The book of Jonah is for many a familiar. This book is hugely important for the Church today. The Church, including Bellevue, needs a fresh vision of God’s mercy and grace, a deepened understanding of God’s call on our life, and to be moved to renew our participation in God’s passion for reaching the ‘Ninevites’ of today. The story has even more depth through the life of Jesus Christ who used Jonah’s time inside the fish as a sign of the period he would be in the ‘heart of the earth’ after His death and before His resurrection (Matthew 12:39-42; 16:4; Luke 11: 29-32).
As we look forward to replanting Bellevue in our new building, we turn to the scriptures to remind us who we are as church and what our role is to be in our city. The identity of the church (who we are) is explored using five biblical metaphors – all but four of which are taken from the Old Testament. The ministry of the church (our role) is considered under the headings worship, fellowship, ministry and witness.