Jonah: Joining the Mission of God - Week 2


Week 2 - Discussion Guide

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Describe a time you got in trouble as a kid for something you knew you shouldn’t have done.



Read Jonah 1:17-10.

What is something you learned from this sermon? How did this sermon deepen your faith?

Josiah mentioned how the fish is not the main point in this story. If the fish isn’t the main point, then what is? Why do people get caught up in that detail?

How do you think Jonah must have felt when he was thrown overboard, only to then be swallowed by a fish? How does Jonah describe his circumstances?

In this passage, Jonah quotes the book of Psalms over 20 times. How can Scripture play a key role in our lives when our circumstances are more than we can handle?

How did Jesus use the story of Jonah to talk about his death and resurrection (Matthew 12:40)?

Who are other characters in Scripture that were brought to the end of their rope and needed God to be their salvation?

Why do you think people often have to hit rock bottom before they ever look up for help in God?



If you don’t mind sharing, when was a time where your circumstances were more than you could bear?

Where did Jonah find hope in this story? How have you seen God’s character overcome life’s circumstances?

Which aspects of God’s character resonate with you the most? Write a list of all of God’s qualities and characteristics. How many did you come up with? How might you use this list to encourage you when times are bad?



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