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  • Part 04 - by Mike Emslie
    rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents And then the same thing is hinted at when Jesus ends off the parable of the lost son in 15 32 we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again he was lost and is found And remember that these parables were told to the leaders of Israel who were still thinking like Jonah had thought 15 1 2 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear him But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered This man welcomes sinners and eats with them Imagine a scale Slide Unpack where would you put yourself on the scale So I don t know where you would have put yourself but I imagine that many of us do feel that we have a concern for the lost So to help clarify answer this question What are you doing about the lost Now don t think about all the excuses for not doing something Jonah also had all his excuses simply ask yourself What am I doing We might want to look down on Jonah for being so heartless for not wanting the Ninevites to be saved For being more passionate about his own personal comfort than the salvation of others But how different are we really If we are not actively doing something to express our concern for the lost we are no better than Jonah So Let me give you some worthwhile actions to express a concern for the lost Or at least to start developing a concern And let s just be clear God wants us to have a concern for the lost like Him It s the reason Jonah is in our Bibles It s one of the main reasons we have a Bible It s the reason Jesus our Lord came to earth The great commission He left us His vision for us is all about that and should govern our lives So here are some worthwhile actions Let s constantly remind ourselves of the salvation we have in Christ And as we do that let s pray that God will stir up in us a passion for others to experience that same salvation Jonah understood that salvation 2 8 9 and yet it didn t move him to want that for others We don t want to be like Jonah Let s pray for people that we know who are not Christians yet that God would save them Pray regularly and specifically for individuals we know Let s support gospel opportunities at St Matthews God creates these opportunities at your church specifically that you can use them for the salvation of the lost Support them by attending them and inviting someone to attend with you Because our preaching at St Matthews is so Christ centred you could invite them to any given Sunday But there are some coming

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  • Part 03 - by Mike Emslie
    sinfulness before God They express their sorrow at their sinfulness Their sorrow translates into action And that is exactly the way anyone becomes a Christian today too We have to acknowledge our sin unpack before God If we don t think we are sinful we won t see the need for forgiveness and salvation We won t see the need for the Saviour God sent We will turn away from God not to God We must be sorry for our sinfulness There are many people who are more than willing to acknowledge that they are sinful but there is no sorrow for sin They just don t care or try to justify it And then there has to be action a right response to God Action like trusting only in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin and asking Him for that forgiveness asking Him for that salvation But back to the Ninevites what an amazing response from the Ninevites to God 120 000 people Only 3000 at Pentecost But actually that is not the most amazing thing about this chapter The most amazing thing is 3 10 The most amazing thing is that God had compassion on them God was under no obligation to have compassion on them They deserved their judgement God would have been seen as a completely just judge if He had destroyed the whole city Their own king clearly knew that 3 8b 9 They had wondered now they knew The most amazing thing about the book of Jonah is not Jonah being swallowed by a fish and surviving for 3 days in there it s not even the fact that about 120 000 people turned to God The most amazing thing is that such a glorious and holy God forgives and has compassion on such evil people And that is what God is like He prefers to show compassion on people rather than punish them We see that in Jonah God could have saved all the hassle of getting Jonah to the Ninevites and just destroyed them But we see that God was compassionate on them He even gave them 40 days to respond God s overwhelming desire is to show compassion to those who turn to Him from their sins And if you turn to Him for forgiveness He will forgive you and have compassion on you it is what He loves to do We see that with Jesus Jonah is a faint shadow of what was to come in Jesus If you really want to see that God prefers to show compassion on people rather than punish them you look beyond Jonah to Jesus John 3 16 17 Hebrews 9 27 28 God has a message for everyone here this morning Slide Unpack What will you do with this message If you believe God message And understand that it comes because of your sinfulness And you feel sorry and ashamed because of your sinfulness And you cry out to God for the

