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Attention: 5 is bigger than one correct and at first doesn’t seem too big a number. What about 26,400 now that sounds like a big number correct. Until we hear 106,439 now thats a pretty big number. A 2010 census profile form the NAMB tells us that within 5 miles of this school there are 132,839 people living in the area of Gladstone. NAMB also states of the entire city of Kansas City only about 20% are churched. If we apply the 20% rule to the 5 mile radius of this school we see that 26,400 people are Churched. The staggering problem is that leaves us to a exceedingly great problem. 106, 439 people with a five mile radius of this school are unchurched. Even if we give them a bone and say 50% are Churched thats still leaves 66,419 people within 5 miles of MBTS that do not know the name of Jesus.
Attention:
PNP: In our passage, this afternoon, we are going to observe there are 3 growths that occur in our obedience to the word of God.
PNP: In this passage, this afternoon, we observe there are 4 advancements when we obey the word of God.
Secure Interest:
Secure Interest:
Crucial assertion: It should bother you these numbers sound staggering and overwhelming cause they are. If it doesn’t bother you should be asking yourself why they don’t.
Crucial assertion:
Love/ Loathe: Lets look to a New Testament example of a growing problem and what the Church decided to do about it in , It says if you want to follow along.
“Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith”
Love/ Loathe:
Loathe:
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith
Everybody loves hearing about the selection of Stephen and the 6 other men as the solution to a growing problem. But this comes about only because were quick to gloss over the problem of the Hellenist complainers and the Jewish idlers.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), .
Loathe:
Projection of a determinative difference:
Projection of a determinative difference: Could the Hellenists have stopped complaining and the Jews stepped up to support the Hellenist widows better. You bet they could. There was nothing special about the deacons themselves other than they committed to a life of being an ambassador full of the Spirt and wisdom and stature. If Christians would focus their energies on being obedient ambassadors presenting the Gospel that unites our differences right where were at we would see a decrease in our problem as well.
Purpose:
Purpose: My purpose for preaching this message is for you to be illuminated to the growing problem occurring in our community and do something about it by relentlessly pursuing kingdom growth.
Purpose: My purpose for preaching this message is for you to be illuminated to the growing problem occurring within 5 miles of this school and encourage you to set aside a time commitment to do something about it.
Orientation
Orientation
We pick up in part two of a two-part sermon within section 3 of the book of Jonah, regarding Jonah’s obedience.
We pick up in part two of a two-part sermon within section 3 of the book of Jonah, regarding Jonah’s obedience.
Summarization of context.
Summarization of context.
We discussed last time I preached that Israel, was a divided nation, with Assyrian barbarians to their north. And that Nineveh was the capital city of these blood thirsty barbarians. We also discussed the broad narrative storyline to this point about how in , Jonah disobeyed God’s word, telling him to go to Nineveh and preach, instead heads from Joppa which is east of Nineveh south toward Tarshish. We recall God sent a mighty storm that caused Jonah to confesses he was fleeing from Gods presence. In we read how God was providential in rescuing Jonah from death in allowing a fish to swallow Jonah after being tossed in the sea. We also observed that catastrophes produce gifts to the lives of men in .
We discussed last time I preached that Israel, was a divided nation, with Assyrian barbarians to their north. And that Nineveh was the capital city of these blood thirsty barbarians. We also discussed the broad narrative storyline to this point about how in Jonah disobeyed God’s word, telling him to go to Nineveh and preach. We recall God sent a mighty storm that caused Jonah to confess he was fleeing from Gods presence. In we read how God was providential in rescuing Jonah from death. We also observed that catastrophes are hidden gifts to edify men .
Connection to last message
In my last message, we observed that taught us there are 2 attributes to the Word of the Living God that will source our calling and fulfill it, Namely in verse 3:1 The word of God has a living attribute because its personal, and revealing. We also discussed in verse 2-3 The word of God has an active attribute as well because it makes demands, it enables, and compels to choose.
Jonah disobeyed God’s word, telling him to go to Nineveh and preach, instead heads from Joppa which is east of Nineveh south toward Tarshish. We recall God sent a mighty storm that caused Jonah to confess he was fleeing from Gods presence. In
bringing us to pick up this afternoon in Jonah chapter 3: verse 3b-10.
