Pastor Bob Wilk – Church on Mission: Great Commission


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Okay. Yes. Well, what a wonderful time. Great graduates. I really feel like popping that. No I won’t okay. We are church on mission. Amen. On a mission from God to God with God. So I was having a hard time deciding what to call this. And so I called it a lot of things. But, Pastor Shelly wanted it to be called.

What do we have up there? I guess great commission make disciples. I called it fish tails. So, you’ll find out why later. So, we are discussing, evangelism in our church. What it looks like. How does it look? what happens with all this? And, Pastor Shelly mentioned something the other day that was interesting to me.

She said reproduction is a process of sowing, caring, reaping, caring, reaping, and then repeating. Yeah, I think you said that unless you rob that from somebody, I don’t know, you could have done that. Right. And, so we are in this process of discussing about evangelism, but also what it looks like to you, like how does it work for you?

One of the things that I’ve been assigned to do is talk a little bit about discipleship. And then I’m going to go off the rails immediately. Okay. So follow me with this, okay? Because when I get to it, I’m going to read you an entire book out of the Bible. So I hope you don’t have anything planned for this afternoon.

Okay. All right. Okay. So Matthew 28:18 to 20 says, And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, all authority. I want you to say authority. Yes. Authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore now by the way, when Jesus says, all authority has been given to me, implied in that is that he’s about to issue authority to his people.

Would you agree? His disciples? Yeah. So when you read something like that, you must understand that something else is happening and it could affect you that you understand you have authority also in this disciple process, all this authority is given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. Charge, yes, not just get all nations saved.

People confuse discipleship with salvation. We’re going to talk about salvation shortly here, but I want you to hear discipleship is the next step after you’re saved. Okay, so that’s my tiny assignment here in, So go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them teaching is not something you do, at a high level to a baby.

You do teach babies at some levels, right? But teaching them at this level to how to handle authority has to come at another level, has to come from people who are mature. Are you with me on this? You’re okay. All right. Okay. All right. Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. And, lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the age.

Amen. So the culminate version of evangelism is maturing into discipleship. Do you hear that? So we are on this mission as a church. Church on a mission to evangelize. But at the end of that, or somewhere in the middle of that, actually, there’s also a charge to then disciple people, are you with me? And that discipling doesn’t rest just on the pastors?

It certainly doesn’t rest on somebody just speaking up here on a Sunday. Yeah, it can’t just rest on just teachers. Although what a wonderful teacher group we have. So many wonderful things have happened in the lives of people both here and far away. It’s just amazing to me. I just think about Pat, you know, we talked about Patrick up in Limitless Church in Alaska and how many times he’s joining and he’s got his camera in his in his truck as he’s driving in the middle of the pitch black out there in the middle of winter.

What faithfulness. Yeah. What faithfulness. Being discipled right in the middle of it. Are you hearing me? And I expect that he will be discipling people also, just like each and every one of you. That cannot be, we cannot rely on just teachers. Just pastors. There’s not enough. Are you with me on this? Okay, so only mature things in life reproduce.

Are you with me? So. So this means that disciples reproduce. Disciples like we teach in our group. We’ve taught this ever. Even since crosswalk, our discipleship program, that only disciples can make disciples. Are you with me? Okay. Nod. Say. Yep. Yeah. Well, little tell me you’re there. It’s so dark out there I can’t see anybody. Turn up the lights.

I want to see everybody. I’m going to call him out by name now. Okay, so the deal is disciples make disciples. Yeah. So this should be an incentive to us to be able to receive and accept the authority that comes from Jesus Christ. The authority was given to him, passed on to us. Right? To bring the other people.

If you don’t cultivate a heart of God for the lost, there will be nobody to disciple.

And so this is where I’m going to get into my fish tails with you eventually. Here, because I’m asking God about this. And I like this earlier this week and say, God, you know, I have to do this preaching thing. It’s wonderful. And we’re teaching about evangelism. We’re teaching about discipleship. We’re talking about not just teaching, but being on mission.

