Jonah: Joining the Mission of God - Week 1


Week 1 - Discussion Guide

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What is the longest you’ve ever run? Tell the story!



How did this message inspire or challenge your faith?

Read Jonah 1:1-16. What stands out, suprises, challenges, or encourages you from this chapter?

Jonah ran from God because he hated the people he was sent to. Has there been a time in your life where you refused to obey God because you didn’t like the assignment? What was that like?

Jonah had to pay a fee to run from God? What price have you had to pay to run from God?

Dan shared several passages that teach us that God is everywhere and that we can never really run from him (Genesis 3:8-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Hebrews 4:13; Psalm 139:1-12). For you, do you find it encouraging or unsettling to think about God being everywhere and knowing everything?

How is Jesus like, but also better than, Jonah?



Is there any area in your life today where you might be running from God? If you’re comfortable, share with the group.

What would it look like for you to live more aligned with God’s will in your relationships, in your work, and in your leisure time?

What is a specific way the people in this group can help you walk in the center of God’s will for your life?



Pray that you and your group will always be in alignment with where God is calling you.



God wanted Jonah to go to the city of Ninevah to tell them about God's love for them. Jonah had other plans. At the end of the story, God said, "Should I not be concerned about the great city of Ninevah?" Well, we know He was concerned, and we're going to learn from Jonah that God is also concerned about our great city and wants us to join Him in His mission right here.

To go deeper in your relationship with God and others, here are some next steps for you:

  1. Join us for Welcome to the Creek! This is a place where you can find out more information about who we are as a church. This experience occurs the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month in South Room 2 during the 11am service. If you attend Shelby Street, you can make an appointment for a Welcome to the Creek session.
  2. Check out the Jonah sermon page at for further resources to help you dive deeper into the book of Jonah.
  3. Check out the Dwell app. This is a new audio Bible app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart. You can download this app on your mobile device. You can get more information about it at