Week 2: Jonah 2:1-10
Life Group Questions:
- Have you ever noticed the word “provided” in Jonah 1:17? How does that one word change your perspective on the story of Jonah?
- How is God trying to get your attention right now?
- What lengths have you seen Him go to show you His grace?
- In what ways in Jonah 1&2 can you see God’s relentless grace?
- What area of your life do you need to stop running from God and start running to God?
- How can our Life Group pray for you this week?
Sermon Notes and Scripture:
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. – Jonah 1:17
1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 2 He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. 4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight, yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ – Jonah 2:1-4
- WHEN WE TURN OUR BACK ON GOD, THE ONLY DIRECTION WE CAN GO IS DOWN.
5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. – Jonah 2:5-6
2. IT’S BETTER TO BE UNITED WITH GOD IN THE BELLY OF A FISH, THAN TO BE WITHOUT HIM ON DRY LAND.
7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. 8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. – Jonah 2:7-8
- WE CAN’T TRULY UNDERSTAND SALVATION UNTIL WE CAN TRULY UNDERSTAND OUR NEED FOR IT.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, Salvation comes from the Lord.’” 10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. – Jonah 2:9-10