Okay? To evangelize in our in our town, in our nation and our world and God. How do we do this? Where do we start? You know? Yes, God, I take your charge out in Matthew to to make disciples. And that’s when he spoke. And he said, if you don’t evangelize first, there ain’t going to be anybody to disciple.

And then I ask them, I’m like, God, how do we how do we get a heart to evangelize? Yeah. How do we do that?

So then he spoke to me out of this book in the Old Testament. By the way, for those of you that are under 25, this is a Bible.

Bible. I know some of you think the Bible is that square thing that you make calls on and text. Everybody would know that. In fact, you can look over to the person next to you especially you can check them out and see if they’re playing a game on their Bible right now. That’d be good to know. But you can you can find your Bible on that phone right now.

I normally will come up here with it. It’s in my pocket down there. And so, you know, it’s a good thing. But if you have one of these Bibles, you can open up to Jonah. Yeah. So everybody. Oh, that’s a hard one. That’s hard to find. Where do I find Jonah? Oh, wait, wait, where is it? Oh, it’s page 1323.

If you have this Bible. Okay, you know Matthew, Mark, Luke and Jonah, that’s where it is.

So now the word of the Lord came to Jonah, the son of a mighty saying, rise and go to the end of that great city and cry out against it, for their wickedness has come up to me before me. So it says, it goes on and says. But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. I want to stop here.

We get a call to go to people. People in a city like Nineveh, people in a city like Sonora, people in a city like Milwaukee village. And we act just like this guy, this prophet. Of course, he was a minor prophet. He was a very little guy with. Okay, this prophet immediately hears from God, and, you know, God’s like, I want you to go to this city.

And immediately he runs the other way. Okay? Matter of fact, and we’ll read the story here. Just to put it in perspective to you, when I’m reading, you know what you’re hearing. He runs down. So he’s in he’s in this little town. He’s actually the people scholars believe he came from Nazareth. There was another guy that came from Nazareth.

I know a guy.

Who came from Nazareth. And so he’s a very much a example of Jesus Christ. And an example of us at the same time, even with his weird story and the weird stuff he does. So God says, go, go to Nineveh. This this place needs you so bad he runs the other way, jumps on a boat. He’s going to go for a cruise like 3000 miles in the other direction.

He goes exactly the opposite, the way God tells him to go. I want you to hear that what God started talking to me about is that God’s putting on our hearts as a people to hear his voice say, I’m calling you to people. And the thing is, it’s so easy. It’s so easy to be comfortable in our nice, air conditioned church with the chandeliers and the balloons and forget about the lost, like, not care about them.

I’m sorry you got a prophet up here talking at you because I want you. I want to tear you out of your seat. All right? I want you to feel God’s heart going. I need you to go to the lost.

Because they’re on my heart

, this is what God says to us.And so many times when we’re so comfortable. We’re sitting in our little Nazareth and God saying, I want you to go to, you know, Nineveh. And we head for Joppa by the sea, by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea. And we’re going to jump on a boat and take off away from him.

See if if we can, in time tag inside you enough today to get you rattled out of your seat to actually speak the word of truth to people. Speak salvation to people. We haven’t done anything. We will have a nice little closed in church here in a nice little secure place, and we’ll sing nice songs to each other and we’ll walk out and have a nice life.

It’ll be so nice.

It’ll be so nice. And this can happen to somebody that’s a prophet. But Jonah arose and flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. I’m speaking you prophetically. When you run away from what God wants you to do, you’re actually trying to run away from his presence. Good luck with that. The word tells us, if I make my bed in hell, you are there. Some of us are. He went down to Joppa and found a ship along, going to Tarshish, thousands of miles away, and paid the fare he’s paying to get away from God.

And he went down and to go to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. Do you know that when the Lord in the Bible starts talking about something over and over again, he’s wanting to get it through our heads twice now? But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea. Who did? Our kind, loving Jesus sent out this great wind to mess up somebody. Yeah, and I’m going to skip through or so. We will be here until after 12, which would be a sin. Then the mariners were afraid of every man, and every man cried out because there’s a big storm. This guy’s in the middle of a sea with all these guys, and he. I’m going to. Really? Yeah. He’s down sleeping in the hull of the ship. Not bothered. Because you know what? If you run from the presence of the Lord, you don’t have to be bothered by him so much. You can go to sleep safe away from the presence of God, away from his assignment. It’s so easy to do. Trust me. I know.

