Jonah Part 1: THE CALL

Text: Jonah 1 verse 1&2  The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”

This text requires no specific context from the book of Jonah, because it’s a theme that runs throughout the Scriptures: Besides for creation & redemption, God has chosen to work through men and women to fulfil His purposes on the earth today. Throughout history the destiny of people, cities, nations hang on the knife-edge as those whom God has called wrestle with their response to obey or not.

God’s got a “go to” call for each believer’s life. There are many places I’d like to “go to” (especially when its winter in London!), but the difference between where I want to go, and where God wants me to go, is calling. A few thoughts from my message (listen on the link below):

  • Calling Definition:  “A calling is God’s personal, individual invitation to carry out the unique task he has for you.”
  • Calling is living with a sense that you are doing whatever you are doing in response to His leading, and for the purpose of being salt & light.
  • Make sure that you understand the difference between a job, career and “vocation.”
  • Always remember that God always calls you to “come to” Him before He gives you a “go to.”
  • You can’t respond to His call, if you don’t hear His voice, so learn to listen…Its the privilege and responsibility of every believer, as Jesus said in John 10:26-27  But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
  • God called the prophet Jonah to prophesy...He calls you within your gift zone, but out of your comfort zone.
  • God called Jonah to “the great city” – He calls us to place, people’s & His purposes…

 

Live called today – there’s no better way to live!

Listen to my “The Call” message here, and follow part 2 of this epic adventure through “The Storm” on Sunday 6th.

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