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May 9, 2018, 7:16 AM

They Deserve Hell, not the Gospel


Church Family,

Jonah 1:1-3 Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD

What is the story of Jonah about? God has called one of his people, who was created to go and tell about Him, to go and tell the enemy about God. What is the issue with Jonah?

He believes the Ninevites are unworthy of the Gospel or is it deeper? Does it have anything to do with the Ninevites? Isn’t it a matter of his view of God and not the people? I mean at what point are the Ninevites worthy of the gospel or unworthy? The truth is that our reluctance to obey God and share the gospel has little to nothing to do with the people we are unwilling to share with. It has to do with his/our view of God as being unworthy of being shared, unable to save, or causing shame to Jonah’s reputation.

What is your response to the call that God has placed on your life? Do you like Jonah, consider it to be optional?

Can I encourage you with this verse as well, Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

God does not remove His calling on your life. If He has saved you, then He has gifted you to help accomplish the calling He has on your life. I’ve never read of or met a believer whose calling was to not share the gospel.

If you are still unwilling to follow God’s call, please study this passage. See how it causes damage to the lives of those around him, but don’t forget to see the God of grace who pursued Jonah.

Reminders:

  1. Prayer Meeting Tonight at 7pm.
  2. Mother’s Day Celebration this Sunday. We have 7 babies signed up to be dedicated, Praise the Lord!

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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