And so you sleep in there, and God’s got this. He’s. He’s messing up everybody else’s life around you. And you’re fast asleep. He’s messing up lives of people you’re supposed to be ministering to, and you’re fast asleep.

So what happens is the captain goes and shakes him, wakes him up. Dude. Wake up. Don’t you know what’s going on up there? Sometimes a heathen captain is going to bounce his way in our lives and shake us up and go. Don’t you know what’s going on? We’re in trouble up here. This world is going to hell in a handbasket, and you are probably part of the issue, but apparently you don’t care.

Come on, if we’re going to be real about this, like I said, I’m reading. I’m studying this all week on God. Please. No, please. I’m sorry I give up because I’m the first sinner.

I’ll skip down to, I don’t know, verse nine, you know, and the captain’s like, who are you? Where did you come from? What country? What’s going on with you? He said, I’m a Hebrew and I fear the Lord. Really? Come on. I’m a Christian and I fear the Lord. I’m going back to sleep. I fear the Lord God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land. This man knew who the God was. He was serving and running from. Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, why have you done this? For the men knew that he fled again, when now these heathen guys knew that he fled from the presence of God. I’m going to tell you, you. We can be fully asleep out there in the world, sleepwalking through the world, and people who don’t know Jesus are going to know. You’re fleeing the presence of God. You’re fleeing his assignment of what to do. See if we can’t shake. If I can’t shake you up out of your seat. Like I said, what am I doing?

Evangelism requires attention, and it requires action.

So he fled from the presence of the Lord because he had told them. And they said to him, what shall we do to calm the sea? And he’s like, throw me in. And these guys are heathen dudes, and they don’t want his blood on their heads. As the story goes on, I’m skipping through. Finally, they do everything just like that world out there is doing everything to save itself. See? You have the answer. It’s residing in you. But the world is trying to save itself from the turmoil, from the stress, from the worry, from the fear. Because the sea is going crazy out there and you have the answer and you are the answer. And it goes on. It says, you know, after being very reluctant. They go on and say, so they picked up Jonah and threw him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging.

Then the man feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered sacrifices to the Lord and took vows. That’s crazy that they got affected by that, by that miracle happening. And Jonah. And so then this big fish comes along and Jonah’s swallowed up by this big fish right? It’s interesting to me because this is thought like a tale when it’s actually a truth.

We like to teach this like it’s a fairy tale story, like how does a fish eat a man?

Well, that’s stretching your faith a little. How does a man walk out of a grave? Well.

How does a man, how does a man speak to the dead and say, rise and come forth, Lazarus. And he comes forth. How does a man speak healing to someone? And boom, they’re healed. So we can talk about the entire Bible like a fairy tale story, or we can understand its truth. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord, the God from to God from the fish’s belly.

And your Lord starts speaking to me. Sometimes he’s got to put us in the fish’s belly before we actually start to listen.

This was God’s guy. This was a Christian guy. This wasn’t some heathen guy that doesn’t know Jesus. This was God’s people. And he’s like, okay, from the belly. You know, things are a problem here. I don’t know if you know this. We got a problem. Houston, we’re in a fish. We’re.

A matter of fact, this guy’s really hard core. He’s a little stubborn. He’s worse than me. Maybe it’s a few days. You know, two minutes into the fish’s belly, you would think there’d be some heavy duty prayers going up. Help God. Right. And some of us, we get in the fish’s belly and it’s like it’s a fish’s belly.

It’s no big deal. What’s this? We’ll just get along when they get along with the seaweed. Then he prays this tremendous. Which I want to read it to you. This tremendous prophetic prayer, this prayer and components of it are cited all over the Bible. Jeremiah, you know, Lamentations. Jesus talks about it in the New Testament. It’s all over the place.

