Jonah The Worship Leader
In the “Jonah the Worship Leader” devotional, Nate Finochio uses the story of Jonah to illustrate how our ministry and what we do for God is not so we can save others; it’s so God can save us.
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Nathan Finochio is a teaching pastor at Hillsong New York City. In addition to teaching, preaching, and writing, Nathan is a worship leader and songwriter for the band The Royal Royal. Finochio lives in New York with his wife, Jasmine.
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We may have heard the story of Jonah before, but Nathan offers a different angle on his story throughout this devotional. In this first video, we’re reminded that usually, when we think we’re the ones doing the saving, God’s really after our hearts. We’re the ones He wants to save.
Jonah’s decision-making process was largely dictated by his own fears and insecurities. In this session, Nathan outlines how destructive this was to Jonah’s ministry. We see the implications of letting pride take root within us, and we have the opportunity to consider a better way.
Elevating the self is one of the quickest ways to dismantle a team. Smugness breeds contempt and disunity, and it results in a toxic atmosphere. In the next installment of this devotional, Nathan articulates how focusing on the self in order to heal is not the same thing as pursuing self-glorification. He offers practical tips for avoiding self-promoting behaviors that are detrimental to carrying out ministry.
Pride was a stumbling block for Jonah, but it doesn’t have to trip us up if we welcome accountability and practice humility. To wrap up this devotional, Nathan describes key attributes of a smug-free Christian.
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