As we know Jonah was commanded to go and preach to the Ninevites, Israel's worst enemies, so that they’ll be saved from destruction. But it almost seems like Jonah wanted to see the Ninevites destroyed, but God was compassionate towards them when they repented. The book ends with a theme that Salvation can be given to anyone who accepts God and repents. We should understand that God is not just a Creator but he is still creating and everyone in this world is part of his creation and they play their own unique role in the kingdom of God. Johannes Verkuyl says "If a person draws his lifeblood from the one greater than Jonah and yet declines to spread the Good News among others, he in effect is sabotaging the aims of God himself.
The expansion of Israel led followers to believe Jonah was a well-liked prophet and used the expansion as evidence God was on their side. The message for today’s church that Jonah inspires is to treat other people compassion and mercy. Jonah also inspires individuals in today’s church to follow God and do as he wants or there will be consequences. If you do as God wishes there will be rewards but if you don’t do as he pleases, repercussions will be in effect. Just as in the story of Jonah when he did not follow Gods demands his decisions lead them astray into the belly of the fish, modern day Christians feel like they can control their surroundings and their lives and only reach out to God when they are lead astray.
Christian thought and life should state things to culture that exhibit Christ’s revolutionary vision for all people Our choice today is between a prophetic religion and a culture religion, but we must be cautious about our emphases within culture. God changes things and we are His messengers. Our involvement is important, but it must be remembered that it is transitory. The hope of the Church rests on God for men; it does not rest on men, not even on religious
In this, other questions will be asked in which we can reply with the good news of Jesus. True evangelism with relationship and introduction at the center is found in this way. Once again, notice that development and Christian witness go side by side. And as people come to know Jesus, we don’t just stop there. We walk with them to become true disciples of Christ who are in turn taking the torch to also act on behalf of their neighbors and witnessing the transformation that God has made in their life through deed, word, sign and
This was a man whose family history made him unlikely to receive Paul warmly! b. I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you: Paul is happy to speak before Agrippa. First, because he is pleased to have the evidence of his case examined closely by the highest officials, but also because he is pleased to preach the gospel to kings! i. This was a partial fulfillment of what the Lord promised Paul at his conversion: Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles,
Every man, woman, and child has a purpose. Some find their purpose early in life and others spend their life searching endlessly to never find it. With a specific individual, however, God personally reshaped their life for the good and made an example of how He can do glorious work to even the most questionable people. After years of rebelling, God saved the man who became the Apostle Paul and his purpose was simple, he was to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to the Gentiles. Paul than did just that, he set out and spent years bringing the news of Jesus and the Glory of God to the Gentiles.
We and our land cannot wait another day. *-* Father, as you implored of Solomon, may we seek your face and pray to you, dear Lord, to forgive our sins and heal our land without further delay. Good Work Habits He will render to each one according to his works." Romans 2:6 ESV I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. —Thomas
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells us to, “Go and make disciples of all nations”. God wants us to share our Christian faith with copious amounts of people all over the world through our words, actions, and prayers. After you talk to someone about their faith you can pray that what you shared will convince them to come to Jesus. You can pray that God will guide the missionary groups who are fulfilling their duties to God in other parts of the world. Whatever you are doing, do it consistent with what God wants, as you never know how you are going to influence somebody.
I had surrendered everything to God, I was feeling like I had remained in the wilderness longer than Moses, and the Hebrew children, but I was there with God instructing me and revealing things of life to pass along though those who choose life. I learned that fasting and praying at all times would deliver me all the way. Afterwards, the journey that God assigned me the task of is so vast that I decided that I would explain in writing of my experience with him and to deliver to the world his messages of salvation, as well as, an open door free of charge to the Holy Grace of GOD. There’s healing for the sick of mind and soul, for the misguided, disenfranchised, resented, repented, different, and the
I have committed to serve at Inland Hills Church every Sunday. It has impacted me by seeing the little kids grow up just before my eyes. I love it when I can make a difference in just a little thing I say talking about the love Jesus gives us. Some little kids don’t know who Jesus is or what Jesus did and I love being given the opportunity to pour all that I have into these kids. I believe that God has shown me a way to express my love to kids I don't even know yet, but by doing so it also helps my relationship with God.