Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.
- When you meet people for the first time, what questions do you typically ask to get to know them?
Read Jonah 1:1-10.
- As Jonah and the Gentile sailors face eminent death, they cry out to their gods and cast lots to discover whose fault it was – and it was Jonah’s! The sailors begin to ask Jonah as series of questions. Why did the sailors ask these specific questions?
- “Who are you, Jonah?” was essentially the question these sailors wanted to hear answered. Who was Jonah? What was his identity at this point?
Jonah the Jew had become a curse rather than the blessing God desired. God called the Jews to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth (Gen. 12:1–3), but whenever the Jews were out of the will of God, they brought trouble instead of blessing. Twice Abraham brought trouble to people because he lied (v. 10–20; 20:1–18); Achan brought trouble to Israel’s army because he robbed God (Josh. 7); and Jonah brought trouble to a boatload of pagan sailors because he fled.
- God calls His people to be a blessing to all people. But Jonah was exactly the opposite. Why did his identity change from being a blessing to a curse?
- In verse 9, Jonah finally speaks. What is significant about how Jonah answers the question, “Who are you?” How would you evaluate Jonah’s testimony in Jonah 1:9?
- How did these sailors respond to Jonah’s testimony?
Make It Personal:
- Why do you think we tend to project a false self to the outside world? What is at risk if we simply lived as we really are?
- Do you have a place or a people that you feel like you can be truly yourself?
- David G. Benner, in his book The Gift of Being Yourselfstates, “Genuine self-knowledge begins by looking at God and noticing how God is looking at us.” What do you think God see’s when He looks at you?
On Sunday, Pastor Jason introduced Three Identity-revealing questions:
- WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?
- WHERE IS YOUR PLACE
- WHO ARE YOUR PEOPLE?
- How do you answer these questions personally?
- We learned the answers to those three questions from a biblical view point on Sunday. Review your notes. How does the Bible’s answer to these three questions differ from your answers, or the world’s answers?
Whenever we form our identity outside of Christ, we are trapped in what we might call a shallow identity. A shallow identity hinders us from truly knowing ourselves and others as they really are.
On Sunday two points were made:
- Shallow identity causes me to be blind to my flaws.
- Shallow identity causes me to be hostile to those who are different.
- How have you seen this to be true in you in yourself and in those around you?
- What is one take away that has impacted you as a result of this study?