Jonah - Running
- What’s one idea from the message that stood out to you? Why do you think it grabbed you?
As we start this study of Jonah, take a few moments as a small group and read all of Jonah together to get a picture of the whole story, and then we’ll dive into more specifics.
- As a child, what was a job or chore that you really hated and never wanted to do? What did you hate about it? What did it take for you to do what was asked of you?
Read: Jonah 1:1-3.
- What is your beginning impression of Jonah?
- Have you ever run from God or from something He has told you to do? What impact did that have on you? What, if anything, got you to eventually follow what He was telling you to do?
Read: Jonah 1:4-10.
- During the great storm, Jonah is sleeping and ignoring God while the pagans reach out to their false gods. Do you feel like there are times that we as Christians have less faith, or are less committed, than people who follow a different religion? Why do you think this is?
Read: Jonah 1:11-16.
- What do you think was the reasoning behind Jonah telling the sailors to throw him overboard?
- God ends up impacting the sailors, though Jonah was never supposed to be around them. God used Jonah to make a difference, even though Jonah wasn’t in the original location God told him to go to. What does this say about God’s ability to use us?
Prayer: Pray that we are open to what God wants and are willing to see it through.