Matthew 16:18 (NLT2) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church (Ekklesia), and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
1 Peter 2:21 (NIV) To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT2) The LORD gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the LORD. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the LORD by sailing to Tarshish.
Jonah 3:1 (NLT) Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time:
Before hearing today’s message, what were your ideas about being “called?”
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” means: a) Following Jesus is no picnic. b) If you’ve got any reservations, now is the time to get out. c) It’s going to cost you everything. d) Shape up or Ship out. Talk it over with your small group.
Read Jonah 1:1-3. What seems both fitting and surprising about God’s command (v. 2)? About Jonah’s evasive effort? Why do you think Jonah disobeyed?
Jonah runs away in response to God’s call. How does that compare to how other prophets responded? (see 1 Kings 17:1-6; Jeremiah 1:4-10)
When have you “run away” from God—refusing to do something you know he’s telling you to do? Where can you escape him? (see Psalm 139:7-12)
Reflect on Jonah 3:1. When has God given you two chances? To be or do what? To witness where? When have you ignored a second chance? Why?
In messages liberally sprinkled with humor and filled with straight – and sometimes tough – talk, Kevin reaches out to people with God’s message of grace and love.