Let Sunday’s message have a continuing effect throughout the week."
Takeaway Truth from Sunday’s message – God Pursues Us No Matter What.
Bible Passages - Take time this week to read the entire book of Jonah at one setting
(It’s short and easy.)
What stuck with you from Sunday’s teaching? Why?
What questions came to mind as you considered the Bible passage and message?
We have three tendencies when holding on to sin: avoiding the issue, lessening prayer/communion, diminishing our view of God. How have you seen these played out in your own life? What is your “favorite sin management” strategy? ;)
Read Psalm 32 and notice the psalmist’s distress before he acknowledges his wrongdoing.
Rosemary Nixon writes, “Words give substance and clarity to thoughts and feelings. Through the spoken word we communicate, not only with others but also with ourselves. Through our words we articulate attitudes, sensitivities and yearnings which might otherwise remain inchoate. It is truly said that confession is good for the soul. … Articulating who we are before God is a crucial step in knowing who we are and being empowered to move on.”
What aspect of confession to God or others do you find most challenging?
Matthew 5:20-26 calls us to pursue reconciliation when we are at odds with someone. What has been your experience with this?
God speaks to each of us in ways that are unique to us. Read John 11:17-37. What do Martha and Mary both say to Jesus? What is his response to each of them? From what we know of these women from
Luke 10:38-42, how might his communication fit their personalities and unique needs?
What is it you appreciate about God as revealed these passages?