In verse 3B the author gives us some demographics to the city of Nineveh followed by Jonah’s reluctant obedience only going a days journey into the city. He also only preached 5 Hebrew words.
Restate PNP: In this passage, this afternoon, we observe there are 4 advancements when we obey the word of God.
we read how God was providential in rescuing Jonah from death in allowing a fish to swallow Jonah after being tossed in the sea. We also observed that catastrophes produce gifts to the lives of men in
I. Jonah’s lack luster approach.
A. Only a days journey into the city.
Connection to last message
B. He only preached 5 Hebrew words.
In my last message, we observed that
I. Smallest (insignificant people) advancement.
taught us there are 2 attributes to the Word of the Living God that will source our calling and help us to fulfill it, namely in verse 3:1 The word of God has a living attribute because its personal and revealing. In verse 2-3 The word of God has active attributes as well because it makes demands, it enabling, and compelling us to choose.
A. Become believers.
taught us there are 2 attributes to the Word of the Living God that will source our calling and fulfill it, namely in verse 3:1 The word of God has a living attribute because its personal and revealing. We also discussed in verse 2-3 The word of God has an active attribute as well because it makes demands, it enables, and compels to choose.
B. Fast- (DECLARE).
bringing us to pick up this afternoon in Jonah chapter 3: verse 3b-5.
C. Put on sackcloth- (DISPLAY).
Restate PNP: In this passage, this afternoon, we observe there are 3 growths occuring as we obey the Word of God.
II. Greatest (significant people) advancement.
I. Our obedience illuminates us to problematic growths occuring around us. (vs. 3b)
A. Become believers.
A. First we see in this passage theres a culture problem- (vs. 3b)
First theres the problem with the Hebrew noun adjective combination translated as an adverb of “exceedingly” in the Hebrew it’s “Ir gadolah Lelohim” “Lehlohim” having it’s root of “elohim” meaning “God” literally translated the Hebrew says “A city great to God”, yet we read the assyrians are the arch enemies of the Jews. Historical record indicate the assyrians led captives away with hooks in their noses and impaled rebels. This is not like the west bottoms at midnight. it’s more like being a Christian in Sader city Bagdad. you’ll loose your head in these areas proclaiming Christ. Yet this city is Written in the Hebrew as “a great city to God” When we have a cultural problem its really a Gospel problem needing a Gospel solution.
The
First theres the problem with the Hebrew noun adjective combination translated as an adverb of “exceedingly” in the Hebrew it’s “Ir gadolah Lelohim” “Lehlohim” having it’s root of “elohim” meaning “God” literally translated the Hebrew says “A city great to God”, yet we read the assyrians are the arch enemies of the Jews. Historical record indicate the assyrians led captives away with hooks in their noses and impaled rebels. This is not like the west bottoms at midnight. it’s more like being a Christian in Sader city Bagdad. you’ll loose your head in these areas proclaiming Christ. Yet this city is Written in the Hebrew as “a great city to God” When we have a cultural problem its really a Gospel problem needing a Gospel solution.
B. Dethrone, de-robe- Shedding of their authority (DECLARE).
B. Second we see theres a Proportional problem. (vs. 3b)
Next we see in the text the city was a 3 day journey span. It was a great city by proportion. Full of lost and sinful people God had compassion for.
Next we see in the text the city was a 3 day journey span. It was a great city by proportion. Full of lost and sinful people God had compassion for.
A 2017 Kansas City Star news article records Maggie Finefrock’s journey across Kansas city by foot. She began on the south edge of Kansas city 1/4 mile from her house, hopping on the blue river trail, then the Indian creek trail, trolly track trail through pen valley park, river heritage trail into the west bottoms after 3 days and 99,000 steps she arrived in tiffany springs market center in the northland. Her Map my walk recorded her walking 42 miles total. Nineveh was a big city full of lost people it says in chapter 4 120,000 to be exact if your reading ahead.
A 2017 Kansas City Star news article records Maggie Finefrock’s journey across Kansas city by foot. She began on the south edge of Kansas city 1/4 mile from her house, hopping on the blue river trail, then the Indian creek trail, trolly track trail through pen valley park, river heritage trail into the west bottoms after 3 days and 99,000 steps she arrived in tiffany springs market center in the northland. Her Map my walk recorded her walking 42 miles total. Nineveh was a big city full of lost people.
