Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Jonah – The Weirdest Preacher Ever

 

Refuse! - Jonah 1

 

1.    Do you believe Jonah is literal history? Why or why not?

a.    How does Matt.12:39-40 help answer the question?

b.    How does 2 Kings 14:23-25 help answer the question?

2.    How does Jonah’s low view of God lead to his refusal to obey God?

a.    How does Psalm 139 help answer that question?

b.    Based on the end of that psalm, how does somebody with a high view of God respond to Him?

c.    Give an example of a time when a low view of God led to poor choices on your part.

3.    Why does Jonah’s refusal to go to Nineveh make sense from a human perspective? 

a.    What were the Assyrians like?

b.    While we want to be careful, protective parents, why is it so important in this day to emphasize the safety of the “heart” to our children more than the safety of the body?

4.    Jonah’s choices put other people in danger.  We often do this as well. Here are some important things to discuss related to that.

a.    The sailors were not guilty of Jonah’s sin but were in danger because of it.  Be transparent and give some examples of times when you’ve done that to other people.

b.    The sailors were guilty of their own sins and were not innocent people before God. Could God have been dealing with each one individually as well?

c.    Jonah and the sailors had to make a difficult choice about what to do with Jonah.  Why does it get harder to return to the Lord the longer you refuse him?

d.    How is this story a powerful testimony that God can bring amazing beauty out of sinful choices?

5.    People typically associate Jonah with the “whale.”  It is important that we don’t define Jonah by this one episode in his life. What are the most important aspects of Jonah’s (and every other believer’s) life that should be in the forefront of our minds when we think of him and/or each other?