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  • Part 03 - by Mike Emslie
    They express their sorrow at their sinfulness Their sorrow translates into action And that is exactly the way anyone becomes a Christian today too We have to acknowledge our sin unpack before God If we don t think we are sinful we won t see the need for forgiveness and salvation We won t see the need for the Saviour God sent We will turn away from God not to God We must be sorry for our sinfulness There are many people who are more than willing to acknowledge that they are sinful but there is no sorrow for sin They just don t care or try to justify it And then there has to be action a right response to God Action like trusting only in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin and asking Him for that forgiveness asking Him for that salvation But back to the Ninevites what an amazing response from the Ninevites to God 120 000 people Only 3000 at Pentecost But actually that is not the most amazing thing about this chapter The most amazing thing is 3 10 The most amazing thing is that God had compassion on them God was under no obligation to have compassion on them They deserved their judgement God would have been seen as a completely just judge if He had destroyed the whole city Their own king clearly knew that 3 8b 9 They had wondered now they knew The most amazing thing about the book of Jonah is not Jonah being swallowed by a fish and surviving for 3 days in there it s not even the fact that about 120 000 people turned to God The most amazing thing is that such a glorious and holy God forgives and has compassion on such evil people And that is what God is like He prefers to show compassion on people rather than punish them We see that in Jonah God could have saved all the hassle of getting Jonah to the Ninevites and just destroyed them But we see that God was compassionate on them He even gave them 40 days to respond God s overwhelming desire is to show compassion to those who turn to Him from their sins And if you turn to Him for forgiveness He will forgive you and have compassion on you it is what He loves to do We see that with Jesus Jonah is a faint shadow of what was to come in Jesus If you really want to see that God prefers to show compassion on people rather than punish them you look beyond Jonah to Jesus John 3 16 17 Hebrews 9 27 28 God has a message for everyone here this morning Slide Unpack What will you do with this message If you believe God message And understand that it comes because of your sinfulness And you feel sorry and ashamed because of your sinfulness And you cry out to God for the forgiveness of sins

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  • Part 02 - by Mike Emslie
    the basis of ancient Gk manuscript readings An appeal for and brief description of the rescue 6b 7 And then a conclusion with a testimony and a vow 8 9 And certainly from this section at the end it seems he is a changed man Look at how he ends that off his prayer Salvation comes from the Lord Literally Salvation is the Lords So maybe now that he has experienced God s grace and salvation Now that God had saved him from the death due his disobedience and not treated him as his sins deserved Maybe now he is ready to go to Nineveh and do what God has asked him to do 2 10 Imagine what he looked like Slide We will see what happens next week Let me end with some observations I could do what many preachers would do and spend our time focussing on what I said earlier thank God that no matter how much we mess up and no matter how bad life gets we have a Father who loves us and listens to us and will rescue us from ourselves again and again and again That would get me some good press for being positive and make people feel good And while it is certainly worth mentioning to focus mainly on that would not be taking the context of the book into consideration and would do a disservice to how the Holy Spirit has inspired it Here is the direction the context of the book and the context in which Jonah as an Israelite finds himself should shepherd our thinking Jonah was a prophet All the things that Jonah was saying in the fish he had already believed before he boarded the boat to run away from God He had known it but he hadn t lived it And in that he was a window into Israelite thinking at the time And in that he is a challenge to those of us who belong to the new Israel the church There is a huge difference between knowing the truth and living the truth Don t you think that we can be a lot like Jonah We know all about what God has done for us in Christ but do we live in a way that shows we know all about it We know that we have been saved from our sin but do our lives show that Many of us will say that we don t know a lot about the Bible but do we live according to what we do know about it Do our thinking speech and actions reflect how important Christ is and how much we hate sin If not we should repent and start putting things into place to begin narrowing the gap between our knowing and doing so we can work on that hypocrisy Something else to reflect on is did the hectic experience that Jonah went through change the gap between knowing and doing If you have

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  • Part 02 - by Mike Emslie
    Gk manuscript readings An appeal for and brief description of the rescue 6b 7 And then a conclusion with a testimony and a vow 8 9 And certainly from this section at the end it seems he is a changed man Look at how he ends that off his prayer Salvation comes from the Lord Literally Salvation is the Lords So maybe now that he has experienced God s grace and salvation Now that God had saved him from the death due his disobedience and not treated him as his sins deserved Maybe now he is ready to go to Nineveh and do what God has asked him to do 2 10 Imagine what he looked like Slide We will see what happens next week Let me end with some observations I could do what many preachers would do and spend our time focussing on what I said earlier thank God that no matter how much we mess up and no matter how bad life gets we have a Father who loves us and listens to us and will rescue us from ourselves again and again and again That would get me some good press for being positive and make people feel good And while it is certainly worth mentioning to focus mainly on that would not be taking the context of the book into consideration and would do a disservice to how the Holy Spirit has inspired it Here is the direction the context of the book and the context in which Jonah as an Israelite finds himself should shepherd our thinking Jonah was a prophet All the things that Jonah was saying in the fish he had already believed before he boarded the boat to run away from God He had known it but he hadn t lived it And in that he was a window into Israelite thinking at the time And in that he is a challenge to those of us who belong to the new Israel the church There is a huge difference between knowing the truth and living the truth Don t you think that we can be a lot like Jonah We know all about what God has done for us in Christ but do we live in a way that shows we know all about it We know that we have been saved from our sin but do our lives show that Many of us will say that we don t know a lot about the Bible but do we live according to what we do know about it Do our thinking speech and actions reflect how important Christ is and how much we hate sin If not we should repent and start putting things into place to begin narrowing the gap between our knowing and doing so we can work on that hypocrisy Something else to reflect on is did the hectic experience that Jonah went through change the gap between knowing and doing If you have read ahead you know