C. Put on sackcloth- (DISPLAY).
Application: There’s no problem too big for a bigger God. Example A lot of brush needing cleared.
The point of the matter is this verse is teaching us that though our problems grow and are largely ill proportional to our miniscule capabilities. There’s no problem too big for a bigger God.
The point of this verse is teaching us though our problems grow and are largely ill proportional to our miniscule capabilities. There’s no problem too big for a bigger God.
When I think of applying this I imagine a large area of brush that needs clearing and heavy machinery and a bunch of assets and people. Wouldn't it be easier to light a match and let the fire do the job for you? There’s no problem too big for a all consuming God.
Think of its application like this. Imagine a large area of brush, trees, logs and under growth that needs clearing because its choking out the good growth. Imagine all the heavy machinery, chain saws, gasoline, and the people and time assets it would take to complete the job. Wouldn't it be easier to light a match and let the fire do the job for you? There’s no problem too big for a all consuming God using a single match.
III. Influential advancement.
II. Personal Growth. (vs. 4)
II. Personal Growth. (vs. 4)
II. Our obedience leads to a Personal Growth. (vs. 4)
A. “Let” inhabitants fast (DECLARE).
A. First a growth in our personal obedience. (v 4)
Jonah “Began” lets stop right there we can read on and notice-it never says he finished. Our work will never be complete this side of heaven. Lets read on, to go into the city going a days journey. Again lets stop for a min. Why did Jonah only go a days journey into the city? it’s because he had limitations, first, the sabbath created the overarching limitation of what any Jew could do in a day. Second he’s walking into a hostile city. Third, If I was a king in a city I would position myself in the center to govern the whole city. Jonah wasn't coming anywhere near the center of the city not being a Jew. But words could travel there.
B. “Let” inhabitants put on sackcloth (DISPLAY).
Because theres no more preaching words or days captured in the text scholars debate that Jonah must have preached more unrecorded or maybe preached to differing groups over 3 days around the city. coming up with differing theories and thoughts of how this mass movement might have happened logically. Listen the text is saying plainly God sized problems requires God sized solutions. It wasn’t Jonah’s strategy or winsomeness that converted a hostile capitol city.
It’s simply saying that God completes what we begin and are incapable of finishing. There has been only one person who has genuinely said “it is finished.” Jesus Christ in which discusses the traveling nature of the living Word of God. Contributing to the problem is talking about the problem, talking about beginning, writing about beginning, but never effectually obediently and faithfully beginning. We have to begin which will result in a personal growth and a never finishing obedience to the author and finisher of our faith. Bringing us to the second personal growth point which is.
C. “Let” inhabitants (BELIEVE)
IV. Kingdom advancement.
B. A growth in our personal faith. (v4)
A. No longer an enemy of God.
B. Having assurance.
C. Receiving righteousness.
B. Jonah only preached 5 Hebrew words.
A man no doubt having many words to say. Remember how Jonah remembered God in his prayer in Chapter 2:7. Jonah full of the spirit had a miread of things to say. He could have said much more he was just cast off a ship and eaten by a whale goodness sake. Why isn’t that recorded as being preached? Scholars also debate, surely he said more than 5 Hebrew words to gain the reaction were seeing here. I don’t think so this passage perfectly displays a personal growth in faith.Let me ask you are you growing in faith and obedience? Wouldn’t you know Jonah’s name in the Hebrew also means dove. In the spirit of God descends like a dove upon Jesus. Noah sent the dove to retrieve and return a message it was safe to exit the ark in . says “ 16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Isiah 42:1-6 states,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
I have put my Spirit upon him;
Application: God completes what we start and are incapable of finishing. Example- Knowledge of how to build a tender box gathering a fuel source, and how to create a heat source (spark). However, without the unseen oxygen (Spirit of God) something we can’t readily repurpose/ create the fire will never start or continue.
