Sermon: “On the Way to Nineveh”
Theme: The sin of Jonah was to treasure his resentment more than God.
Purpose: We become aware of how we justify our hostility and resentment in place of faithfulness to God.
Scriptures: Jonah 1:1-6, 1:15-2:10 Jonah is swallowed up by the Whale and spewed out.
Matthew 7:21-23 Some will say they are faithful but will not act in the knowledge of God.
What is the difference between having “strong convictions” and being stubborn? Jonah’s prejudice against the people of Nineveh got in the way of his relationship with God. Do we ever do that? Are there times when our unforgiveness, prejudice, or other grudges make want to defy God’s direction to us? Why did God use such extreme means to return Jonah to the path He had set for Jonah? Was that for the benefit of Jonah or for the Ninevites? Why did God choose Jonah even though God knew Jonah hated the people of Nineveh? Are there ever times God will call us to go or do things so that our attitudes will be changed?