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Jonah Series

A Worm's Eye View Of Missions

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | April 23, 1978

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Was Jonah a good missionary? He was called by God and the result of his mission saw all of Nineveh repent. However, if you asked Jonah’s companions if he was a good missionary candidate, they’d tell you he’d flunk.

God had Jonah’s mind, body, and will, but He still wanted Jonah’s heart. Where is your heart as you view God’s call for our life?

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

Consider Jonah as a missionary candidate.

Three witnesses of Jonah as a missionary:

-       The witness of Jonah’s credentials

  • Jonah was called by God, knew theology, prayed to God, could quote Scripture, and knew how to die to self.
  • Jonah’s preaching brought results in Nineveh when the whole city repented.
  • On the outside, Jonah had all the qualifications of a good missionary, but he was still a failure.
  • We have the wrong measuring stick if we do not ask about a persons’ love for the people they are going to minister to.
  • So many people have good theology but bad attitudes.

-       The witness of Jonah’s companions

  • The sailors knew Jonah as a troublemaker because he was outside of the will of God.
  • After Nineveh was spared Jonah was angry.
  • Jonah’s prayers were selfish.

-       The witness of Jonah’s Creator

  • Jonah obeyed God outwardly but not inwardly.
  • We are called to obey the will of God from our hearts, not because we have to.
  • God doesn’t give up on us even when we fail to obey Him with our hearts.
  • Jonah still had more lessons to learn, and this time God taught Jonah personally and delicately.
  • Jonah had to learn how to love lost souls.
  • God had Jonah’s mind, body, and will, but He still wanted Jonah’s heart.

According to his credentials, Jonah is the best candidate, but according to his companions he flunked.

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