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The God of the Second Chance (3 of 4)
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
April 8, 2001
1. Tom Watson, Sr. founded IBM and guided Big Blue for over forty years. One of his most impressive moments in leadership occurred when a junior executive lost an enormous amount of money for the company. The promising young man had been involved in a risky venture for IBM and ended up losing over $10 million dollars in the gamble. Watson called the man into office and the nervous junior executive blurted out, "I guess you want my resignation?" Watson replied, "You can't be serious. We've just spent $10 million dollars educating you!"
2. The man was given a second chance. A reprieve.
3. God gives second chances.
4. Read chapter
5. I want to highlight three aspects of this chapter.
1. The opportunity Jonah received
2. The obedience Jonah rendered
3. The outcome that resulted
2. OPPORTUNITY (3:1-2)
1. Text: "Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: (2) Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."
2. There is ground for hope.
1. God's word came to Jonah a second time.
2. Jonah was given a second chance.
3. Elijah was given a second chance.
1. Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal.
2. Then he tucked his tail and ran when the wicked Queen Jezebel vowed to kill him.
3. 1 Kings 19:15 says, "The Lord said to him, 'Go back the way you came . . . .'"
4. Peter was given a second chance.
1. The apparent leader of the disciples.
2. Boldly spoke of his commitment to Christ.
3. Denied him.
4. Jesus appeared to him by the seaside and said three times, "Feed my lambs . . . Take care of my sheep . . . Feed my sheep." (From John 21).
5. John Mark was given a second chance.
1. John Mark had set sail with the Pauline missionary team.
2. He deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.
3. Yet, John Mark came back and accompanied Barnabas on a missionary team and ultimately authored the second gospel.
6. There is ground for hope but not for presumption.
1. "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, (27) but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (28) Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. (29) How much more severely do you think a man deserves top be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (30) For we know him who said, 'It is mine to avenge; I will repay,' and again, 'The Lord will judge his people.' (31) It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:26-27).
7. In 1269 Kublai Khan sent a request from Peking to Rome for "a hundred wise men of the Christian religion...And so I ...
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