And he says, I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction. And he answered me out of the belly of Shiloh. I cried, and you heard my voice, you and for you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas. And the floods surrounded me. All your billows and your waves passed over me. Then I said, I’ve been cast out of your sight.

Yet I will look again toward your holy temple, the water surrounding me, and even the my soul, the deep closed around me. This is like Jesus speaking out of hell. By the way. The deep. The weeds were wrapped around my head and I went down to the moorings of the mountains. The earth with its bars crossed over me forever.

Yet you had brought me up, brought my life up from the pit. Oh, Lord my God. He started to remember he to remember who he was. Come on. If we’re going to get the heart of the Lord for the lost, we’re going to have to start to remember who we were. That he brought my life up out of the pit.

When I hated God, he loved me. When I denied him, he would not deny me when I would have none of him. His arms, the father’s arms were open, saying, come back.

And when we start understanding that and getting that heart now, we start getting the heart of an evangelist. Now we begin to understand. And then he goes on and says, when my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord and my prayer went up to you into your holy temple. This is the most interesting scripture I think maybe in the whole Bible.

Those who regard worthless idols in the original King James, it’s lying. Vanities, things that lie to you. A vanity is like smoke. It means nothing. Those that regard lying, vanities, worthless idols forsake their own mercies. We were speaking and singing today to ourselves and to the Lord, mostly to ourselves, about the mercies of the Lord. I believe that you had that up there.

Rose. Yes. And the deal is we have to remind ourselves, remind ourselves all the time of the mercies of the Lord. If we do, and we don’t forsake his way and turn it into like an idol, you know, we come to church and a church can become a nice, pretty idol. We go there. I remember when I was a Catholic, we do a little genuflecting, you know, a couple of Hail Marys on Saturday, living like hell on Monday.

It’s great. It’s awesome. Awesome. But we can make that our life too, if we’re not careful, if we, if we make idols, idols in our life by forsaking his mercies. And when I hear that from the Lord, I’m hearing you need to bring to remembrance the mercy of God in your life. Bob. How he took you and saved you out of your pit, out of the fish you were caught in.

And if you don’t forget that, Bob, if you don’t, you know, forsake your own mercy that came in, because I’m telling you, you can forsake your own mercy by forgetting your mercies that God has put in your life. But if you don’t forsake those, all of a sudden everything else opens up. All of a sudden it says, but I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving, and I will pray.

I will pay what I have vowed salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is not of you. When you’re bringing someone that Jesus, you really don’t have to worry about how good you are, how smart you are, how fine you give him. You know your testimony, how cool you can speak, how many big words you can use, how much theology you have, all you need to know is I was dead.

I was caught in the fish. Dead. Sea weed was around my head, I couldn’t breathe, I was suffocating, I was drinking seawater for three days. I was dying and didn’t even know it. And then God. And then God came into my life. We are not here to give people of the hope that lies into someone else’s heart. We’re not here to give people some theology lesson about Jesus.

We are here to tell people of the hope that’s in my life. It’s in your life. Nothing else saves. Nothing else will draw people. But we’re so afraid. We’re so afraid we’re going to be rejected. We’re so afraid that nobody’s going to listen. We’re so afraid that I just don’t have the right words and the right way of saying it.

You know, I can’t. I can’t repeat the Bible like Pastor David can.

Really? I’ve seen David in action. It’s not just Bible. It’s the hope that’s in him. And because if that’s not, if that’s not clear in your soul, and if you’re not willing to give that, then what kind of sacrificial life do we have exactly. Like I said, if we’re holding on to everything, if we’re holding on our fears, our worries, our fears of rejection, so what if you present Jesus to somebody and they say, never.

So what?

I know a guy. He presented his father to a lot of people and only a few showed up at the end. I know a guy who discipled guys for three years, and one of them said, yeah.

He was a pretty good guy. I think he knew the word.

