Jonah 1

God is sovereign over all. 

Bulletin for: 
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Order of worship: 
Discussion Questions: 

Sermon Review

  • In Jonah 1, we see three realities about God.
    • God is good and His commands are good even when they don’t make sense to us.
    • God sends His sovereign storms to do good by getting our attention, bringing us back to Him and sometimes just to deepen our character.
    • God substitutes Himself in our place to take God’s righteous wrath.  He is a God of mercy and grace. 

Discussion Questions

  • How does self-righteousness affect Jonah? 
    • Because He believes that some people do not deserve mercy and grace, what does Jonah do and not do because of his self-righteousness?
  • How does self-righteousness keep you or the church from demonstrating grace and mercy to others? 
  • Where do you see a form of self-righteousness operating in our secular culture?
  • Which sacrifices are difficult for you to make in order to love your neighbor? (time, finances, emotional overload, etc.)
  • Which of your ‘neighbors’ do you think God might be calling you to love more consistently and sacrificially?
  • How do you keep a vision of the God of mercy and grace front and center so that you will be empowered to love your neighbors well?
Church notes: 

We Rest on Thee

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender! 
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Rightesouness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling, 
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
"We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go."

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, THine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.