Sep 25 2018
(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)
Jonah wanted Nineveh destroyed. God want it saved. As long as Christians see the world as the enemy, they cannot save it. We’re called to hate sin but love the sinner.
Speakers notes follow –
A City to Die for
(Partly from a sermon by Tim Keller)
Special Guy – God loves us – good or bad – he hates sin, loves sinners – even Ninevites – Jonah couldn’t understand this (IBP 583)
Plant – ‘You love the plant right? Want it spared? But don’t love 120 000 souls?’
God a God of the City!
We often like Jonah – we love things not people
Tourist posters – sun sets, animals, fish, trees – beautiful – no people – God loves places with people
God likes inside of buses, matatus, trains!
Mombasa – do we see dirt, sin – or souls?
Cities important – Where did Paul go? – 300 AD 50% Cities Christian – rural pagan
As city goes culture goes – transform coast – go for Msa
Bible ends – city from heaven – God’s Bride a city!
Only thing can take to heaven – city full of it!
Stop seeing city as dirty + sinful – see souls!
God is a God of the city.
Dying for the City
Jonah – religious moralist – saw sinners as the enemy
Saving the enemy – American Revolution – Pastor Peter Miller of Ephrata – friend of General George Washington – Michael Wittman arrested treason (El 406) – pastor died to self – won his persecutor!
Christians often see worldly – prostitutes, drunkards as enemy
Last week – get Moonshine in? ‘Er…um’
Many like Jonah – rapture – world burns -‘hurray!’
Nineveh – people + king repent – sackcloth + dust
God happy – Jonah not
Jesus is Jonah’s opposite – died for city of Jonah’s (moralists)
Jesus 3 days 3 nights – rose to love Jerusalem – Jonah rose to hate Nineveh
The Salt of the City
Salt in food – preserves + flavours – brings out in good
Must be in food – Jonah judges – shelter outside – Face / Faithbook
Salt in not of – not same – not outside – Jesus came into world
Equip to minister to ① sceptics ② poor ③ work place
But starts having God’s heart for the city
God of this City – song story – Bluetree – Belfast – Thailand – bar in red light district – allowed to play if brought load of Christians that would buy drinks – did 2 hr with Christian songs – Aaron Boyd started singing over city what he felt God saying – God of this city, king of these people, Lord of this nation – they don’t know – salt + light
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