So the Lord spoke to the fish, a fish throw him up, just like the Lord speaking to you today, to me today. And he’s saying to the fish that we’re encased in, hey, puke them out. Get them out here. I don’t care what they smell like. I don’t care how long they’ve been in the fish. I don’t care if you got saved 50 years ago, and you still are reluctant to give the word of the Lord to an unbeliever, spit you out, get you up on the land.

So I love this. So the Lord spoke to the fish and vomited him out. You would think if you just spent three days in the fish, the first thing you’d be telling people is about the miracle that you spent three days in the fish. You know, that’s what I would be thinking. I’d be like, oh, yeah, I just got hit by a fish and now I’m out, right?

No, no, no. Okay. You know, and and God doesn’t have him use his testimony. He tells you what to do. So now he goes over and he’s like, hey, by the way, we’re on chapter three now. Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, maybe for some of us, for some of us, a fifth time.

Arise and go to Nineveh again, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you. Do you know that prophets in the Old Testament were the preachers? They didn’t have those pastor weird guys like me preaching. They had prophets preaching. Okay. And then it says the message, I will tell you. So finally Jonah rises, went to the end of the according to the word of the Lord.

And to that great city. It’s 330 okay to walk across an Innova. I guess it takes three days to walk across or around it. It’s a pretty big, you know, big city. It’s not like me walk to your assignment. Not be. It might be not three days of walking. Might be like a half a minute, maybe down at the park, maybe at the store.

And then it goes on, it says. And Jonah began to enter the city, the first on the first days of the walk, then he cries out, 8 or 9 littleYou want to have a big message for everybody. And this guy is walking through yet 40 days and Nineveh shall be overthrown. In your own words, people you are facing.

It could be only 40 days. It might only be 40 minutes. Some people, it might only be 40s and that their time is coming to an end. I want you to hear the urgency here. Okay? Now this guy goes in there, all he has to do is say, hey, it’s going to get bad here in 40 days. You might want to check something out.

That’s all he says. It doesn’t. The Bible doesn’t record him having this massive, you know, prayer meeting, this wonderful message on a Sunday morning. You know, he just like, hey, it’s not looking good. I think you should maybe think about this. this woman and then the people in Nineveh believed God. What do you mean? All you have to do is tell them about God and that.

Oh, by the way, I want you to spend time with Jesus. I love you know Jesus loves you. Something just that simple. Some of you might have to be. I don’t want you to go to hell. I don’t want to see you die and just suffer forever. I’m not telling you what to say and when to say and how to say it, but there’s a ways of approaching people because everybody I believe we have Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit’s the one that draws people, and Holy Spirit is the one that leads us. Yes, we need to have a word in due season. We need to understand the times and places and the people were called to. We must have discernment and how to do this. Okay, now so 44 days and the word. Now listen to what happens.

The word came to the king of Nineveh, and he arose and laid aside his robe, his kingship. Okay. And, you know, put on sackcloth and ashes in the Old Testament. And that’s basically saying he repented. He’s like and he caused and he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, let neither man or beast now they’re going to go on a fast dig this again, a city with hundreds of thousands of people.

All of a sudden the king’s like nobody’s eating or drinking water. We got to get before God.

Imagine if you touch somebody in our lives, maybe one of our supervisors, maybe one of our governors, maybe one of our presidents, maybe one of our world leaders. Why not you? Yeah. You’re more than a minor prophet.

What happens if you bring that and they start to affect everybody around them? See, we get so small minded about where our word could go.

So there’s this urgency at this time. You hear what I’m saying? When Jonah’s doing this, there’s this urgency that comes to the leaders. An urgency that comes to the people’s like, we better shape up right now and turn to God. We don’t really know what’s going to happen or how it’s going to happen, but we’re turning to him and then God.

Then God shows up.

Then and I’m moving on to verse ten of chapter three and we’re almost done. Then God saw their works and they turned from their evil way, and God relented. You hear what God did? God had purpose to kill off this people because of who they were and how they were behaving. All of a sudden he stops and and he relented from the disaster.

It says, and he that he would bring upon them and he did not do it. Now, I’m not going to bore you with the details of Jonah. And his, his pouty time, you know, I don’t know why you saved me. You know, all that at the end of that story in verse, you can go read chapter four on your own.