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  • Part 01 - by Mike Emslie
    West to Tarshish in modern day Spain 1 1 3 Why did he run Maybe he was scared to go to such a place Maybe like the nation he came from he hated the Assyrians We ll find out in chapter 4 Well he had just started settling into this trip on his escape route when he discovers that he can run but he can t hide 1 4 17 Tell story and note God in control and contrasting attitudes 6 The pagan boat captain has to tell the prophet of God to pray 10 The pagan sailors seem to understand the seriousness of Jonah s disobedience more than him 13 The pagan sailors work to save Jonah s life when he had endangered theirs 14 16 The pagan sailors worship the true God while Jonah is running away from Him Why did God want to send Jonah a prophet of Israel to preach to Nineveh a pagan city in the first place Possibly to make Israel jealous Israel refuses to repent of their sins What if Jonah preaches to Nineveh they repent and God forgives them and blesses them instead of judging them Maybe when Jonah gets back and tells Israel what had happened Israel will realise how stupid they have been and turn to God too If this was part of it can you see the impact of the Prophet of God not going He was robbing his own people of an opportunity to experience God s grace Certainly God wanted to send Jonah to Nineveh because as He had said in many places in the OT it was always His plan to bless all nations not just Israel Genesis 12 1 3 Explain context Israel never really seemed to get that but it was always God s plan and what Jonah had to do was another step in God s action to fulfil that promise By not going and most Israelites would probably have supported him Jonah was working against the plans of God to show grace to the world through His people And God wants to send Jonah to Nineveh to foreshadow what Jesus would come to do in fulfilling that promise to bless all nations Jonah would probably not be rated as a great prophet and yet as we will see later in this series Jonah is the only prophet that Jesus compares Himself to Not in the way Jonah disobeys and runs from God but in bringing the message of salvation to the world Jonah one particular city Jesus the whole world Matthew 28 18 20 So for many good reasons God wants Jonah to go so he has to go even if he has to travel to his destination in sub economy class clip And we will continue with this story about Jonah next week Let s connect a few more dots God is not only in control of everything He sees everything 1 2 And I stand before you this morning called

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  • Part 01 - by Mike Emslie
    in modern day Spain 1 1 3 Why did he run Maybe he was scared to go to such a place Maybe like the nation he came from he hated the Assyrians We ll find out in chapter 4 Well he had just started settling into this trip on his escape route when he discovers that he can run but he can t hide 1 4 17 Tell story and note God in control and contrasting attitudes 6 The pagan boat captain has to tell the prophet of God to pray 10 The pagan sailors seem to understand the seriousness of Jonah s disobedience more than him 13 The pagan sailors work to save Jonah s life when he had endangered theirs 14 16 The pagan sailors worship the true God while Jonah is running away from Him Why did God want to send Jonah a prophet of Israel to preach to Nineveh a pagan city in the first place Possibly to make Israel jealous Israel refuses to repent of their sins What if Jonah preaches to Nineveh they repent and God forgives them and blesses them instead of judging them Maybe when Jonah gets back and tells Israel what had happened Israel will realise how stupid they have been and turn to God too If this was part of it can you see the impact of the Prophet of God not going He was robbing his own people of an opportunity to experience God s grace Certainly God wanted to send Jonah to Nineveh because as He had said in many places in the OT it was always His plan to bless all nations not just Israel Genesis 12 1 3 Explain context Israel never really seemed to get that but it was always God s plan and what Jonah had to do was another step in God s action to fulfil that promise By not going and most Israelites would probably have supported him Jonah was working against the plans of God to show grace to the world through His people And God wants to send Jonah to Nineveh to foreshadow what Jesus would come to do in fulfilling that promise to bless all nations Jonah would probably not be rated as a great prophet and yet as we will see later in this series Jonah is the only prophet that Jesus compares Himself to Not in the way Jonah disobeys and runs from God but in bringing the message of salvation to the world Jonah one particular city Jesus the whole world Matthew 28 18 20 So for many good reasons God wants Jonah to go so he has to go even if he has to travel to his destination in sub economy class clip And we will continue with this story about Jonah next week Let s connect a few more dots God is not only in control of everything He sees everything 1 2 And I stand before you this morning called by God like

