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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Task that Must be Done

JONAH: An Inescapable Mission
The Task that Must be Done
 1 John 2:3 (NKJV) 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 

Scripture Text: Jonah 3:1-10


First, we must be Attentive to the Mandate of God. Jonah 3:1-2

Jonah 3:1–2 (NIV) 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.”

 Cf. Jonah 1:1–2 
Our God is a God of second chance. cf. 2 Timothy 4:11 

 ILLUSTRATION: Roy Riegels and the 1929 Rose Bowl championship football game between Georgia Tech and the University of California.

Second, we must Actualize the Message of God. Jonah 3:3-4

Jonah 3:3–4 (NIV) Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”

 “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”—Oscar Wilde

 The usual length of a day’s journey in the East, on camel or horseback, in six or eight hours, is about 25 or 30 miles.”--Easton's Bible Dictionary

The significance of Number 40. cf. Genesis 7:17; exodus 24:18; 1 Kings 19:8; Matthew 4:2.

1 John 2:3 (NKJV) 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

Third, we must Abdicate the outcome of the Mission to God. Jonah 3:5-10

Jonah 3:5–10 

SACKCLOTH --a garment… "worn as a sign of mourning or anguish. It was also marked by fasting and sitting on an ash heap”

ASHES associated with sacrifices, mourning, and fasting. Grief, humiliation, and repentance

 John 6:44 
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

cf. Jeremiah 18:7–8 


Have you failed God lately?

Return to him. He still loves you.