Week 3: Jonah 3
Life Group Questions:
- Are you able to see grace and not punishment in the story of Jonah? If so, where?
- Share a time with your group when you saw God gave you a second chance like He did for Jonah in chapter 3.
- Read chapter 3. How does Jonah’s eight word statement take pressure off of you in sharing your faith? How do you see God working in this chapter?
- Read the verses provided below (in the sermon notes section) about the salvation process. What did you learn? What can you apply?
- Who are you praying for like their life depends on it?
- Think about this, Pastor Luke asked how many people would enter into salvation last week if all your prayers were answered. How many would it be?
- Who is one person you can pray for this week that needs to hear the gospel?
- How can you better prepare to share the story of God’s grace and what it has done for you?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. – Jonah 3:1-10
BECOMING AN EFFECTIVE WITNESS:
- ALWAYS REMEMBER: GOD ALONE IS THE ONE WHO BRINGS PEOPLE TO REPENTANCE.
- “No man can say that Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:3
- “To as many as received Him… He gave the right to become children of God—who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:13
- “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God…” – Ephesians 2:8-9
- “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him… all that the Father gives to Me will come to Me.” – John 6:37, 44
- FAITH COMES BY HEARING.
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. – Romans 10:17
- PRAY LIKE SOMEBODY’S LIFE DEPENDS ON IT.