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Jonah Series

How To Save A City

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | April 16, 1978

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Jonah 3 records one of the greatest missionary miracles in history. After Jonah disobeyed and ran from his assigned mission, God gave him a second chance to go to Nineveh and call the entire city to repentance. Jonah’s message to the city of Nineveh points to the even greater message of Jesus who calls the whole world to repent.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Jonah 3 is the greatest missionary miracle.

God gave Jonah a second chance to do His work.

The will of God is a living relationship.

Five factors involved in this miracle of the repentance of an entire city:

-       A great city

  • Nineveh and its suburbs formed a 60-mile radius.
  • Nineveh was also a city of great sin.
  • God showed great kindness to the city.

-       A great concern

  • God sent Jonah to Nineveh against Jonah’s will.
  • God was concerned for the people of the city, so He sent Jonah.

-       A great commission

  • God sent one man without any of today’s technology to share the Gospel with an entire city.
  • God called Jonah to Nineveh and gave him the message to share, and Jonah could find assurance in that.

-       A great change

  • Repenting means changing your mind.
  • Jonah, God, and Nineveh all repented.
  • Jonah changed his mind about obeying God.
  • God never changes His nature, but He changed His actions toward Nineveh.
  • Fear of punishment sent Nineveh back to God and it changed their will toward sin and repentance.

-       A great condemnation

  • Nineveh is a sign for all other cities in their sin, condemnation, and opportunity for repentance.
  • Jesus was greater than Jonah in His attitude, message, and sacrifice.

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