You can read the whole thing in about three minutes. By the way, if you’re preaching, it takes about three hours. But at the end of that, you know, Jonah’s like, you know, God comes down, helps him, grows this big mushroom over him. Gourd, whatever it was. Then he sends this, census worm to eat it. I think it was from Dune.

I think there were these guys, like, writing this. It must have been a big worm, right? Couldn’t have been a little bitty worm. I’m. I’m just saying I always wanted to use a movie thing. Was that good, Pastor David? Good. All right. It’s the end of the movie thing. And Jonah is upset, and God’s like. You don’t understand.

There’s hundreds of thousands of people in this town, and they can’t discern their right hand from their left. They don’t know. They just don’t know. And your message to them is to bring them to Jesus, the author and the finisher of their faith. Your message to them is to bring them to, their God that can help them save them from their life, in all their greatness and their smartness and their cleverness and their stuff they do.

They can’t figure their way out of death. That’s coming to them because they can’t discern from their left and right hand. They’re lost without me.

We are all lost without him.

Like I said earlier, when I came to Jesus, when he came to me because I wasn’t looking for him. Trust me on this. I hated God. You understand what it is to have a spirit of Antichrist. I hated church. I hated Christian people. I would have nothing to do with them. I didn’t like them.

But God, praise the Lord. Yes, some things never change.

I wasn’t nice, I still aren’t okay. But the reality is that he took me right where I was at. And I know I’m speaking to somebody right now. Maybe somebody that’s going to watch later or is watching online, or maybe someone in here.

That God takes you right where you’re at. You don’t have to like, earn up to anything. You don’t have to clean yourself up at all. That’s God’s job. You can’t do it. I couldn’t do it. There was no way.

But God. And today, I want you to hear that the Lord Jesus Christ. That he died for you. It wasn’t by accident. It was very intentional. And that he was buried. And he’s raised again for you. And you don’t have to do a lot. You don’t have to stand on your head. You don’t have to perform. You don’t have to do anything except receive him.

Wow. He made it so stinking simple that even somebody like me could come to him.

So that even somebody like you could come to him.

So I want to open it up. If there’s someone that just wants, like you don’t understand all this, you don’t get it all. Maybe that’s okay. I didn’t get any of it personally. But I want to give you the opportunity. Maybe every head bowed and we just, you know.

If we don’t take opportunity in church to give Jesus to somebody, we’re never going to do it out there. But here we are in church. Maybe somebody here doesn’t know the Lord. Maybe somebody online doesn’t know the Lord.

But today’s a great day to know him. It doesn’t take a lot. So every heads bowed and every heart open to him. I mean, if there’s somebody here personally, if you want to know the Lord or want to know a little more about him and it’s okay, raise your hand. Raise your hand. It’s okay if you want him.

I see that him. If there’s anyone else. Anybody else? He’s such a good god. He’s so loves us. His father, his father in heaven. His arms are open. They’re here. Open to you.

Thank you. Lord. That person that raised her hand. If you’d like, I’d like you to come forward, if you want. If you don’t want to, I understand that, but if you want to come on forward. Yeah. Come on, come on, pastor. Thank you. Jesus. Thank you.

I’m alive. And I believe that love is good. Yeah, good. You’re doing good. I’m doing good. I got God in my life today. Excellent. Amazing. Yeah. Thanks. Have been blessed with. Yeah. Getting to know the Lord. And, you talked about things a minute ago. Said that you were not a believer at one point in time and that you you didn’t want God in your life and for other reasons.

And, you know, I’m not proud of the things that I’ve done in the past and what have you. But today I can honestly stand high and look to the skies for the Lord and know that he is with me at all walks of life and that. And then I have a God of my own understanding. And that God is Jesus Christ is my Savior.

Hey, it’s just that simple to come and see here. To testify. Yeah. When it comes to, you know, God receiving Jesus is not a difficult thing. You hear what I’m saying? Yeah. You hear what I’m saying? It’s not difficult. It’s not. And I don’t mean to shame anyone or anything funny like that, but it’s such a good thing we’re rejoicing with you who are rejoicing with you.

