Who is My Neighbor?

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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.

 

Connect:

 

  • How many of your neighbors do you know? What do you enjoy most about your neighbors? Least?

 

Dig Deeper:  

 

Read Jonah 1:1-10.

 

  • For the first two weeks of our study, we have focused our attention on Jonah’s relationship with God. Today we will shift our focus to Jonah’s relationship to the pagan, Gentile sailors. What do you learn about Jonah in comparison to the sailors from this passage?

 

  • In verses 5-6, what are the sailors feeling in this part of the story?

 

  • What actions do we find the sailors taking? Were their actions working? How might the sailors be a picture of humanity?

 

  • John Calvin observes: “Hardly any religion appears in the world, when God leaves us in an undisturbed condition. Fear constrains us, however unwilling, to come to God.” How might we see God using this fearful moment in the lives of these Gentile sailors?

 

  • How is Jonah portrayed in this part of the story? What kind of relationship does Jonah have with the other men on the boat?

 

  • What is the significance of the captain’s words to Jonah in Jonah 1:6? Compare the captain’s words to Jonah, and God’s words to Jonah in 1:2.

 

Make It Personal:

 

  • How is it possible for pagan, Gentile sailors to show more kindness and compassion then Jonah, a man of God, shows toward the sailors? How do we see this reality in the world that we live in?

 

  • Read Luke 10:25-37. How does the Parable of the Good Samaritan mirror the story of Jonah in relationship to the sailors? Who were the better neighbors in Jonah’s story?

 

  • On Sunday, Pastor Jason made the statement, “The world has the right to evaluate people of faith and our commitment to the common Good.” What do you think about that statement? Did the sailors have a right to judge Jonah for not caring about their wellbeing?

 

  • In your opinion, what hindered Jonah from being the man God had called him to be? What do you find hinders you from being the man or women God calls you to be?

 

  • In his sermon, Pastor Jason made the point, “Private faith is of no public good.” What do you think about that point? How do we see this to be true in Jonah or in your world?

 

  • What is one take away or insight that you have gained and plan on placing into action in your life?

Tags: faith, grace, jonah, neighbors, god's mercy

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