Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jonah: Week 1

1.  In the light of God’s grace and mercy, why is it important for Christians to interact and love people who are not like us? 

2.  (1 Cor 1:26-30) How do we get to be Christians?  And how do we define ourselves?

3.  (1 Cor 1:26-30) How are Christians able to “do good” in the world?

4.  When we are not carrying out God’s will, how does God bring us back obedience?  How does God lead us back into acts of mercy, generosity and grace for others?

5.  How can God use blessings (as opposed to trials and sufferings) to call us back to repentance?

6.  Why does God choose people as the main way to spread the Gospel message?

7.  (Jonah 1:1-2) As an Israelite, Jonah probably sees Assyria (Nineveh) as evil, and Israel as a holy and God fearing nation.  God has a very different view on both cultures.  What makes a culture good or evil?  Is there a culture (past or present) that best exemplifies holiness and goodness?  

8.  (Jonah 1:1-2) Jonah is being called by God to do something that is very much against his culture.  When was the last time you had to do something uncomfortable or outside your level of expectation?  Briefly describe what it was and your feelings about it.

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