This is lesson 2 of 4 in Jonah’s Guide to Mishandling the Good News, a bible study on Jonah. Step 2: Cheerfully Follow God’s Direction
- Main Point of the Passage: When Jonah was in the belly of the fish, he finally submitted to God’s command, and the fish vomited him onto dry land
- Main Point of the Lesson: We don’t have to wait until we hit rock bottom before we submit to God’s plan
- Main Application of the Lesson: Group members will submit to God’s plan
To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.
If you plan to use the optional homework, you’ll need two or three volunteers each week. A few days before your Bible study, choose two volunteers and give each of them one of the following assignments. Tell them you’d like them to take 3-5 minutes to share their work with the group.
Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.
Smile Question: If you could time travel to the 1700s and bring any modern invention with you, what would you bring?
Share Question: Have you ever tried to run from God? What did you learn from the experience?
Introduce the Passage: We don’t have to wait until we hit rock bottom before we submit to God’s plan. When Jonah was in the belly of the fish, he finally submitted to God’s command, and the fish vomited him onto dry land.
In chapter one, God told Jonah to preach against Nineveh, Jonah tried to flee to Tarshish. Instead of escaping God’s command, he ended up in the belly of a fish. Chapter two contains Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the fish.
Study Question: As we read through this passage let’s answer this question: how does Jonah describe his situation before he called out to God?
Possible answers include:
- Example: Jonah 2:1-2 distress, depths of the grave
- Jonah 2:3-6
- Jonah 2:7-10
Connect-the-Dots Question: What do you think Jonah learned about running from God?
Count-the-Cost Question: What types of excuses are you most likely to give when you’re trying to avoid God’s plan?
Let’s-Do-It Question: If you found yourself in the belly of a fish tomorrow, what do you think you’d have to give up before you got out?
Prayer: Every great movement of Christianity seems to begin with people confessing their sins and choosing to obey God in every area of their life.