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. Interesting to note here is the reed here is comes from the rush plant which the pith of the rush plant used to be mixed with fat or grease in rural England till the end of the 19th century. Research says it makes a pretty cheap and steady burning candle.
or make it heard in the street;
Jonah wasn't afraid of the problem However hew wasn't stupid either. He didn't barge into the kings palace barking orders for the city to repent. He was wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove. He had faith because he had the Spirit of God resting upon him as he went into Nineveh that day.
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
Are you growing in faith and obedience?
Wouldn’t you know Jonah in the Hebrew also means dove. In the spirit of God descends like a dove upon Jesus. Jonah had the Spirit of God upon him as he went into Nineveh that day.
I found it Interesting to note here the reed out of this entire passage the reed was what I took note of finding it comes from the rush plant. Studying further I found the pith of the rush plant was used and mixed with fat or grease in rural England till the end of the 19th century. Research says it makes a pretty cheap and steady burning candle. Folks, hows your light are you growing in faith and obedience. Jonah as a reluctant bruised reed and smoldering wick obeyed Gods word against seemingly impossible odds. He went because he had knowledge and wisdom. But Gods Spirt completed what he didn’t finish. Wouldn’t you know Jonah in the Hebrew also means dove. In Leviticus chapter 1 we read the dove was not to be torn in two, nor be killed by the person brining the burnt offering like the bulls or sheep. Rather it was to be given to the priest to be be killed and sacrificed on behalf of the sacrificer never to be severed in two. It was the dove who was sent and returned to the ark letting Noah know the waters had receded. In the spirit of God descends like a dove upon Jesus. Jonah a broken reed and smoldering wick had the Spirit of God upon him as he went into Nineveh that day.
Example- Knowledge of how to build a tender box gathering a fuel source, and how to create a heat source (spark). However, without the unseen oxygen (Spirit of God) something we can’t readily repurpose/ create the fire will never start or continue.
You know, I can have the Knowledge of how to start a fire building a tender box by gathering a fuel source, and how to create a heat source or spark. Even to knowledge to to take a unlit match and strike it across it’s striker. However, without the unseen oxygen occuring around me. Something I can’t readily see, taste, touch, or feel. But, because I understand through knowledge it’s a key component, and I’m talking about the Spirit of God here. A fire will never start or continue. Hows your fire this afternoon? Are you smoldering? Do you need to be fanned to flame. Are you burning but need the wisdom of what to do with your burning fire. It was given to Jonah to go to Nineveh, if God so loved the brutal killers of Nineveh doesn't he also love the 66-106K of Gladstone? Will you obey and begin yourself then? Will you simply ask 8 english words “Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior” Not asking this multiplies the problem. However, one single act of obedience leads to the observable results of peoples conversion brining us to our third observable growth.
III. Our obedience leads to Conversion Growth. (vs. 5)
A. The target of obedience is conversion growth.
A. Who’s The people?
Read with me in verse 5 “The people of Nineveh” lets take a moment to camp here. These are the commoners those that are influenced by the wealthy. These are ones who believed God first, yet reading on we see the passage talks about how the greatest of them to the least of them. Then in verse 6 it opens with the King. The author put the passage in order by greatest to least to set us up for the follow on section discussing the greatest of Nineveh the king. But don’t miss this the commoners who were the first to call for a fast and put on sackcloth. Why is this because they are teachable. Next time I preach we will read it takes 2 extra steps for the greatest to come to faith but they carry the authority to support and advance the word in ways commoners can’t. Jesus says in
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” How do we convert the influential then?
Anybody know anything fishing in here? when you fish the rule of thumb is the bigger the bait the bigger the catch. How big is your catch vision? if its a bluegill you only need a single grub or maybe its a bass then you possible need a frog or minnow, or maybe it’s a beracuda, then your going to need a cut bait shinner, My vision for you is a blue whale, guess what the eat, 8,000 lbs of krill. Now whats Krill again wouldn't you know this species eats zooplankton and are considered only one step above the very bottom of the food chain. Perhaps this is why Jonah, “the dove” who was eaten by the whale, was so successful. only going a days journey into the city he spoke to the commoners, using a simple message. this goes against our intuition of making change by converting the influencing such as governors, presidents, parents, or anyone else thats has authority and influence over our lives.
