Jonah - Discussion
WEEK 4: The Mission
Read this overview
You may know nothing about Jonah or you may be familiar with this story. If you are someone with this kind of familiarity, it can be helpful but can also pull us back a bit. As a result we read ideas and thoughts into the story that have not been revealed yet. Like watching a movie and judging the characters actions in the beginning while knowing the outcome at the end. During this study, together we can read Jonah with fresh eyes and allow the text to speak for itself, allow God to speak for himself.
Begin with silence and prayer
Gather together as a LifeGroup, as a family or find time alone in a comfortable setting (around a table, on the couch, the floor of a living room, etc.). Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time. Then spend a few minutes in silence.
Why silence, even while together? Because we live in a busy, noisy world, under a non-stop assault of distraction. In the midst of all the chaos, it’s hard at times to hear the voice of God, and that of our brothers and sisters. As we gather together as a family, we want to hear what the Father is saying to and through each of us, and respond in turn. A great way to do that is to begin each time with silence and prayer.
Reflection on Sunday’s Sermon
If you are in a LifeGroup of 10 or more, divide into small groups of 5 – 7 people each (ideally same gender). Spend a few minutes catching up on life. Then talk about the following debrief questions:
1. What thoughts or reflections do you have about the sermon?
2. How have you seen God’s mercy play out in Jonah’s story?
3. Were there any other specific things God revealed to you?
Open to the Bible together
Have somebody read Jonah 3:1-10
Discuss the following questions:
1. Jonah has come out from the depths with new life. As he receives this word from the Lord the second time, what significant differences are there in his response.
2. What is significant about the response of the people and the king of Nineveh? What is different about their response in comparison to Jonah’s? What do you make of their response?
3. How is God’s mercy being poured out on Jonah and the Ninevites? What does this say about the character of God?
Work through these reflection questions
1. Both Jonah and Nineveh have experienced the beginnings of God’s transformative mercy. How have you seen or experienced that in your life? How have you seen it be a process of transformation?
2. In the sermon, it was said that, “the closer you are to God, the more you become like him,” what has been your experience with this?
3. At the heart of the sermon was the way God worked in people to work through them. How does it make you feel that God is working in you to send you as a light to other people?
4. What excites you or scares you about this?
Close in prayer: Think of 2 people that God is placing on your heart to spread his love and mercy to. Write those names down in a way and place that you can pray for them regularly. Break into smaller groups to pray for one another and for the 2 people God has revealed ot you.