Jonah Part 2: Jonah Says No!

Jonah 1:3
But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.

What Kills Our Heart For Mission (Part 1)
1. Sin - Jonah is Sinful not Silly.
Jonah is acting rebelliously when he refuses to go on mission. Sin is rebellion towards God, we behaving like we know better than God in word or deed. Sin kills mission. Sin and rebellion is the ultimate disease of missional hearts. Here are some more particular sinful attitudes:

2. Idolatry
Often,not that we believe in other gods, but that we believe God to be something other than what he is. We tried to see a clear picture of God on mission last week. From start to finish we see a God who Seeks, Speaks, Serves, Saves and Sends.

3. Fear
Fear can cripple us. Jonah is sent into the heart of enemy territory, he might be frightened, forgetting that God goes ahead of him. We need to remember that God calls us again and again to FEAR NOT (eg. Acts 18:9-10) ★ ★ What fears do you have when hearing God’s call to go? How can a clear picture of God help address these fears?

4. Prejudice
Jonah doesn’t want God to relent from sending his judgment upon the enemies. We are often prejudiced when we decide that people will not respond to the message, so we don’t bother telling them. Look at Romans 1:14-16. ★ ★ Read Romans 1:14 -16 consider the “I am” sayings of Paul. What does he say? How does Paul’s attitude help you? How might it help you pray?

5. Pride
Jonah forgets his own need for God’s grace. He is blinded by his own self righteousness and forgets that all his hope and salvation comes from God. ★ Pray - Repent, by turning to the gospel, the work of Jesus alone for our rescue. Ask God to turn our hearts toward him in mission and service!

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