Many of you know Billy Graham and how he passed away a few weeks ago. you also have heard how he led multitudes of people to Christ and how he was considered America’s pastor. How he ministered to presidents int he white house and foreign dignitaries. How many in the audience have thought if I could get to a position of influenced like him I could make a big impact in our country?
Many of you know Billy Graham and how he passed away a few weeks ago. you also have heard how he led multitudes of people to Christ and how he was considered America’s pastor. How he ministered to presidents int he white house and foreign dignitaries. How many in the audience have thought if I could get to a position of influenced like him I could make a big impact in our country?
This redirects our focus that kingdom building begins with the capturing of many small fish that make up a school to feed and catch the whale’s of our society.
Friends don’t miss this point of this passage. The people movement in Nineveh didn't begin with the King’s edict in verse 7 that we will be looking at next week. It began with a single obedient person, who only went a days journey into a 3 day city and spoke only 5 words to the least of their population. Which resulted in people believing in God, declaring by fast they hunger for God more than their hands could ever produce and display, their sorrow for their sin by assuming uncomfortable goat hair, while sitting in ruined heaps of ashes. Which leads us to discuss the goal of obedience is conversion growth.
B. The Goal of obedience is conversion growth.
The verb in Hebrew here in verse 5 depicts to believe, to trust in, or to have faith in. Scholars debate if the people fo Nineveh actually believed in God since Nineveh in future historical accounts never really seem to display a conversionary change. it’s even rendered in the ESV as the people believed God in the NASB it’s rendered the “People believed in God” Big difference, lets take a look now at , it says,
32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” Jesus talking with the unrepentant legalistic Jews. Interesting to note as well is right after this passage Jesus then teaches about the light found in you,  “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.”
Luke Chapter 11 verse 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35 Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. 36
How is your light are you burning bright enough to be seen? or are you not burning at all. Christian, there are 66-100K people within five miles of this classroom that need to witness the light found in you before all they know is eternal darkness.
Then theres the issue of the people fasting and putting on sackcloth, all of which progressively move from believe, declare publically, and display publically.
Then theres the issue of the people fasting and putting on sackcloth, all of which progressively move from believing, to fasting or declaring publically, and siting in sackcloth and ashes or displaying publically. Are there fake conversions out there, false confessions, sure but is it our job to figure out genuine faith or to be faithful and proclaim? No where in scripture does it say go figure out how many are saved, nope it says go and make disciples teaching them to obey. We read later in chapter 4 Jonah never stays or returns to teach. He left after a day and sat to the east of the city to pout. Its not up to us to confirm or deny whether a person is saved. Its counted to us as privilege to be faithful in proclaiming the message and teaching them-to obey. Lets put it like this wouldn’t Jesus know if the Ninevites were in heaven? What did he say in He said they were in fact going to be able to judge the unbelieving Jew.
The applicational point of verse 5 is There are 66-103k people within 5 miles of us that potentially believe God even shudder regarding His word, so says the James about the demons in . They end up working relentlessly in their own strength because they never reach a completed work through believing and having faith in God for their salvation, being slaves to obeying the law. Those who have faith work because we’ve observed our started deeds becoming finished in Christ’s faithfulness thus validating our faith as true.
Application: Small fire needs to grow to bigger fire in order to burn big sustaining logs.
Application: Small fire needs to grow to bigger fire in order to burn big sustaining logs.
IV. Extension Growth. (vs. 6-8)
A. When the news “Reached” the King. (vs 6)
Waiting and searching for the giant moment to make the largest impact is like trying to put a log on a match and expecting it to burn. You can’t put a giant log on a match and expect it to burn. But listen don’t think that a small fire wont make a big impact. In he says the tongue is a fire that can do much damage. If it can to much damage, it can also do much good. By faith use your tongue’s, to speak the Gospel, during a committed time in a specific location to advance the kingdom.
B. Allowance of conversion- Issued a proclamation “through” Nineveh. Key word “Let” (vs. 7-8)
Application: a fire started will spread grown and continue to devour everything in its path when its sustaining resources are not removed that allow it to continue. (fuel, heat, oxygen)
Functional Transition
PNP: In this passage, this afternoon, we have observed there were 3 growths that occur in our obedience to the Word of God.
