Questions for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion
Read Jonah 1:1-3: Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. (ESV)
God often communicates important truths through the structure of a biblical book. This is especially true in the Old Testament. In this sermon, Bobby focused on the overall structure of the book of Jonah. The book of Jonah is surprising in several ways:
- We’re surprised by Jonah the prophet.
- We’re surprised by what it means to be lost.
- We’re surprised by God’s means of rescue.
- We’re surprised by the relentless and unstoppable grace of God.
- What questions do you have about the book of Jonah?
- “To be known and yet loved as we really are can heal the aches we’ve been running from.” Talk about what was meant by this.
- What are some surprising things about the prophet Jonah?
- What surprising things did the book of Jonah communicate about lostness? Who was lost? What are some ways we can be lost? What does it mean to be lost?
- What are some ways – and some reasons – that people run away from God today? What are some things that keep people from God?
- Jesus said in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” What did he mean by that?
- What was surprising about God’s means of rescue in the book of Jonah? What are some means God has used to get your attention?
- What surprises you about God’s grace – both in the book of Jonah and today?
- Consider your life before you knew Christ personally. Now that you look back, what are some of the ways that you now realize God was seeking you?
- What did you sense God saying to you through this message?