Giving Our Lives to God!
Expository sermon outline on the book of JONAH
We must trust that
God has our ultimate good in mind.
Song of Invitation:
#702; Trust and Obey
I. His name means "dove."
man of "peace."
much of a person of peace am I?
1. It is easy to criticize Jonah.
2. Am I as critical with myself on issues of peace with my
II. Lived and worked in Judah (the Northern
[2 Kings 14: 25
the reign of Jeroboam II (790-750 B.C.)
was a very nasty king, but Jonah had his goal set in his mind.
III. Nineveh was the political capital of
population was 120,000.
were famous idol worshipers.
were renounced for their cruelty to Prisoners of War.
IV. Halley's Bible Handbook states that Joppa,
where Jonah embarked in order
to avoid preaching
to another nation, was the very place which God chose
later to tell Peter to receive men of other nations
was not ready for the responsibility at first.
3 day sojourn in the belly of a big fish symbolized a tomb.
V. Just as Jonah was in the whale for 3 days,
Jesus Christ was in His tomb
for 3 days.
is the buried and risen Son of man, and One greater than Jonah.
Christ spoke of Jonah.
I. Jonah runs from God.
[1: 1-4, 7, 15, 17]
can run from God.
[Ps. 139: 7-12]
God's providential care for His messengers.
Christ could not and would not run from His responsibility.
II. Jonah runs to God.
[2: 1, 4, 6]
showed Jonah's repentant heart.
1. He had a change of mind/heart.
2. He actively prayed.
acknowledged that his punishment was from God.
had the maturity to turn back and not be fickle towards God.
1. How many of us would have this dept of spiritual maturity?
2. How many of us would make excuses NOT to continue working
literal humiliation brought repentance.
III. Jonah ran with God.
[3: 1-5, 9-10]
is interested in the lost.
1. If must decide to repent and turn to Him.
2. He will give us another chance to do His will.
is a just and merciful.
[Jer. 18: 7-10]
believed that God keeps His promises.
IV. Jonah ran ahead of God.
[4: 1-2, 6-11]
was angry with God's compassion with Gentiles/Ninevites.
1. God said that Jonah had NO right to be angry.
2. The old brother in the Prodigal Son had this attitude.
we look at others in the world do we see people who are dying
spiritually or do we just see people who "do not go to church?"
[Rom 9: 2-3]
is just as concerned about the salvation of our worldly, Godless
neighbors, as He is with our salvation!
we are angry with the successes of others, it is misplaced priorities
within our own minds that cause the anguish.
[Ps. 37: 3, 5, 7]
works for good, for those who are patient!
[Rom. 8: 28]
I. Its audience is to Christians and non-Christians.
all need to be saved.
book shows God's mercy and forgiveness.
[Mt. 12: 39-40]
II. It is impossible to hide from God.
He knows everything about me,
even if I could
fool others by my acts, I will never fool God.
[Gen. 3: 8, Ps.
III. The plant illustration is given so that
men will realize that people are more
IV. God also was trying to show Jonah that
sometimes we take His gifts for
do not appreciate them until they have been taken away. [4: 6-8]
V. If we allow God to do everything with our
ultimate good in mind, it will help
us NOT to be angry
or resentful when events in our own lives frustrate us.
I. Running away will from Him
get us farther away from Him and His purpose
II. Running to Him is the only direction
III. Running with Him is fulfilling.
IV. Running ahead of Him is human, but possible
V. Running with His plan of salvation
in mind is the ONLY running really
requires giving our whole life to Him!
rewards are everlasting.
[Rev. 2: 10]
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