Jonah: The depths of grace
The story of Jonah and the whale is one of the most famous in the Bible: but its message is perhaps one of the most ignored.
It’s a story about storms and sailors, rebellion, and rescue, preaching and protest. And it’s a story about one reluctant evangelist’s experience of speaking to people who knew nothing about God. So its message has great relevance today for God’s people, living in an increasingly non-Christian culture.
Jonah’s story will encourage believers who find themselves ill-equipped to share God’s message with colleagues, friends and family: and it deeply challenges our priorities in life.
But most of all this is a story about God. The book of Jonah reveals to us the depths of God’s grace, both to “outsiders” and to “insiders”. It shows us God’s compassion for the lost and His patience with His wayward people.
Use this guide to uncover the wonderful message of Jonah, and to come face to face with the greatest evangelist of all—the Lord our God Himself.
Stephen Witmer understands grace. And he understands the book of Jonah. In his study guide, Jonah: The Depths of Grace, the story of Jonah opens to our mind and heart as the demonstration of the amazing grace of God long before Jesus ever came to pay the price that made that grace possible for sinners like the Ninevites--and especially Jonah. But there is a last chapter: "Jonah and Jesus." It all comes together and we are helped to see the big picture of the Bible--the depths of grace.
- John Piper, Pastor Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
Thanks, Stephen, for bringing Jonah to life. And glad to see there’s now a Good Book Guide focussing on it. We’ve used GBGs from The Good Book Company before with our small groups, and have been blessed by their faithfulness to Scripture, Christ-centeredness, and helpful application. Is this the first one you’ve written?
- Carl Collison, Gospel Coalition Website
- Chris Castaldo blog
- Stephen Witmer, Pastor, Pepperell Christian Fellowship, MA
The Good Book Guides have been developed to ensure that each session not only seeks to uncover the meaning of the passage and see how it fits into the big picture of the Bible, but also leads people to apply what they have learnt to their lives. Flexible and practical, the Good Book Guides are ideal for small groups, or individual study.
"The format is very user-friendly and the content is rich and accessible."
- Justin Taylor, Gospel Coalition blogger and Vice-President of Editorial, Crossway
"God-centered, application-oriented, and driven by the text throughout, this resource is a gift to God’s church."
- Matt Smethurst, Gospel Coalition reviewer and Master of Divinity student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Here at Covenant Life Church, we have greatly benefitted from the small group resources from The Good Book Company. Many small groups in our family life ministry have used "Colossians: Confident Christianity" in their study of scripture. Additionally, our youth ministry has used "Romans 1-5: God and You" in their small groups. Both resources were very easy to use, helped the reader engage directly with the scriptures, and had a wonderful pastoral emphasis demonstrated in all the questions.
- Dave Brewer, Youth Pastor at Covenant Life Church, Maryland
Table of contents
- Why study Jonah?
- 1. Running away - Jonah 1 v 1-3
- 2. Judgment and mercy - Jonah 1 v 4-16
- 3. Jonah's fishy faith - Jonah 1 v 17 – 2 v 10
- 4. Repent, relent, rage - Jonah 3 v 1 – 4 v 4
- 5. Lesson learned? - Jonah 4 v 5-11
- 6. Jonah and Jesus - Matthew 12 v 38-42
- Leader's Guide
|Dimensions||140mm x 210mm|
|No. of studies||6|
|Publisher||The Good Book Company/GBG|
Our group of ladies, mature in age and faith, has thoroughly enjoyed this study. It has revealed so much more (hidden depths!) in what we thought was a familiar story. It has encouraged, challenged and inspired us. Praise the Lord and thank you & Stephen Witmer.
People in cities need Christ
This study, with a mixed group of all ages, was excellent! So much more than a big fish! It really made us think about our attitudes to others. We were particularly drawn, living in London, to the needs in big cities. What are we doing as individuals about spreading the gospel?
We used this in our women's bible study group and we all loved it. It was great to get under the skin of an all too familiar story and discover the surprising message within. It was deeply challenging to our attitudes and the pace of the studies was just right. Highly recommended.
Very helpful for group (or personal) study
Used thsi to lead a Home group and found it very helpful and challenging in mnay aspects
Challenging and relevant study
This was used in our women's Bible study group. It was good to study in depth a story with which they were familiar. It raised a lot of challenges to our approach to mission today. The group is now going on to study another OT book using a Good Book Guide - Ezekiel