Week of June 3, 2018

1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. 4 But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. 5 Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. 6 So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:1-6)

Main Points

- Most Christians like the word Gospel but have no real understanding of what it actually means. It’s not the first step in a stairway but the hub of all truth. “The gospel isn’t imply the ABC’s of Christianity, but the A-Z.” Tim Keller  In this series we’ll communicate that the Gospel is as much for Christians as unbelievers.

- To flee from God is to rise against God. It is stand-up, straight-out, in-you-face defiance against the One to whom we owe all loyalty and love. It means insisting that our way of doing things is better than God’s way.

- Our comfort is more important than we thought. Our obedience is more conditional than we thought.

 

Discussion Questions

1.) Talk about a time when you felt like you were running from God.

 

2.) Did you know, in the moment that you were in rebellion to the life that God had called you to live?

 

3.) In what ways do we try to legitimize or defend our choice to run from God in the moment?

 

4.) “There’s always a boat waiting to take you in the wrong direction.” What does this mean to you?

 

5.) Who are the people who are absolutely depending on you NOT to run from God?