Text: Jonah 1:4-16
Sermon: Rev. Anne Kennedy (Jonah and the Storm)
1. [v.4-5] The account shifts with a storm and Jonah sleeping below deck
while everyone on the ship is praying and preparing for the worst. Why
is Jonah, a prophet of God, literally sleeping on the job? What’s his
2. [v. 5] The sailors sacrifice their precious cargo in order to spare
their lives. How does their attitude and actions differ from that of
3. Jonah writes his account with an emphasis on direction. Twice
already, Jonah has been asked to “arise” or “get up,” while Jonah’s
response to it has “going down” and “sinking.” Why does Jonah write in
this fashion? What is Jonah trying to say about himself? What is he
trying to say about God?
4. [v.10] In the limited interactions Jonah has had with the sailors, he
has already told them that we was running away from God. Considering
that this isn’t what most people share about themselves in first
impressions, what would convince Jonah to share this with the sailors?
5. [v.7–10] After casting lots, Jonah describes who he is and who he
worships. The sailors become terrified. Why do they look to him to
solve their crisis?
6. [v.11-13] Jonah requests that he’d be thrown overboard, but the
sailors refuse his sacrifice at first, only to give-in later. Discuss some of the thoughts that the sailors might be having at
this point in the storm.
7. [v.13-16] God uses Jonah’s stubbornness and disobedience to produce
something good – namely to witness God’s power to the sailors. Has
there been a time in your life where God made something good from your