Jonah: A Reluctant Follower; Somebody Should Do Something!

Sermon – Nov 2
Jonah 1
John 11:38-45

Jonah: A Reluctant Follower
Somebody Should Do Something!

Jonah knew that Nineveh was a city of cruel warlike people who were longtime enemies of Israel.
Sometimes we intentionally turn away from God because we think that what he wants of us is unreasonable.

Jonah 1:3

Even before Jonah arrived in Nineveh, God worked through Jonah in the sailors.
Never, ever, underestimate God or what He can do.

Matt 19:26

Just throw me “overboard,” because there’s no way that I can do what you ask.
God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.

Mark 1:16-17

Questions

Nineveh had a reputation as an evil city and Jonah knew that. Putting yourself in Jonah’s sandals, what might you have said in reply to God?

Jonah’s first reaction was refusing to go to Nineveh. What were some immediate consequences when they set out to sea?

Discuss the process on board that ship that led to the conversion of the sailors that was evident at the end of chapter 2.

God even used Jonah’s time on the ship to bring salvation to the sailors. Bringing together all that happened, from the time that God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to the sailor’s conversion, discuss the unlikelihood of this happening. Could you have put this plot together?

“God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the called.” What does this raelly mean? In your life? As seen by you in the lives of others?

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