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May 11, 2018, 9:27 AM

Angry Believers, the Story of Jonah

Church Family,

I’m guilty. I need to share the gospel more often. There are many reasons that we don’t share the gospel as freely as we should. Yet, there is no other message as powerful and true as the gospel, that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day.

Jonah 3:1-2 Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”

What is so confusing about the story of Jonah is the reaction of Jonah when the people repent.

Jonah 4:1-4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4And the LORD said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

God has blessed our city with a great revival recently, but not everyone was happy about it. Sadly, I didn’t hear one lost person complain, but I did hear several believers. The saving of a soul is no small feat.

I mean look at the temper tantrum Jonah throws:

V2 “is this not what I said”…… “this is why”  (His arrogance is so great that he attempts to justify his disobedience with the claim to knows better than God).

Do you celebrate the gospel, share the gospel, or allow your future telling skills to hold the gospel back? Does your church?

V3 Take my life from me! Oh, that we would rather give our life to advance the gospel rather than ask God to spare us from the joy of the change that comes with the gospel.

Are you a reluctant follower of Christ? Does your wisdom begin with the worst that could happen or with what God could do through your faithfulness?  I often ask whether I am more afraid of losing people or losing God? Count the cost, start by realizing that God’s presence(which Jonah is fleeing from ch1) is the 1 thing you can’t afford to lose. Are you leaving the 99 for the 1 or are you happy with the 99 and willing to let the 1 go to Hell?


  1. Sunday is Mother’s Day!
  2. Sunday we are dedicating 7 children. This will be at the very beginning of the 11am service.
  3. Graduates please sign up for the June 3rd graduate service by this Sunday.
  4. May 20th we will begin prayer walking a nearby neighborhood at 5:30pm

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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