Grace in Pursuit: Adversity

Grace in Pursuit: Adversity

Grace in Pursuit: Adversity
Jonah 1:4-6

Introduction

This Sunday, we will dig a little deeper into Jonah 1 looking specifically at verses 4-6 where the great storm arises and the ship’s crew is frantic while Jonah remains calm in the hold of the ship.  This section of Jonah has many similarities to Jesus calming the storm in Mark 4:35ff and Mathew 8:23ff.

Jonah 1:1-17  (NASB)

The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. Then the sailors became afraid and every man cried to his god, and they threw the cargo which was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone below into the hold of the ship, lain down and fallen sound asleep. So the captain approached him and said, “How is it that you are sleeping? Get up, call on your god. Perhaps your god will be concerned about us so that we will not perish.”

Basic Outline for Sunday’s Message

Jonah 1:4-6
Grace in Pursuit: Adversity

  • The Lord in the Midst of Adversity (4)
    • God Creates Adversity
    • God Uses Adversity
  • Pagans in the Midst of Adversity (5a)
    • Pagans Look Upward
    • Pagans Look Inward
  • Believers in the Midst of Adversity (5b-6)
    • Assurance of God’s Plan
    • Assurance of God’s Character

Study Questions

  1. Can God be the source of adversity? why or why not?
  2. What is the difference between good and evil?
  3. Why do you think Jonah remained calm in the hold of the ship considering the terrible storm about him?
  4. Why do you think there was such a different response from the pagans than there was from Jonah?

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