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Sunday AM Remix – 9.04.11

September 10, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Jonah: When You Don’t Want To Go

* Jonah is a reluctant Hero: A person God calls, but who reluctantly went.
* 2 Reasons why Jonah is literal

** Because of the Resurrection
** Because Jesus says so.

* The book of Jonah isn’t as much about a fish (mentioned 4x) or of Jonah (mentioned 18x) but about God (mentioned 38x).

* Nineveh – very mean people who caused others to be terrified and even commit suicide if the town heard the Ninevites were coming.

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.” Matthew 12:40-41 (NKJV)

* When we refuse to share Christ we have the Jonah attitude.



“The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 ‘Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.'” Jonah 1:1-2 (NLT)

“But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.” Jonah 1:3 (NLT)

* Jonah was a racist and realist that doesn’t want to go where the Lord is telling him to go.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (NKJV)

“As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’ 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”
Romans 10:11-13 (NIV)

* These are the only 2 cities mentioned in the book of Jonah and represent these 2 realities

* Nineveh = The Will of God

* Tar-shish = The Will of Man


* Our sin is either paid for by the cross of Christ or by us in Hell.

* Sin will take you further than you want to go, teach you more than you wanted to know, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to spend.

“‘Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.'” Jonah 1:2 (NLT)

* Sin affects more than Just you. It affects every part of your life!

“Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.” Jonah 1:17 (NLT)

* Disobedience always brings Discipline.

“He said,  ‘I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and Lord, you heard me!'” Jonah 2:2 (NLT)

* The word dead here is the Hebrew word Sheol. Sheol in Hebrew = Hell.

* If we would get a glimpse of what Hell is really like … we would share more passionately!


* TRUTH: Some of our best prayers happen in the valley not on the mountain.

* TRUTH: There is a time when God’s patience runs out.

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.” Jonah 2:1 (NLT)

“Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time:” Jonah 3:1 (NLT)

“On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: ‘Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!'” Jonah 3:4 (NLT)

* FACT: One of Nineveh’s god’s was a fish. When Jonah is spit up on the beach by a giant fish, you know the word traveled fast!

* TRUTH: God always prepares people for the message they hear.


“The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow.” Jonah 3:5 (NLT)

“When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.” Jonah 3:10 (NLT)

* There is no forgiveness for being sorry!!!! Forgiveness only happens with repentance!

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

* Jonah 3:10 and 2 Peter 3:9 shows the true heart of God.


* Too many refuse to share the Good News … BE DIFFERENT!!!

* Be different in the things you say, the way you act, and things you stand for.

“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.2 So he complained to the Lord about it: ‘Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. 3 Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.'”
Jonah 4:1-3 (NLT)

* Many of us are guilty of misguided emotion.

* QUESTION: What circumstances have caused me to be angry at the wrong things?

TRUTH: You can tell a lot about a person by what they laugh at, cry about, and get angry over.

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14 (NLT)

What a great way to end this series!!! If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service from our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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