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Summary: Part 3 of a 3-part sermon. God rescued His mission from/out of Jonah’s obstinance. Thus a hampered mission of God must be rescued from our obstinance/indulgences. But how can it be done? 10 discoveries that can rescue God’s mission.

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A Hampered Mission requires...

RESCUING THE MISSION-III—Jonah 1:4-17

Rescue:

B—One day a college professor of Psychology was greeting his new college class. He stood up in front of the class & said, "Would everyone who thinks he or she is stupid please stand up?"

After a minute or so of silence, a young man stood up.

"Well, good morning. So, you actually think you’re a moron?" the professor asked.

The kid replied, "No sir, I just didn’t want to see you standing there all by yourself.

God must go to great lengths to rescue his mission as well.

Need:

God’s mission must be rescued from the pull of sin that so easily lures & sways us.

God rescued His mission from Jonah’s obstinance.

A hampered mission can be rescued.

What can be done to rescue God’s mission from sin/worldly/human disruption/corruption/indulgence?

10 discoveries that can rescue God’s mission.

A hampered mission can be rescued thru Awareness/Discovery of...

1. INTERVENTION(:4-5)

2. LIMITATION / Desperation(:5a)

3. PLIGHT of Others(:5b-6)

4. SOURCE(:7)

5. WORLDVIEW(:8-9)

6. SEPARATION(:10-11)

7—A hampered mission can be rescued/restored thru

Discovery of SOLUTION(:12-13)

Explanation:(:12-13)Removal

:12—“And he said to them, “Pick me up & throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.”

Removal of that which causes difficulty...

But...is our ‘solution’ short-sighted/limited?

:13—“Nevertheless the men rowed hard to return to land, but they could not, for the sea continued to grow more tempestuous against them.””

Secondary solution—... Avoidance, Denial, Overriding, Circumventing —thru fleshly means!

BECAUSE...A Moral dilemma existed—Jonah’s sacrifice.

Primary solution—Jonah’s acceptance of responsibility for God’s call.

—A hard choice.

The solution is tied directly to Jonah!

—Jonah’s decision played directly into God’s future solution for all of mankind in Jesus’ sacrifice.

Argumentation:

Rev. 3:8—“‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, & have kept My word, & have not denied My name.”

1Cor, 10:13—“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; & God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.”

Rev. 3:20—“Behold, I stand at the door & knock. If anyone hears My voice & opens the door, I will come in to him & dine with him, & he with Me.”

Illustration:

Teen-Pregnancy/Frightening/Man’s-Flesh’s solution—Abortion—quick, permanent, seemingly easy/God’s solution—Accept responsibility of parenthood/Discovery of SOLUTION

God convicts you regarding mission to a particular people/You surrender money—but it is never enough/You surrender time(short-term)—but it is not enough/God wants you completely!/Discovery of SOLUTION

?What SOLUTION honors God?

Application:

?Has Discovery/Awareness of SOLUTION rescued God’s mission?

?Is God able to rescue His mission from your sin?


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