God's Strange Servant (1 of 4) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 4 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: God's Strange Servant
Series: The Story of Jonah
Stuart Briscoe
Jonah 1

Campbell Morgan said that people were so taken up with the "great fish" of Jonah that they had overlooked Jonah's "great God." The amazing thing about this great God is that He was prepared to use such a strange individual.

I. The Interpretation of Jonah.

A. Historical-real person and real events.
B. Allegorical-Jonah=Dove=Israel, etc.
C. Parabolical-like Good Samaritan, Prodigal Son.

II. The Independence of Jonah.

A. His privileged position. vv. 1-2
1. Chosen to hear the Word.

2. Commissioned to bear the message.

3. Called to be the representative.

B. His rebellious reaction. v. 3
1. Its causes.
a. Disobedience to the Word.

b. Disinterest in the message.

Minds Matter Immensely (45 of 56)
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 14:13-25

When love is the prevailing attitude and ministry the major activity, the church will be edified provided the people's minds are maturing in the things of God.

I. The Functions of the Mind.

A. The mind is a computer. John 8:32
B. The mind is a coach. John 13:17
C. The mind is a critic. Romans 7:23-25

II. The Failures of the Mind.

A. The unregenerate mind.
1. Dishonest. Romans 1:28

2. Vain. Ephesians 4:17

3. Corrupt. 1 Timothy 6:5

4. Defiled. Titus 1:15

B. The unfruitful mind. v. 20
1. Little information.

2. Little integration.


Part 2: Praying from the Belly
Series: The Story of Jonah
Stuart Briscoe
Jonah 2

Prayer has been offered in many unusual places, but non more so than Jonah's prayer. But the environment was not the only interesting thing about the prayer.

I. The Timing of Jonah's Prayer.

Note: "Then Jonah prayed…" v. 1

A. Down to Joppa…rebellion. v. 3a (no prayer)
B. Down to ship…alternatives. v. 3b (no prayer)
C. Down to hold…escape. v. 5 (no prayer)
D. Down to sea…circumstances. v. 15 (no prayer)
E. Down to bottom…consequences. 2:6 (He cried to LORD)
F. Down to belly…salvation. v. 17 (Then He prayed)

II. The Tone of Jonah's Prayer.

Note: "The LORD his God…" v. 1

A. Relationship to the LORD.
1. The LORD as Creator. 1:9
a. He feared Him.

b. He fled from Him.
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