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Let God be Magnified

Text: Jonah 4:1-3Jonah 4:1-3
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4 1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.  

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Gleaning life principles from the Book of Jonah

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The book of Exodus tells us that Moses received a very clear command from the Lord at the burning bush. God had called him to be a deliverer of His people, and instead of responding to the call, Moses offered excuses (fear, speech, incapable).

The book of Judges tells us that Gideon received a very clear command from the Lord while he was beating out the wheat at the wine press at Ophrah. God called Gideon to deliver His people from the oppression of the Midianites, but instead of responding to God’s call, Gideon offered excuses (fear, lack of family prominence, youngest child).

In the book of Jonah, we also find a servant of God running from the calling of God, only not simply through excuses, but through a naïve response, fleeing the presence of the Lord! In Jonah 1:1-2Jonah 1:1-2
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Jonah 1 1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Jonah: Gr. Jonas 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.  

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, the prophet receives a very clear calling to preach deliverance to Nineveh.

Jonah 4:1-3Jonah 4:1-3
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4 1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. 2 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. 3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.  

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tells us why Jonah fled.

  • Jonah knew that God delighted in mercy
  • Jonah knew that God was longsuffering
  • Jonah knew that if God was willing to spare the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for the sake of 10 righteous souls, He would most certainly spare Nineveh should the people repent.

Jonah did not disobey out fear, but he disobeyed because he was partial

  • Jonah fled because he knew God well
  • Jonah fled because he knew what kind of people the Assyrians were
  • Jonah hated the Assyrian people
  • The servant of the Lord is not free to choose his place of service
    • Jonah was a true prophet
      • Even though the Book of Jonah contains no prophetic message, it is still one of the minor prophetic books
      • Jesus refers to the Book of Jonah twice
      • Jonah was zealous for the Lord’s righteousness
        • Jonah understood God’s character
          • Jonah understood God’s grace and mercy
          • Being a Jew he was a member of God’s chosen people
          • Jonah understood God’s power
            • Jonah 1:8-9Jonah 1:8-9
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              8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? 9 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. the LORD: or, JEHOVAH  

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              – God controls nature
            • Jonah 2:7-9Jonah 2:7-9
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              7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8 They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 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.  

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              – God hears prayers
        • Jonah was a good man
          • He was passionate for God’s glory
          • G. Campbell Morgan said: “A passion for righteousness, which makes us vindictive and incapable of forgiveness, even in the case of those as cruel as Nineveh, puts us out of fellowship with God.”
        • Jonah was willing to go anywhere except to Nineveh
          • The servant of the Lord becomes disobedient if he limits God’s call to service with any exception clause.

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 4, 2013 Sermons

Text: Acts 16:1-12Acts 16:1-12
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16 1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem. 5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily. 6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. 11 Therefore loosing from Troas, we came with a straight course to Samothracia, and the next day to Neapolis; 12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. the chief: or, the first  

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Topic: Acts 16 depicts the active ministry of the Spirt of God in calling missionaries in his service.

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  • The Gospels detail the account of Christ and the gospel message
  • Acts tells us about the expansion of the gospel message throughout the known world
  • The Epistles teach us how to apply the gospel message to our spiritual living
  • The calling of the Spirit of God in Missions
    • God called Timothy into his service, and used Paul as an instrument in guding Timothy in doctrine (2 Timothy 1).
    • God begain perparing Timothy ‘s heart for his future ministry from the time of his salvation (2 Timothy 1:3-62 Timothy 1:3-6
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      3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; 4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; Greatly...: or, remembering thy tears, I greatly desire to see thee that 5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.  

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  • The leading of the Spirit in Missions
    • “The Spirit of God forbade them” (Acts 16:6-7Acts 16:6-7
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      6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.  

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    • The Spirit hindered/prevented Paul to go south into Asia Minor or north to Bithynia
    • The Spirit led Paul to Macedonia (Acts 16:8-10Acts 16:8-10
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      8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.  

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    • The Spirit of God makes his will clear to us and guides us in it when we submit to him
  • The success of the Spirit in Missions (Acts 16:27-34Acts 16:27-34
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    27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.  

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    • Lydia, the first convert in Europe
    • The conversion of the Prison keeper and his family
  • Pray that God would call his choice servants to missions
  • Pray that God would make his will in your life clear for personal missions
  • Pray for our Missions Conference and the missionaries serving the Lord
Posted by Pastor Yoder On October 11, 2009 Sermons

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