God’s Heart For The City. – Audio Message – 7/16/17

Message Outline

#1 The Call God Gave

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” Jonah 1:1-2.

#2 The Man God Chose

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.- v.3

Why did the reluctant prophet run from God?

Three possible reasons:

1. Ninevah was part of a pagan nation.

2. The people of Ninevah were Israel’s enemies.

3. It was going to be a difficult job.

 

4 ways the church can interact and relate to a City

Antagonism – a church that has lost its vision – is just opposed to everything and in defensive, protectionist mode.

Assimilation – a church that has lost its way – it just blends into the culture to such an extent that it is no longer distinctive.

Apathy – tuned out from the City and doesn’t care – a church that has lost its fire.

Attachments – a church that understands its vision and rolls up its sleeves and gets involved – a church that has lost its fear. They begin moving into the enemy’s territory to plunder it for the kingdom of heaven.

#3 The Path Jonah Took

How do we get God’s heart?

  1. We need to pray
  2. We need to repent
  3. We need to receive

Reflection Questions

What do you first think of when someone says ‘Plainfield NJ?’

What do you think might stop us from developing a heart for this city?

Next steps

Read The Book of Jonah This week.

Practical Steps

Pray for my city – pray for the good of my city, it’s political and moral leaders, civic authorities, education, the church and for the people of the city.

Seek out an organization that needs assistance and volunteer to help them serve the city in that area.

Seek opportunities to share God’s love in Christ with people in the city – hairdresser/barber; gas station; supermarket; doctor/dentist office; schools; sports teams; etc.

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