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Nov 18, 2018

Jonah...The Reluctant Missionary (1)

Passage: Jonah 1:1-4

Preacher: Randy Johns

Series: Sermons


Jonah...The Reluctant Missionary

“9 Reasons Christians Don’t Evangelize”  Chuck Lawless

Why are we reluctant to do evangelism?

Four approaches:

  1. It concerns repentance.
  2. It contrasts God’s justice vs. God’s mercy.
  3. It criticizes Jonah’s stubborn refusal to prophesy against Nineveh.
  4. It corrects Jewish attitudes toward Gentiles.


  1. Running from God: Protesting (Jonah 1)
  2. Running to God: Praying (Jonah 2)
  3. Running with God: Preaching (Jonah 3)
  4. Running ahead of God: Pouting (Jonah 4)


Points to ponder:

  1. Evangelism is at stake! (1:1)
  2. If God says, “Go” don’t say, “No.” (1:3)
  3. The Presence we flee is the Presence we need.
  4. Jonah’s struggle with God endangered others. (1:4)
  5. Jonah’s deep sleep below the deck of the ship reveals his indifference to the assigned task.