Praise God, praise God. Amen. You know what’s happening up in heaven? They’re rejoicing too, which is really crazy. You know what I’m saying? Yeah, we’re we’re we’re spending a little time with you. My brother. Yeah. We’re spending time with you because you matter. Yeah. You matter. Yeah, yeah.

And and I’m going to continue because there’s a call to some that maybe have left God along the way, or maybe just run from his presence like Jonah did. Maybe you’ve been running. Today’s a good day to get spit up out of the fish. Yeah, today’s a good day.

So if there’s anyone that, would like to maybe rededicate, we can be embarrassed. We want. You might have, you know, your little station in life, and it might not look good to you if you were to rededicate your life today. But it’s okay. I’m going to give you opportunity. If there’s anyone.

There’s anyone. Come on. Forward. It’s okay. We’re in God’s house. This is God’s family. As he you’ve been going along, and especially those that might be online if you’ve been going along and it’s just you just been kind of plowing through, but your heart’s been kind of running away from his presence. It’s a good day. Come back. It’s a good day.

The altar is open to you here. Our pastors are here. And then and then and then.

Amen. The pastors would come. Yeah. Pastor David, would you come also? If there’s anyone else.

If there’s anyone else? Yeah.

Thank you Lord. Thank you father. Thank you father. Thank you Lord. Thank you Lord. Thank you God. Thank you God. Thank you father. Thank you father. Father, we’re in your house. This place that’s called by your name. Father, we’re not here just to play church today, but to be church.

Father, we can’t be on a mission if we don’t get off our own mission. So I thank you, God, for these that have come that have, said they want a new start today with you. God, there’s nothing shameful about that. There’s nothing wrong with that. God. Other. We all need a new start with you every day.

So we commit these. Father, this is simple act of faith that you will meet them. Father. Father, I pray. Oh, God, that as they move forward from this day that things will open up to them in ways that they had never known possible. From a simple move of faith in you. Oh God, you’re able to bring us the rest of the way.

We’re so thankful to you, God. We’re so thankful to be in your house, in your family. To be touched by your presence and healed by you. Oh God, in the name of Jesus, we just worship you and praise you. Oh God, we thank you God. You. Yes Lord God, thank you Lord. Thank you father. Thank you for healing father physical.

Thank you Lord Jesus. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for this woman of God.

Amen. Thank you. Lord.

Thank you, pastor Bob, for that word challenging us.

Man got sending us out. It’s challenging us to come out of the places that we’re at and be led by Holy Spirit to the people that he’s calling us to. Amen. Amen. Well, we’d like to welcome you to join us for lunch across the way. We love to be family together, to life together. And then we’ll see you guys next week.

Introduction: In a world filled with noise and distractions, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters. However, Pastor Bob Wilk’s recent sermon served as a poignant reminder of the essential message of salvation and our role in sharing it with others. Drawing from the biblical story of Jonah and his reluctant journey to Nineveh, Pastor Bob illuminated key insights that resonate deeply with believers seeking to live out their faith in today’s world.

“We are not here to give people some theology lesson about Jesus. We are here to tell people of the hope that’s in my life. It’s in your life. Nothing else saves.” 

Pastor Bob Wilk, Sunday Service 06.09.24

Remembering God’s Mercy: One of the central themes of Pastor Bob’s sermon was the importance of remembering God’s mercy in our lives. Just as Jonah cried out to God from the belly of the fish, we are called to recall God’s faithfulness and grace, especially in times of trial and uncertainty. By anchoring ourselves in the truth of God’s mercy, we are better equipped to extend that same mercy to others.

“Your message to them is to bring them to Jesus, the author and the finisher of their faith. Your message to them is to bring them to their God that can help them save them from their life, in all their greatness and their smartness and their cleverness and their stuff they do.”

