Summary: This sermon is designed to help you understand that God is everywhere, and if he gives us a command, we should follow.
Text Jonah 1:1-3 (NIV)
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Ammitia Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it because its wickedness has come up before me. But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish 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.
Subject: You can run, but you can’t hide.
Introduction: God speaks to us and gives us commands. But, it’s up to follow the voice of God. But, when we don’t we must face the consequences that follow. Remember that God is omnipresent, that means he is everywhere at the same time. God knows our every move. So no matter what the situation we can’t hide from God. He is in control.
Transitional Phrase: Today I would like us to examine the text and understand how God would like us to listen to his commands and not run away. We all have a c all to answer, this is Jonah’s call.
Point 1. We can’t hide from God.
Point 2. God is in control.
The first point I want to make is . We can’t hide from God. You see he is everywhere and knows everything. It is futile to try to hide from him. We can hide from Pastor, we can hide from our spouses, we can hide from our children, and we can hide from our bosses, but, we can’t hide from God. Remember when we were children we used to play the game hide n seek, and the object is to hide where no one can find you. Well, you can’t play that game with God, because he is everywhere, in fact he’s knows your secrets better than you do. You see Jonah tried to play hide and seek with God, but it didn’t work. Jonah had a job to do that he didn’t’/t want to do. So he ran and he tried to hide from, and he got himself into a world of trouble.
Have you ever been given a job to do that you really didn’t want to do? Well today I summit to you, you acted like Jonah. We all have that feeling some time or another. Sometimes, I feel that way. It is hard trying to keep people happy and sometimes it gets frustrating, but I am trying to not be a people person, if I can just please God, I am not worried about the people, because no matter what you do for some people it will never be enough. Well, Jonah was given a job to do by God. But, he didn’t want to do it. Good told Jonah to go down to Ninevah and preach to those people but, Jonah had a problem. Why? I am glad that you asked. Because he was being selfish. You see Jonah didn’t think the people in Ninevah deserved to be saved, because of their wickedness. So, he decided that he wasn’t going to deliver the message that god told him to. He was going to do his own thing. Jonah is an example of an attempt to evade God’s summon. Jo nah was sent on a mission. Jonah is told to go. I want to compare that with the great commission that’s found in Matthew 28:19. It reads: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. So you se god Commanded Jonah as he is still commanding us. (As you go) explain