Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 6, 2016:
- SUNDAY: Joel 1-3,
- MONDAY: Amos 1-2,
- TUESDAY: Amos 3-4,
- WEDNESDAY: Amos 5-6,
- THURSDAY: Amos 7-8,
- FRIDAY: Amos 9,
- SATURDAY: Joel 1-3,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Major Lessons from the Minor Prophets Sermon Title: God Wants To Save Sinful Rebels...of All Sorts
Delivered On: October 30, 2016
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. ([bible]Jonah 3:10[/bible])
Thank God for the greatness of His grace and mercy. Ask God to help you love people the way He does. Surrender yourself to follow God’s leading for your life.
“Belly of the Fish” Prayer - Take time to read Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the great fish at least twice. Write your own prayer expressing how you are ready to follow the Lord’s will and surrender to God’s leading in your life.
Small Group Discussion
Why is it so hard to forgive those who have sinned against us and hurt us deeply?
Read: Jonah 1 Why do you think Jonah ran from the call God placed on his life to call the Assyrians to repentance?
What were some of the consequences of Jonah’s decision to run from God’s will for his life. Respond to this statement: Our sinful choices always impact other people…usually more than we realize!
Read: Jonah 2 Jonah had to go through some days of darkness and pain to finally come to a place where he was ready to follow God’s will for his life. Tell about a hard and dark time you walked through that God used to bring you even closer to Him. How did this time help you surrender to God’s will in your life?
Read: Jonah 3 How had Jonah’s actions changed from the first time he was called to preach a message of repentance to the people of Nineveh? How did the king and the people respond to Jonah’s ministry and message?
How did God respond to the repentant hearts of the people? Tell about when you became a follower of Jesus and how you experienced the grace of God when you confessed your sins.
Read: Jonah 4 How did Jonah respond to the national repentance of the Assyrian people? Why do you think he was so upset?
What lesson did God seek to teach Jonah through this experience?
Who is a person you care about who seems like they will never repent and turn to Jesus? How can your group members join you in prayer for this person to open their heart to the Savior?