What Jonah Teaches Us About Obedience

Most of us are familiar with the story of the reluctant prophet Jonah. When God commanded him to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh, he refused. Instead, he boarded a ship sailing in the opposite direction. Through a series of remarkable events, Jonah found himself in the belly of a great fish for three days and three nights. Needless to say, Jonah realized the error of his ways, confessed his rebellion, and pleaded for God’s intervention. The great fish spit out Noah safely on shore, and he lost no time taking the next boat to Nineveh. 

What can we learn from Jonah’s life? Here are 3 timeless truths about obedience.



Learning to Love in the Classroom of Conflict

In every relationship, every family, and every church, there is conflict. To be honest, most of us don’t enjoy conflict. It’s messy and uncomfortable. It exposes our weakness and makes us feel vulnerable. 

But God can use conflicts to make us more like Jesus.

What lessons can we learn in the classroom of conflict?



3 Ways to Reach People for Christ

“Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.” -D. Elton Trueblood

 

As Christians, God has sent each of us to share the gospel with people around us. But, sometimes Christians are hesitant to share the gospel. We may fear rejection, or we may not have a clear plan for witnessing. Not sure where to start?

Here are 3 simple ways to reach people for Christ.

1) Pray daily.

The most important Person in any witnessing conversation is God the Holy Spirit. Without His participation, our words will be empty and fruitless. 

 

Jesus described the Holy Spirit’s ministry in John 16, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;” (John 16:8-9)

 

Effective witnessing doesn’t start with talking to people. It starts with talking to God. 

 

Before you ever open your mouth, get on your knees, and pray that the Holy Spirit will work in their lives.

 

-Pray that He will make them aware of their personal sin and need for Christ.

-Pray that He will prepare their hearts to hear the gospel.

-Pray that He will remove any obstacles to them accepting Christ.

-Pray that He will give you an opportunity to share the gospel and a heart of compassion for them.

 

If you want to reach someone for Christ, start with prayer. 

2) Invite them to your home.

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus ministered to publicans and sinners. He spoke truth both in the public marketplace and in the private home. Our homes can be effective centres for reaching people who may not come out to church.

 

You can invite someone to your house for coffee and dessert, for dinner, or for a bonfire. Treat them as you would a brother or sister in Christ—with kindness and acceptance. Be open about your faith in Christ. 

 

Stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and look for an opening to share your salvation testimony. Always stay focused on reaching them for Christ. When the time is right, explain the gospel clearly. 

 

Also, you can invite them to do a six- or eight-week Bible study with you. You can order Bible studies about the family, marriage, etc. that include the gospel message. Ask your pastor for recommendations.

 

Inviting people to your home can be a wonderful way to show them the love of Christ.

3) Invite them to church.

Another great way to reach people for Christ is to invite them to church with you. If transportation is an obstacle, offer them a drive.

 

At our church in North Sydney, we also have free transportation available. Just call (902) 304-4707 to arrange for a drive.

 

Attending church will expose people to both the truth of God’s Word and the influence of God’s people. They can hear the gospel and respond to it.

 

When your church holds evangelistic meetings, Christmas programs, or outreach events, invite people. You can text an invitation, hand out flyers, or share posts on your social media. But a face-to-face invitation is the most effective. 

 

Remember—you don’t need to wait for a special event to invite someone to church. God can always work through the preaching of His Word. Why not invite someone to our church in North Sydney with you this weekend?

 

If you want to reach people for Christ, you don’t have to know all the answers. You don’t need a degree in theology or years of experience. 

 

You just need to love people as Christ did and share the truth—that Jesus saves!

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Will you reach out to people to share the gospel? Join the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church on Sundays at 11:00 am. 

 

For more information, call (902) 736-6465 or email northside1178@gmail.com