Jonah: Review

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LESSON SUMMARY

 
Briefly go through the story of Jonah via pop quiz or pictures.

Summarise the main Christ-focus lesson from each chapter:

  • Jonah didn’t want to go to a wicked city;
    Jesus came willingly to save wicked people.
  • Jonah offered his life to pay for his disobedience and save the lives of all the other sailors;
    Jesus gave His life to pay for our sin and save our lives. 
  • Jonah was in the fish’s belly for 3 days;
    Jesus died and rose from the dead after 3 days.
  • We are forgiven because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
  • Jonah wanted justice; God gave grace.

 

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Jonah: God’s Heart

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LESSON SUMMARY

 
Jonah wanted Justice. God gave grace.
Jonah was angry that the wicked Ninevites didn’t get the punishment they deserved.
Jonah forgot that God also gave him grace — he was disobedient to God.
ALL of us have sinned; all of us deserved punishment. But God, in His grace, did not give us what we deserved. Instead, through Jesus, He made us right and made us family.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)

 

God’s heart is one of grace and compassion.
Even Jonah recognized that when He complained to God: I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. (Jonah 4:2)
Many people think of God as someone up there waiting to zap us with lightning if we do the slightest mistake. Every time there is a disaster (or “calamity”), they call it, “an act of God” or that God is punishing the people.
But they do not realise that our God is gracious. Our God is compassionate.
He is NOT an angry God — He is slow to anger.
He is a loving God — abounding in love.
He is a God who relents from sending calamity — the Act of God was to send His Son to die for us on the cross instead of judgment and punishment for all of us.

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We are important to God. God cares for you and me.
The leafy plant sprang up overnight and died overnight. Jonah was sad and angry when the leafy plant died, even though he did not plant it or make it grow.
God created all 120,000 of the people of Nineveh and all the animals in it. He cared for all of them.
Jesus reminded the people to look at the beautiful flowers in the field as a reminder that God cares for us and we don’t have to worry about anything.
“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? (Matt 6:30)

 

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Jonah: God’s Mercy

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LESSON SUMMARY

 
When Jonah announced God’s judgment on the city of Nineveh, the king and the people all called out to God, begging for forgiveness and promising to change their wicked ways. The king said, “Maybe God will have mercy on us. Maybe he will forgive us, and not destroy our city like we deserve.”

God is a God of mercy. But for the Ninevites, they were not sure. They had a big “maybe” … if we are good and don’t do bad, maybe God will have mercy and forgive us.

Can you imagine living your life with a big “maybe”? Maybe God will forgive me! Maybe God will still love me!

Thank Jesus that today, we don’t have a big “maybe”. We can know that God loves us unconditionally and forgives us completely because of Jesus’ death on the cross.

Jesus took the punishment we deserved, so we have all the blessings we do not deserve (grace!).

When we realise that we’ve done all these wrong things and deserve punishment, we can call onto God and we know He will forgive us all our sins — past, present and future — so we can live for Him every day of our lives!

 

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Jonah Prayed (Jonah 1:17-2:10)

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LESSON SUMMARY

 
Jonah was in the fish’s belly for 3 days, just as Jesus was in the tomb. Jesus died and rose from the dead after 3 days.

Jesus said in Matthew 12:40, For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”.

When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, he saved us from the death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies and whoever who believes in me will never die”. (John 11:25-26)

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Jonah: God chased him (Jonah 1:4-16)

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LESSON SUMMARY

 
God knows where we are!

Just like Jonah could not hide from God, we cannot hide from God. He knows us inside out. His eye is on the smallest sparrow, and His eye is on us. He loves us and will pursue us even when we choose to go our own way.

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Jonah: Running from God (Jonah 1:1-3)

Categories: Children's Church

LESSON SUMMARY

 
Today we’re going to start looking at the Book of Jonah.
The Book of Jonah reads like a fairytale. But it is a true Biblical record.
It is named after the prophet Jonah.
And as we go through the book over the next few weeks, we’ll see a beautiful story about God’s grace!
 
Note:
Jonah tells the story of the God who would go to the worst of sinners. The God who would pursue the most stubborn of prophets. The God who would give His life to save many.
In the first chapter of the book “Give them Grace: Dazzling your kids with the Love of Jesus”, the authors use an example of how to use (and NOT to use) the story of Jonah when teaching our kids.
Do check out that chapter here.
 
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