Pastor Bob Wilk, Sunday Service 06.09.24

The Urgency of Sharing the Gospel: Pastor Bob emphasized the urgency of sharing the gospel message with those around us. Citing the example of Jonah’s simple proclamation to the people of Nineveh, Pastor Bob challenged listeners to overcome their fears and doubts and boldly proclaim the good news of salvation. In a world that is desperate for hope and healing, our willingness to share the message of Christ can make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

Overcoming Fear and Doubt: For many believers, the idea of sharing their faith can be daunting. However, Pastor Bob offered practical tips for overcoming fear and embracing the simplicity of the gospel message. By focusing on God’s power and presence rather than our own limitations, we can step out in faith and trust that God will use our efforts for His glory.

“God takes you right where you’re at. You don’t have to like, earn up to anything. You don’t have to clean yourself up at all. That’s God’s job. You can’t do it. I couldn’t do it. There was no way. But God.”

Pastor Bob Wilk, Sunday Service 06.09.24

Celebrating Transformation: Finally, Pastor Bob highlighted the joy that comes from seeing others come to faith in Christ. Just as the people of Nineveh turned from their wicked ways and experienced God’s mercy, we have the privilege of witnessing transformation in the lives of those around us. By celebrating these moments of spiritual growth, we are reminded of the incredible impact that sharing the message of salvation can have on individuals and communities alike.

Conclusion: In conclusion, Pastor Bob Wilk’s sermon serves as a powerful reminder of the central message of salvation and our responsibility to share it with others. By remembering God’s mercy, embracing the urgency of the gospel message, overcoming fear and doubt, and celebrating transformation, we can become effective witnesses for Christ in a world that desperately needs His love and redemption.

Study Guide

Discussion Guide


  1. Share a moment when you felt compelled to share your faith with someone. What prompted you to do so, and what was the outcome?
  2. Reflect on a time when you felt like you were running away from something important in your life. What led you to that decision, and how did you eventually find your way back?
  3. Discuss a personal experience of encountering unexpected mercy or grace in your life. How did it impact you and your relationship with God?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Pastor Bob emphasized the importance of remembering God’s mercy in our lives. How does regularly recalling God’s mercy affect our attitudes and actions toward others?
  2. In Pastor Bob’s sermon, he mentioned the urgency of sharing the message of salvation with others. What are some practical ways we can overcome our fears and share our faith with those around us?
  3. Reflecting on Jonah’s experience, Pastor Bob highlighted the simplicity of sharing the message of salvation. How can we effectively communicate the gospel in a straightforward and relatable manner?
  4. Pastor Bob mentioned that salvation is not about earning it but simply receiving it. How does this perspective shift our understanding of God’s grace and our role in the process?
  5. Discuss the significance of repentance and turning back to God, as illustrated by the people of Nineveh in the story. How does genuine repentance lead to transformation and reconciliation with God?
  6. Pastor Bob emphasized the role of the Holy Spirit in drawing people to God. How can we cultivate a sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our interactions with others?
  7. Jonah initially resisted God’s call to preach to Nineveh. Have you ever found yourself resisting God’s prompting in your life? How did you eventually respond, and what did you learn from the experience?
  8. Pastor Bob highlighted the joy in heaven when someone comes to faith in Christ. How does this perspective motivate us to actively participate in sharing the gospel and celebrating spiritual growth in others?

Sermon Summary:

Pastor Bob Wilk delivered a powerful message on the importance of remembering God’s mercy and sharing the message of salvation with others. Drawing from the story of Jonah, Pastor Bob emphasized the simplicity of the gospel message and the urgency of responding to God’s call. He encouraged listeners to overcome fear and doubt, trusting in God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit to draw people to Himself. Ultimately, Pastor Bob reminded us that salvation is a gift that requires only our willingness to receive it, and that sharing our faith with others is an essential part of our Christian journey.

Short Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for your abundant mercy and grace in our lives. Help us to remember your faithfulness and to share the message of salvation with boldness and compassion. Guide us by your Holy Spirit as we seek to follow your call and minister to those around us. May we experience the joy of seeing others come to faith in Christ, and may your kingdom continue to advance through our witness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.