Jonah: Week 3

Jonah: God’s Mercy is Relentless
3 – God’s Will Be Done
4/26/15 (MS)


Key Scripture: Jonah 3

1. God is a God of second chances

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” – Jonah 3:1


2. God expects timely obedience

“Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim the message I give you.” – Jonah 3:2

“Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord.”  – Jonah 3:3

“On the first day, Jonah started into the city.” – Jonah 3:4

In order to fully obey God, we’ve got to fully abandon ourselves.


3. God always responds to true repentance

“The Ninevites believed God.” – Jonah 3:5

“When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, he took off his royal robes, and he covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.” – Jonah 3:6

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:  Do not let any man or beast or herd or flock taste anything; do not let them even eat or drink.” – Jonah 3:7

True repentance starts with words but results in actions.

“Who knows?  God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” – Jonah 3:9


Discussion Questions:

– Can you think of a time where you got a do-over?  What does it feel like to get a second chance?

– What has God called you to obey in recently? Why is fully abandoning so important to full obedience?

– Why is repentance key to receiving a second chance?  Do you forgive easily?  Do you ask for forgiveness easily?  Why or why not?

– Why is true repentance best seen in our actions?  Can you repent without changing?

– How can you take the message of the Gospel to your “Ninevah” this week?  Who are your currently praying for that needs to hear the good news?