Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by notes from the message, and discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week.
Josh opened our time together with announcements and Quinton Cools led us in a Call to Worship.
We sang Greater Than We Can Imagine, As Long As You Are Glorified, and Blessed Assurance. Josh introduced guest pastor Bruce Chick who preached a message from the book of Jonah. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
After the message, Josh led us in Communion and we sang It is Well with My Soul.
Josh read Psalm 62 and we sang Psalm 62.
Josh closed our time together with a benediction.
Notes from the message and discussion questions:
Special thanks to Doug Roberts for sharing the following.
Bruce told of the story of his wife with cancer and the likely hard chemo treatments that are to come. This is a challenge he does not want to endure. Maybe you have challenges that God is putting in your path to endure. Learn from Jonah.
The Story of Jonah – God loved Jonah and the Israelites and even the Ninevites. Read the 4 chapters of Jonah or listen to the four chapters in less than 10 minutes: Read it or even listen to it at here.
God loved Jonah and the Israelites and even the Ninevites.
The Experience of Jonah – Jonah was given an unpleasant task to risk his life to bring a message to benefit the Ninevites. Bruce asked a question. Why should I have to disadvantage myself for the benefit of others? He gave examples of Jesus describing Peter’s suffering in comparison to the apostle John in John 21:21-22 and Jesus concluded with the command for Peter, “you follow me!” He gave the example of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane asking his Father, “if you are willing, take this cup from me… nevertheless not my will, but your will be done.” Luke 22:42
Lessons from Jonah –
- God went to extreme measures to save Jonah from himself.
- Never underestimate the power of God to save people and turn hearts to Him.
- God often exposes serious prejudices showing the ugliness of our hearts.
- God is always doing something beyond our view.
- The way we live our lives impacts other people. Jonah’s impacted 120,000 in Nineveh.
Applications from Jonah – What should I do?
- Acknowledge my need or unbelief. see Mark 9:24 “… help my unbelief”
- Remind myself that God is all good, all wise, sovereign over all.
- Realize that God provides the grace I need on the day I need it, and so abide in Him daily.
Questions for reflection:
- Talk about the effect that God brought to the Ninevites by Jonah’s words: See Jonah 3: 3-10
- Recount a trial or task with which God challenged you in the past. How did you or did you not walk in faithfulness? How was God faithful?
- If you are able, tell of a current trial or task that you think God is bringing into your path and take time to pray with others about that challenge. Perhaps follow-up with one another later in the week how it is going reminding each other of the God we serve!
- Talk about how we can practically learn to abide in Christ daily so we will look for the daily grace God will provide us? What is one step the Lord would want to help you take toward that daily dependence on Him and His grace?