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  • Part 02 - by Colin Retief
    There won t be poverty There won t be corruption There won t be injustices In Chapter 22 verse 3 Look at what it says No longer will there be any curse Again we need to give this a bit of context The curse is the result of man sinning against God in Genesis chapter 3 The curse is the result of our rebellion against God The curse is what we experience while living on this earth The frustration we feel It s a result of the curse The insecurities that we have about ourselves It s a result of the curse The terrible mistakes that we make everyday It s a result of the curse The way that our bodies get sick It s a result of the curse But Revelation chapter 22 and verse 3 has these amazing mindblowing lifechanging words No longer will there be any curse A very popular past time nowadays is escapism I think many people in our society live for escapism And escapism takes on many different forms For many of us sitting here it s some form of device Nothing like a bit of Candy Crush or catching up on facebook Or there is nothing like escaping the problems of the day by putting on a series on your flatscreen And nowadays you can binge watch various series they re just so available in the dvd shops and online For some of us it s watching a rugby game For some of us the best form of escapism is taking some form of substance that helps you forget even though it s just for a little while Why do people like to escape I mean what are we trying to escape from We re trying to escape from the curse There will come a day when we won t want to escape our troubles because there will be none because there will be no more curse And throughout the Bible we read about God s promise to reverse the effects of sin in other words reverse the effects of the curse and establish a new heavens and a new earth So the second fact about heaven is that there will be no more reason to cry The third fact about heaven is that it will look more spectacular than any place you ve ever seen Think of the most amazing building you ve ever seen The most impressive architecture The tallest skyscraper A place that is surrounded by brilliant landscaping that is pleasing to the eye If you had to think of the most aesthetically pleasing building you ve ever seen If you were to think of a building that you walked into and you just thought wow this is amazing Well this vision that John is having is a vision although symbolic and apocalyptic wants the reader of Revelation to know that heaven is going to be better than any piece of work done by human hands Look at verse 15 of chapter 21 15 Then angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city its gates and its walls 16 The city was laid out like a square as long as it was wide He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12 000 stadia in length and as wide and high as it is long 17 He measured its wall and was 65 meters thick by man s measurement which the angel was using The wall was made of jasper and the city of pure gold as pure as glass 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone And so it goes on and on about how amazingly spectacular this city is going to be It will look more spectacular than anything you have ever seen The fourth Fact about heaven is that we will never thirst or go hungry Ie we will always be satisfied Have you ever been really thirsty I mean really thirsty I remember back in my army days During basic training We would have these waterbottles They probably held about 500 ml s of water They would take us on to the parade ground for marching And it was never just marching You would spend more time running than marching This was in Heidelberg just outside of Joburg So it was very dry I remember building up a thirst the likes of which I m not sure if I will ever again experience But we had these waterbottles And even though the water had been in these bottles for a while and wasn t exactly cold I remember just enjoying sipping it down It was amazing It didn t take long until we were thirsty again and we had to find a tap to fill up those waterbottles You see when we re thirsty we satisfy our thirst but only for a little while In heaven you ll have that thirst quenching satisfaction continuously You ll never thirst you ll never go hungry You will be satisfied It really is beyond our comprehension Look at Revelation 22 1 1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life as clear as crystal flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city On each side of the river stood the tree of life bearing twelve crops of fruit yielding its fruit every month We will never go hungry We will never go thirsty We will have everything we need Our thirst will be quenched and there will always be plenty And notice how the tree of life is there Back in Genesis chapter 3 that was one of the big things about being banished from the Garden of Eden It also meant that they were not allowed to eat from the tree of life So that s fact no 4 You will never

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