Synopsis of the text:
V. Spiritual Growth. (vs. 9-10)
We have taken a detailed look at 3 growths and learned by observation in this passage there was a problematic growth of culture and proportion, a personal growth of faith and obedience, and an expansion growth of peoples conversion based on what they believed hearing the word preached.
Vital Transition
Clear forceful closing appeals, Objective of sermon achieved:
This afternoon my purpose in writing this sermon was for you to be illuminated to the growing problem occurring in our community I feel as though I have met that purposes intent. However I also wanted you to commit to doing something about it. What would a commitment look like for us to begin a people movement in Gladstone.
Obedience encouraged, Disobedience rebuked:
IV. Extension Growth. (vs. 6-8)
A. Ones having no authority:
These are the ones who were obeying the kings edict before he ever sent it. Their words and actions were what reached the King. They were a step a head of the influencer. They were leading the leader by first turning, displaying by fasts, and declaring by sackcloth. It was easy for them to do this because they never had a comfortable clothing to wear or a nice throne to be exalted from. This is an image of the laity to the Pastor. Don’t exalt the pastor or staff they struggle with this already . Rather you lead them by your obedience and let the Word of your actions “Reach” their ears.
A. Ones in authority: When this news “Reached” the King the one having authority he dethroned and de-robed himself becoming like the people (vs 6)
B. Ones in authority:
He being influenced by believers around him around him believed, declared and displayed himself.
V. Spiritual Growth. (vs. 9-10)
B. Ones having no authority: were obeying the kings edict before he ever sent it. Their words and actions were what reached the King. They were a step a head of the influencer. they were leading the leader.
1. Make your self vulnerable-When this news “Reached” the King the one having authority he dethroned and de-robed himself becoming like the people (vs 6)
B. Allowance of conversion- Issued a proclamation “through” Nineveh. Key word “Let” (vs. 7-8)
2. Maintain your authority-He being influenced by believers around him around him believed, declared and displayed himself. The king Issued the proclamation top those under his authority that were already believing and moving. Pastor, staff, dad mom, those in authority issue the proclamation to believe, declare and display Jesus Christ through the ones under your authority and then “Let” do it as God leads them. Key word “Let” Let them fast, let them morn, let them be uncomfortable, let them turn from their evil ways for themselves (vs. 7-8)
B. Issue the proclamation through the ones under your authority and “Let” them Key word “Let” (vs. 7-8)
Application: a fire started will spread grown and continue to devour everything in its path when its sustaining resources are not removed that allow it to continue. (fuel, heat, oxygen)
V. Spiritual Growth. (vs. 9-10)
A. Judgement understood- Their Sin, Gods wrath, their due punishment, and not knowing their fate.
B. Mercy Taught-God Sees and relents.
Application: Getting caught doing something illegal but being let go. Diego Fuller a Christian rap artist began his life as a cast out, ended up being a foster child. He burned his foster parents house down. Yet was afforded mercy to stay and life with them. He understood his judgment and was uncertain of what was going to happen to him as a result of his behavior. He ended up receiving forgiveness from his foster family whom was well within their authoritative rights to cast him out of their home for endangering their family and destroying their livelihood. This is mercy.
PNP: In this passage, this afternoon, we observe there are 5 growths that occur in our obedience to the Word of God.
Synopsis of the text:
Synopsis of the text:
We have learned that there were 5 growths we could observe in this passage a problematic growth of culture and proportion, a personal growth of faith and obedience, a conversion growth of the people and what they believed, and extension growth and how the word moved and was afforded freedom, and finally a spiritual growth understanding judgment and mercy.
Vital Transition
Clear forceful closing appeals, Objective of sermon achieved:
This afternoon my purpose in writing this sermon was for you to My purpose for preaching this message is for you to be illuminated to the growing problem occurring in our community and do something about it by relentlessly pursuing kingdom growth.
You might now be wondering now how do we specifically deal with our first calling. Give us some input. Here it is I’ve got a few stakes to equip you with it’s up to you to decide when to place them in the ground.
1st- Cover yourself in sackcloth take on the uncomfortable and humble and callout mightily to God
1st- Stop running, seeking, looking and just stand firm: like the prodigal son your going to run your way out of assets and support that your current Church can assist you with you will have to return if you don’t. Serve right where your planted, yes their might not be any recognition or pay. Then fulfill your first calling to loving and supporting your family until you receive a new calling.
