Jonah Brings The Word Of God - January 24, 2021

Bible Study “Jonah Brings The Word Of God”

 

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Opening Prayer: Forgiving God, we know that we all have made mistakes. Help us to say we are sorry, and assure us of your forgiveness. Amen.  

 

People send messages through radio, TV, computer, phone, text, letters, conversation sharing one on one, etc. God has given us many ways we can share the message of the Good News.

Questions:

Can you think of any other ways the message of God can be shared?

How do you share the message of God with others?

 

You can read the entire story of Jonah (whale and all) or just the verses assigned for today, the message of repentance and forgiveness are clear. God has sent his prophet, Jonah, to preach a message of warning to the people of Ninevah. Surprisingly, they listen to his message and repent. God changes his mind and chooses to spare the people from destruction. If only we were as quick to repent!

Understand that God provides second chances because He loves us all and wants us to turn to Him

 

Please open your Bibles to Jonah 3:1-5, 10 and read or read the scriptures below. 

 

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Reflection Questions:

  • How do you think Jonah felt when he was called to go to Ninevah?
  • Do you think he was surprised that the people repented?
  • How do you think he felt when God forgave them?
  • What would a messenger tell us if God sent them here?
  • What do you think repentance looks like today? Instead of sackcloth, what do we do to show we are sorry?

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

Song

“Peace Before Us” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA0Rmgl5rmw

Ubi Caritas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYe3taxWEyA

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

Jonah 3:1-5 | 10, Repentance At Nineveh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOCPAU1ybkU

Jonah 3 | Jonah Bible Story | Explained Dramatic Movie | Chapter 3 | Jonah Goes to Nineveh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooMQOiZZ6bo

Overview of Jonah - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLIabZc0O4c

 

Activities

Bible Quiz: 

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1877804/jonah-brings-the-word-of-god/

Game called “Who am I” guess the Bible character who shared God’s message and the results.   (Answers at the bottom of the page.)

  1. I spent 120 years on a building project preparing for a day that God was going to destroy the earth by water. People mocked me and ignored God’s warning and the only people who were saved from destruction were me and my family. Who am I?
  2. I preached to a crowd after God sent the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Over 3,000 people believed in Jesus and were saved. Who am I?
  3. I shared the message of the Good News before the Jewish religious leaders and their response was to stone me to death. Who am I?
  4. I rode in a chariot with an Ethiopian and explained how Isaiah teaches about Jesus and the Ethiopian believed in Jesus and was saved. Who am I?
  5. I was a missionary who travelled to different cities. Some people believed the Good News and some were angered by the message and tried to harm me. Who am I?

Art: Make “U-Turns Allowed” sign – think about times when you knew you were going the wrong way or doing the wrong thing and you were able to turn yourself around and do something different.  We are called to admit when we are wrong and change our ways. God is a God of forgiveness and mercy. Often, we need a reminder. So, this “U-Turn” sign may serve as your reminder.

Modern Messengers: Use paper that can be rolled into scrolls to write a message to the church today. How do you see the church doing God’s work in the world? What other needs does the world have that the church should respond to? Send them to Salem Lutheran Church, 401 East Military, Fremont, NE 68025 or drop them off at the church office. 

 

Prayer:  The Lord’s Prayer

 

 

Answers to the Game:

  1.  (Noah)
  2. (Peter)
  3. (Stephen)
  4. (Philip)
  5. (Paul)