bible Study

    | Parents, Students

    Avenue Girls are doing a Summer Bible Study!

    We’re going to spend the summer learning about how to find and keep lasting, healthy friendships.

    This is for girls grades 6th-12th. We will meet on Mondays (dates vary) in the Avenue Care Room from 1pm-3pm. Books are $15.

    Register
  • Avenue Students Summer Nite

    | Parents, Students

    DRIVE Summer Nights will be held in The Venue from 6:30-8:00pm, for 6th-12th grade students. You don’t want to miss out, so be there and bring your friends!

  • Kidz Blitz LIVE Family Experience in Ennis

    | 06:30 PM | Kidz, Parents

    Join us at The Avenue Church in Ennis for this uplifting, high-energy, faith-based program for parents and kids! With fast-paced action and Super Bowl excitement, Kidz Blitz LIVE targets the elementary age kids while engaging people of all ages. With a message woven into the action, kids learn while playing . Tickets are $5/person with a max of $20/family. Children 2 and under are free.

    Register
  • Family Experience

    | Kidz, Parents

    Movie Night at the Waxahachie Campus.

    Kids Blitz at the Ennis Campus.



Give

Ways to Give

Online Giving

You can give a one-time gift or a recurring donation, using your checking account, debit, or credit card.

GIVE NOW

The Avenue Church App

You can give, watch worship experiences, and keep up with events around The Avenue. Download on your devices app store.

On Campus

Give cash or check in the buckets during our worship experiences or the giving boxes as you leave the auditorium. You can also give with a debit or credit card at our giving kiosks in the lobby.

Text Giving

We offer the ability to text-to-give by texting “$Amount” to 84321 (ex. $200).

Spanish Service

¿Te interesa un servicio completamente en español? The Avenue en español se reúne cada domingo a las 12:45 PM en nuestro Ennis Campus (906 S. Kaufman St. Ennis, Tx 75119). Ofrecemos un servicio con música emocionante y predicación aplicable. También, si tienes niños (edad 0-5º grado), tenemos un servicio planeado específicamente para ellos en Kidz Avenue. Si estás visitándonos por la primera vez, busca una persona de nuestro VIP Team vestido en rojo. Ellos pueden mostrarte donde está todo y ayudarte con tu visita. ¡Únete con nosotros este domingo!

¿Más preguntas? Manda un mensaje a information@theavenuechurch.com. Alguien te responderá dentro de dos días.

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