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Nov 18, 2018

Jonah...The Reluctant Missionary (1)

Passage: Jonah 1:1-4

Preacher: Randy Johns

Series: Sermons

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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.

Outline:

  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.