Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Series: “The God of Living Water”

Sermon Text: Jonah 1:17-2:10

Other Readings: Ephesians 2:11-22 and Matthew 12:38-41

 

  1. Jonah had prejudice, and perhaps even some racism, against Nineveh which was a foreign enemy city of Israel (Jonah 4:1,2). What are some prejudices you have, and how do they display themselves in your life? Say a prayer, asking God to forgive you of those sins.

 

  1. What does the Second Lesson (Ephesians 2:11-22) have to say about issues of prejudice and racism?

 

  1. Examine Jonah’s prayer. What was the purpose of this prayer?

 

  1. In verse nine, Jonah declares that “salvation comes from the Lord.” Define “salvation.”

 

  1. Jonah’s prayer has a lot of similarities with many phrases from many Old Testament psalms. It’s pretty clear that Jonah had portions of Scripture memorized. Explain why it is very valuable to commit passages, hymns, parts of the liturgy, and catechism quotes to memory.

 

 

 

 

  1. Answers will vary from person to person.

 

  1. It says a lot to those issues! In summary, we ought to see every person as a soul whom God loves and for whom Christ died, no matter of race or background. As Christians, we understand that the only answer for the issue of prejudices and racism is Christ; he alone kills the hostility in our hearts and creates peace within those same hearts.

 

  1. The purpose of the prayer is to thank God that he had been rescued from drowning by means of a huge fish. Jonah isn’t really asking for anything; he’s simply thanking God for answering a prayer said while he was drowning.

 

  1. The Lord’s salvation is rescue or deliverance from sin, death, and the devil which our Savior Jesus accomplished for us.

 

  1. Memorized passages, hymns, liturgy parts, and catechism quotes help us gather and center our thoughts in moments of deep distress and unexpected joy. Jonah didn’t have a Bible with him as he was drowning or in the fish. But he still had God’s Word in his heart and mind. So, too, when you find yourself in unfamiliar situations – in sickness, during tense meetings, and near death – memorized portions of God’s Word guide your thoughts and give you things to pray.