Sunday, June 16, 2024

Jonah 4:1-11

1. How do you typically react when you don’t get your way?

Starting Out:
2. Most of us devote our time and resources to what we consider important. But how much of ourselves and our resources do we invest in matters of eternal significance? What does this say about the condition of our hearts?

Read Jonah 4:1-3:
3. What emotions does verse 1 say Jonah experienced? Why do you think he felt that way?
4. In what ways do sinful attitudes keep us from joining God in His mission?
5. Is it possible for us to be obedient to God and have a bad attitude at the same time? Why or why not?
6. Which of the aspects of God’s character in verse 2 is reflected most in your life?

Read Jonah 4:4-5:
7. In what ways does anger make Jonah self-destructive? How does it do the same to us?
8. How do we see Jonah’s anger making him vindictive toward the Ninevites?
9. How do we know Jonah does not have a heart for others? How is he hurting himself?

Read Jonah 4:6-11:
10. What lesson did God teach Jonah through the vine?
11. In what way do the comforts of life that we enjoy prevent us from being what God wants us to be and doing what God wants us to do?
12. What role did the plant and worm have in Jonah’s anger? How does this demonstrate Jonah’s pettiness?
13. Why did Jonah show a lack of repentance? When we are most prone to show a lack of repentance to God?
14. Would you prefer that the Book of Jonah have a different ending? Why or why not?

Taking it Home:
15. Is it easier to look at life from God’s perspective or the world’s perspective? How can we focus on seeing the world the way God sees it?
16. Is there any anger you’ve been harboring toward God? How can our group pray for you and encourage you this week?
17. How can we turn from any selfishness, self-righteousness, anger, and bitterness that may try to creep in our lives? What does it practically look like to turn from those things and turn toward God?

Other Scriptures to engage with this week:
Psalm 10, 1 Kings 18:1-18