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May 2018

Should I Not Be Concerned?


This past Sunday we talked about the story of Jonah and the Whale. Often we simply talk about that part of the story, Jonah and the Whale, and we miss out on some of the deeper messages of this wonderful tale. Typically it's a story about obedience to God, to listen to what God wants you to do and if you don't, you could get swallowed by a big fish! At the end of Jonah 4:5-11 we see that Jonah wanted Nineveh to be destroyed and was upset that he did not get his way. It becomes an us vs them, in and out, black and white, just and unjust story of how God could love your enemies and calls us to do the same.

In your Life Group, reread the scripture Jonah 4:5-11 and talk about these questions:

  1. Have you ever felt the anger of Jonah when things did not go your way?
  2. Have you ever thought of this perspective of the Jonah story?
  3. Why is God just as concerned with our enemies has God is with us?
  4. Do you think you could ever forgive those who have wronged you over and over again?
  5. How does this story teach us to be more open and compassionate people?