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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 2017 SERMONS

  

NOVEMBER 5, 2017

 

NO PLACE TO HIDE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 139:7-12

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jonah 1:3 [ui

 

   But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

 

INTRO: Little Girl in Public School

 

   Have you ever tried to run away from home?

 

   Have you ever tried to run away from God?

 

NOTE: The story of Jonah is found in the three major religions; Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

 

   The story in Islam portrays the Islam point of view.

 

I. THE CALL OF JONAH

 

   Who is Jonah?

 

   2 Kings 14:25 (NLT) Jeroboam II recovered the territories of Israel between Lebo-hamath and the Dead Sea, just as the Lord, the God of Israel, had promised through Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath-hepher.

 

   At the time of Jeroboam II, Israel was at the height of its military power, but was low in its spiritual relationship with God. 

 

   His contemporaries were Amos and Hosea, who were also called to warn the people of God’s coming judgment unless they repented.

 

   Jonah was called to go to Nineveh and pronounce God’s judgment against that wicked city.

 

   Who were the Ninevites?

 

   In the days of Jonah, the Assyrians were a dominant economic power; The Assyrians were also a major military power known as a cruel, violent, and wicked people.

 

   Archaeology confirms the biblical witness to the wickedness of the Assyrians. They were well known in the ancient world for brutality and cruelty.

 

   It was located across the Tigris from present day Mogul

 

NOTE: The ability to repent and be forgiven by God is the Theme of Jonah.

 

II. JONAH’S RESPONSE

 

   A. JONAH CHOSE TO REJECT GOD’S COMMISSION AND REFUSED TO OBEY HIS CALL.

 

Jonah 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

 

   We all are given the same choice, obey the command of God or reject His call.

 

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

 

NOTE: The downward spiral of Jonah’s decision:

 

  • Down to Tarsish Jonah 1:3a

  • Down into the ship Jonah 1:3b

  • Down into the side of the ship Jonah 1:5

  • Down into the sea Jonah 1:15

  • Down into belly of the fish Jonah 1:17

 

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

 

   The downward way is commonly broad and smooth for a time.

 

   For a time the Lord allowed him to have his way.

 

   Occasion for sin is no Divine warrant to sin.

 

   Here we see that a man may be strangely favored by circumstances, which is in open rebellion against God.

 

   He was “Blessed” with a ship headed for Tarshish most likely (Tartessus) of Spain, one of the nation’s major seaports. Tarshish was approximately 2,500 miles west, which represented the farthest point of the world to which Jonah could flee.

 

   B. HE PAID THE FARE

 

NOTE: He paid his fare in a very expensive sense.

 

   Jonah’s rebellion brought very serious results, the same as our rebellion from God.

 

   Sin’s pleasures, sin’s fashions, sin’s companions, sin’s vanities are all enormously expensive.

 

   The success of the wicked is but momentary.

 

   Obedience is wealth; disobedience is expensive.

 

   Part of the fare was the withdrawal of Jehovah’s presence.

 

   C. HE FELL ASLEEP

 

Jonah 1:5c ... But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

 

NOTE: He falls asleep. He is tired out. No obstacles have been placed in his way. It seems as if everything had been providentially arranged. Yes, Jonah, thou sleepest, but God sleeps not.

 

III. GOD’S RESPONSE TO JONAH’S RESPONSE.

 

Jonah 1:4-5a But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them...  

 

NOTE: Jonah’s disobedience had the potential of great consequences not only to Jonah but also to:

 

  • The sailors on the ship

 

    • They lost the cargo of the ship. (Loss of money)

    • They almost lost their lives

  

  • The Ninevites

 

    • Would have experienced God’s judgment without an opportunity to experience God’s mercy.

 

   A. JONAH’S CONFESSION

 

Jonah 1:9-10 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

 

   B. JONAH WAS CAST INTO THE SEA

 

Jonah 1:15-17 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging. Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows. Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

 

CONCLUSION: There is no place we can hide from God.

 

Jeremiah 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 19, 2017

 

THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCES

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Jonah 3:1-10

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jonah 3:8-9 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger that we perish not?

 

NOTE: Have you ever wanted a second chance?

 

   That’s what Salvation is all about, getting a second chance.

 

   We have made a real mess of our life, but God comes along and offers us a second chance.

 

   The Bible is filled with those whom God has given a second chance.

 

·         Abraham & Ismael

·         David & Bathsheba

·         Peter & his denial

·         Saul & his persecution of the Church

 

   The book of Jonah is all about God’s willingness to forgive those who truly repent.

 

·         God gave Jonah a second chance

·         God gave the Ninevites a second chance

 

I. JONAH’S SECOND CHANCE

 

NOTE: Jonah had repented for his rebellion and agreed to fulfil his promise to God.

 

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

 

   A. GOD RENEWED HIS CALL TO JONAH

 

Jonah 3:1-2 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

 

   B. JONAH IS INSTRUCTED TO PREACH ONLY WHAT GOD TELLS HIM TO SAY

 

NOTE: Above all, Jonah was not to state his own personal thoughts or opinions, nor those of anyone else. He was to preach only the message of God—the Word of God itself—to the Ninevites.

 

   God gives a stern warning to those who seek to preach His Word.

 

Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

 

Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 

NOTE: There are those who corrupt God’s message by speaking their own

 

Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

 

   C. JONAH OBEYED GOD’S CALL

 

Jonah 3:3-4 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

 

   It was a message of judgment, and yet, underlying it, as Jonah easily perceived, was a message of mercy

 

II. THE NINEVITES RESPONSE

 

Jonah 3:5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

 

NOTE: The Ninevites were wicked and evil people, but God still loved them.

 

   A. GOD WOULD RATHER FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS THAN TO BRING JUDGMENT

 

Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

 

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

 

   The entire city repented of their sins and sought God’s forgiveness

 

   B. THE NINEVITES GAVE TRUE REPENTANCE

 

Luke 3:8 (GW) Do those things that prove that you have turned to God and have changed the way you think and act. Don't say, ‘Abraham is our ancestor.' I guarantee that God can raise up descendants for Abraham from these stones.

 

   There are those who have no understanding of the awfulness of sin or the holiness of God.

 

   Before we can have true repentance we must recognize and acknowledge our sin

 

Jonah 3:6-8 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

 

   The king set the example for the rest to follow

 

   Their repentance was shown in different ways

 

·         Sackcloth

·         Sitting in ashes

·         Did not eat anything

·         Did not drink anything

·         They were to pray

·         Turn from their evil ways.

 

   They put their trust in God being merciful to them

 

Jonah 3:9 (NIV) Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."

 

III. GOD’S RESPONSE TO THE NINEVITES REPENTANCE

 

Jonah 3:10 (NIV) When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.

 

CONCLUSION: God invites everyone to repent and accept His forgiveness

 

Acts 3:19 (BBE) So then, let your hearts be changed and be turned to God, so that your sins may be completely taken away, and times of blessing may come from the Lord;

 

 

 

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