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Jonah 3

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Secular:

  • Running From God – Afraid of the mission
    • Afraid God can’t do it…
    • Rarely afraid of success
  •  Running to God – Recognize our weakness
    • Our Place in Christ
  •  Running With God – Embracing the Mission
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Biblical: NAU Jonah 3:1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you." 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days' walk. 4 Then Jonah began to go through the city one day's walk; and he cried out and said, "Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown." 5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. 7 He issued a proclamation and it said, "In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. 8 "But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. 9 "Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish." 10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.

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The Commission

3:1 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you." 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three days' walk. 4 Then Jonah began to go through the city one day's walk; and he cried out and said, "Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown."

  • I don’t know what God wants… what his will
    • Maybe we aren’t listening

** He have heard the joke… or a version of it

      • Wife talks…
        • Husband can’t hear – tasks
        • Husband can hear – food / fishing
  • The Nature 1-2 * NAU Matthew 10:7 "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
  • Let ALL you come into contact with know
  • Matt 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
  • Go… so that you have an opportunity to teach…
  • Acts 5:20 20 "Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life."
  • Don’t be shy!! Jonah panicked… be bold… trust in God…
  • Know your duty…
  • Rom 1:14-15  I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
  •  To all share…
  • It is not about us…
    • We serve
    • But it is all about Christ…
  • 2 Cor 4: 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.
  • We were rescued…
    • That’s the mission
    • Now we are to rescue…
    • That’s how it works…
    • (Like a rescue on ice)…
  • 2 Cor 5: 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
  •   Go… but teach…
    • Context…
  • 1 Thess 2: 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 5 For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-- God is witness-- 6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. 7 But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. 8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
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  •  The Numbers 3-4
  •  Those days it was a big task…
    • 3 days to preach through the city
  • These days it is a big task…
    • Be committed be thorough
  • 40 days… there destruction was immenent…
    • IT IS NOT IF
    • IT IS WHEN
  • Commission – in Nature… the Hope… the Gospel
      • In Number… thorough… for sure
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The Confession

5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. 6 When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. 7 He issued a proclamation and it said, "In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. 8 "But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. 9 "Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish."

  • The Ruler Repents v6-9
    • Deal with our leaders
    • Reflection of the people
      • Clinton…
  •   Influence when possible
  • Don’t back down…
  • Power vs. power
  • Acts 5:29 But Peter and the apostles answered, "We must obey God rather than men.
  • Society MUST Repent…

  •  The People Repent v 5 (starts with people)
  • Matthew 3:1 Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 3 For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, "THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, 'MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT!'"
  •  Abortion is about changing the mind of Women…
  • Not about changing the top…
  • Mar 9: 47 "If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell,
  • Nature – Serious
  • Stakes are high
    • Reconcile…. Repent
  •  Make a difference… Confession
    • First people… then the nation

 The Compassion

10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.

  • God is forgiving…
  •  NAU 1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
  • Provides the solution…
  •  Love in Sacrifice…
  • NAU John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
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Conclusion:

The Commission

  • God has made it clear…
  • God doesn’t make it easy…
  • It counts… it costs…
  •  NAU 2 Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
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The Confession

  • God will forgive…
  •  God wants the relationship…
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The Compassion

  • God’s arms are open…
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