A Perfect Storm

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues our series The Runaway Prophet with a sermon entitled A Perfect Storm focussing on Jonah 1:4-10.

Jonah 1:4-10
ICEBREAKER: Have you ever purchased something that you later came to regret? What happened?
1. Why was the captain of the ship angry at Jonah (v.6)? What did he think Jonah should have been doing?
2. How does Jonah’s description of God (v.9) make his attempt to flee seem foolish? How is this echoed in Psalm 139:1–12?
3. Do you find the message of Psalm 139:1–12 comforting or intimidating? Why?
4. Why were the men afraid when they heard Jonah’s answer (v.10)?
5. How is the storm in Jonah 1 an act of mercy rather than judgment? How have you seen God spare no expense in his pursuit of you?
6. When storms come our way, how can we look at them from a divine perspective? What should we ask from God in them?
7. What should Jonah have done in order to prevent this storm in his life? What things do you need to do in order to avoid an unnecessary storm in your own life?
8. What did you find helpful or challenging about the message?

The heart is the place where our life gets its direction.” ? Jim George