2nd- Turn from your Evil ways self: Your abilities, your knowledge, your skills, your gifts and your talents and confess your doing this in your own strength. Your not the savior of peoples lives, you carry the message that draws people to Christ. Stop using it as a sharpshooting trivia tool to improve your social academic standing or Bible knowledge.
4th- Don’t just read Gods word as insurance or duty. Ask God to teach your heart and submit to his word until he does. For me this has taken at times a few hours. Stop filling your heads with data to dump and start filling your hearts each day. Pauls says in If I speak in tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. Let God words teach you to be a lover and not a cymbol
5th- Live for Jesus by displaying the cross your clinging to- Paul said in In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living “their life” by the gospel.
Obedience encouraged, Disobedience rebuked:
Faithful Christian’s:
Some this morning have
You have the living word in you. Jesus Christ himself lives in you. People naturally reject Jesus and his message so don’t take it personally. Pursue the unlovable, be kind to the mean, forgive those who offend you. Give to the thieves of Gladstone what they are truly looking for. Do this by walking a days journey into theirs. What do I mean? I mean if you have 48 hours of free time a week, commit 1/3 of it to the evangelization of getting to know and talk with the people of Gladstone. Thats only 16 hours, that may look like eating at restaurants in Gladstone, going to parks in Gladstone, coaching a baseball team in Gladstone. Double dip spend this time as families doing these things. Take walks in Gladstone as families or friends. As you encounter the locals struggling in their observance of the law share 5 things
-How you used to struggle with that.
-Because of who used to be before Christ
-How you no longer struggle with that.
-Because of Who you are today in Jesus.
-How you can struggle with them in prayer.
If they ask to know more invite them to continue to join you or over for lunch, out to coffee, or to your Church.
(Rebellious) Christian:
Some of you however are living rebellious lives and in the words of Jesus will observe The Ninevites rising up in judgement against you if you don’t change your attitude and demeanor. You probably like the king as we will see next time need to get up not as from the dead as Jonah did, but from your throne, take off your robe of rightness notice I didn't say righteousness. Get naked and ashamed and put on some commoners uncomfortable goat hair. That means you need to lower your expectations of what God can do in Gladstone and start understanding what God has already done by putting you in Gladstone and what he intends to do through you in Gladstone.
Unbeliever’s:
Maybe you just now coming to the realization I am a hot mess Ninevite. I’m one of the 66-103k lost persons of Gladstone. I believe everything you have just said but I need to believe in God. Let me begin by telling you what the authoritative Word of God teaches us to believe and put our faith, and confidence in.
That man was created glorious by God. However, sin corrupted the world through one man’s disobedience to God Words. That sin alienates mankind from God and is now is under condemnation requiring a blood sacrifice to atone for our sinfulness thus establishing a right relationship in order to re-united in His presence. But God dethroned Himself of His glory, became in the form of man named Jesus Christ. He, was born of a virgin, thus breaking the lineage of generational sin as written in Scripture, that he may be found without spot or blemish. Lived a sinless life on fallen humanities behalf as recorded in Scripture. Qualifying Him to be Gods perfect sacrifice and given the title “The Lamb of God.” He offered Himself to become our substitute regarding God’s wrath. His shed blood covers our sin, as he died on a cross, and was buried. God affirmed His death and burial as an acceptable sacrifice while making a future promise through His resurrection from death. That those who believe these truths might be born again and inherit eternal life.
Whats being born again you ask? Namely, that those whom understand their need of Salvation might repent of their sin, turn and trust in Jesus as their personal Savior, conquering death forever, having eternal security, and entering into the family of God as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Clinching element of persuasion:
It only took Jonah one day, and 5 Hebrew words to impact a city of 120,000 lost people. Surely the 9 of us can impact the 66-103k that are within 5 miles of this school. Make a commitment today to Spend 1/3 of your personal time to reach the city of Gladstone, with 8 words. Do you Know Jesus as your personal Savior? Then share the accountability of this burden with one another, by allowing our success stories to be posted on your family facebook page. Together we can encourage one another and build one another up while reaching the community God has placed us in to work.
As we pray.
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