I want to thank you for continuing with me in this series,THE GREAT COMMISSION’. This is the concluding part. To give you a recap. The story started by identifying 3 Principles applied by God when He was commissioning Jonah into his evangelistic ministry. They are; GOD SPEAKS A WORD, GOD GIVES A DIRECTION and GOD GIVES A SERMON.
Today I will be talking on, ‘GOD GIVES A SERMON’. Please check my previous posts on this series, to have a better understanding of the whole teachings.
We can see from the book of Jonah chapter 1 verse 2, what the SERMON was.
Jonah 1: 2 . “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
The message God gave him was for him to preach against the wickedness of this Nation called Nineveh. In other words, God wants then to repent. Their ways were wicked and He wanted them to turn from their evil ways. The message was a message of repentance! The message is still the same today. Previously we have established the fact that God doesn’t want the sinners to die in their sins. It will interest us to know that in God’s eyes, He sees sinners as being wicked. They are wicked in their ways and actions. Any unsaved person has the propensity to do evil.
Eze 18: 21. But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what be just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die.
Jonah 3: 1-2. Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
Acts 4:12 . ”Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved”.
Mark 5:19. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
Acts 1: 8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
In conclusion, the story of Jonah ended in a good way because he repented from his initial disobedience to his assignment. By so doing, God forgave him and gave him the second chance. He fulfilled his ministry. If you have not been faithful in evangelizing your world, the fact that you are still alive, you still have the second chance of putting things right.
May God grant you and me the grace to be more committed in this assignment called, ”THE GREAT COMMISSION”
Note: All scriptures used are from New International Version.