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Preacher: Pastor Tony Simpson. Passage: Jonah 1 vv1-3. Jonah received a clear command from the Lord to go to Nineveh to preach to them. Yet he not only did not go to Nineveh but he also ran away in the opposite direction. Jonah's disobedience is both foolish and dangerous and are the complete opposite of the great Prophet, the Lord Jesus Christ, who always did as His Father commanded.
In 1:5-16, Paul explains why Titus’ appointment of qualified leadership (vv. 5-9) and opposition to unqualified leadership (vv. 10-16) in the Cretan churches is so important, namely because there are many false teachers in Crete turning people away from the centrality of the gospel (1:11, 14). In order to help Titus and the churches recognize and oppose ungodly leadership, Paul gives 12 characteristics of false teachers and 2 action steps to take in order to prevent them from harming the church.
Who you are is shown by your heart. Jesus did not come to condemn anybody. Jesus came to change us. Why does somebody call Jesus "Lord", and does not change his ways. This person is changed on the outside for appearance but his heart is still sinful.
Obeying God is better than sacrifice. Saul disobeys God to appease men. When confronted by Samuel, Saul shifts the blame. Saul's kingship is taken from him.
In Jonah's disobedience to God, we see a picture of ourselves. Not only does our sin hurt us, it harms others as well. Will we learn from Jonah's mistakes? Or will we face the dangers of disobedience?
God is eager to carry out His mission - to restore all things, to reconcile the lost and He enlists His people in this great work. God is eager to show grace to those who "don't know their left hand from their right hand." However, Jonah did not share God's mission; Jonah did not share God’s eagerness. He was a reluctant participant in God's mission to the much hated and despised Ninevites. What can we learn from this reluctant missionary?
The Spirit brings us before the mirror of the Word and exposes our spiritual faults as the issues of the heart are exposed. Such painful discoveries lead to the path of heavy burdens lifted and relational intimacies returned. But if we don’t come before the mirror, we will inevitably experience: THE CONSEQUENCES OF DELAYING HEART SURGERY