Jonah – God’s Great Purpose #18

Welcome to week 18 of the God’s Great Purpose series. This week we are exploring the book of Jonah. There are a number of different ways we’ve put together to do that, so we hope you find something that helps you.

Introduction to Jonah

Here is a short video we’ve produced to set the scene for Jonah. If you want to see all the videos so far in the series, the playlist is here.

Daily Reading Plan

As well as the main passages from Obadiah looked at in the sermon, here are 7 daily readings that together help to give a bigger picture of God’s Great Purpose in the book of Obadiah. The dates are suggestions for people following the whole Bible reading plan.

7th June – Jonah 1:1-17
8th June – Jonah 2:1-10
9th June – Jonah 3:1-10
10th June – Jonah 4:1-11
11th June – Jonah 1–2
12th June – Jonah 3–4
13th June – Jonah, the whole thing!

Bible meditation

It’s good to read chunks of Scripture, but it’s also good to read small sections and dwell on them, allowing God to speak through them to us. Below is a simple method to use to guid you through a process of meditation, and some suggested verses from Jonah to use. There are no ‘set days’ when we recommend you do this, so please use these as and when you wish.

Follow these simple steps, and use them to reflect on the passage (for a fuller description of the process, click here.) Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the whole process.

Pray, asking God to meet you through His word.
Read, slowly and a few times.
Meditate, turning over what you’ve read in your mind. Are there certain parts that stand out? Dwell on them.
Pray, bringing your reflections before God, asking what it might mean for you.
Listen, giving God a space to bring into focus what He is ministering to you.

The passages we sepcially recommend are Jonah 2:1-10 and Jonah 4:2, but you might like to use other verses too.

Study Notes

If you would like to lead a study based on the book of Jonah, whether that’s as part of a Gold Hill Life Group or in any other way, we’d be delighted to give you some notes to help. You can download them by clicking here.

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