February 02, 2020 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1943
#1 in series
Children Go Where I Send Thee
OUR BENT TO RESIST GOD
The story of Jonah is one of those books we're very familiar with, but most of what we know is contained in only a few verses. We know about Jonah and the sh. But what about the rest of the story? Jonah is an honest look at a prophet who was asked by God to share the gospel with a group of people he hated. He was all in favor of God judging them, but he resented the fact that God might save them. What do you do when God's call makes you uncomfortable? What do you do when God changes the paradigm, challenges the status quo, and stretches you out of your comfort zone? There are times when God pushes us in a direction we don't like. We want God in our image – a god who thinks like us – but that's not the God of the Scriptures. In these four messages, we will look at Jonah's struggles with God's call and, at the same time, see ourselves in the mirror. We have the same struggles, doubts, fears, and issues. Until we face them, we are running in the wrong direction.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
In this series we're going to study the Old Testament prophet, Jonah. Most of us, especially those who grew up in the church, have been familiar with the story of Jonah and the sh since we were children. We think we know it, but do we understand it? Do we know how it applies to us today?
I. WHEN GOD SPEAKS, OBEY
“It was this nation that was the object of God's missionary outreach.” - Tim Keller
“Men have been looking so hard at the great sh that they have failed to see the great God.” – G. Campbell Morgan
II. WHEN GOD SPEAKS, WE TEND TO TURN A DEAF EAR
Leslie Allen points out in his commentary that Jonah was a prophet who supported King Jeroboam’s military policies to strengthen Israel against Assyria – and that the original readers of Jonah would have known Jonah as a patriotic, highly partisan nationalist.
III. WHEN GOD CALLS, HE OFTEN CALLS US TO HARD PLACES