Series: Better

Are You More Like Jonah Or Jesus?

Dig In Questions:

Read the book of Jonah (c’mon...its only four chapters)

1) Has God ever asked you (or nudged you) to do something difficult? How did you respond to this?

2) Why do you think that Jonah was so opposed to taking the message of God to the city of Nineveh?

3) During Sunday's teaching, this quote was shared: “You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” - Anne Lamott. Why do you think that Christians struggle with seeing people the way that God sees people? What can you do to help eliminate this from your own life?

4) Jonah had to wreck his life in order to once again turn towards God, yet God's mission for Jonah never changed. Why do you think God uses imperfect people to tell others about His perfect love?

5) In chapter 4, we see that Jonah didn’t believe that evil people deserved a chance to be forgiven by and to follow after a good God. What group(s) of people have Christians become known for rejecting? How do you think God feels about this?

6) On Sunday, we posed this question: Are you more like Jonah or more like Jesus? If you are more like Jesus, then you won't withhold God's love from anyone. With that being said, who do you need to reach out to and love this week?

Abraham & Isaac

Dig In Questions:

1) What is one of the most difficult things that God has asked you to do? Is God asking you to do anything difficult right now?

2) On Sunday we discussed how: “Great things are in store for Abraham if he can just stay out of his own way.” What are some ways that you seem to get in your own way on your faith journey and what do you need to do in order to change this?

3) As impatient people we often see that Gods plan for our lives conflicts with our impatience. We don’t get what we want when we want it, but instead when God wants us to have it. Has your impatience ever conflicted with Gods plan for your life? What was that time like for you?

4) At the age of 99 God reinforces his promise to unfaithful Abraham. Why do you think that God was so patient and with Abraham after many years of disobedience?

5) Why do you think God tests us? How has your faith been tested before and how did this effect you?

Two Gardens

Dig In Questions:

1) Temptation can be defined as “The desire to do something that God sees as wrong”. Do you think that Satan still uses temptation today? If so, how have you seen this play out in our culture?

2) On Sunday, we talked about how “Temptation is almost impossible to overcome when we focus more on what God has forbidden than what God has provided.” How can focusing on what God has blessed us with help us to avoid temptation?

3) Read Galatians 5:13. How could someone use their freedom to satisfy their sinful nature?

4) Read Matthew 26:36-46. If you were Jesus, what emotions would you have been feeling during the time before his arrest? Which would have been easier - obedience or disobedience?

5) Jesus told Peter to overcome temptation by “being alert” and “praying.” How can being on the lookout for temptation and prayer help to overcome temptation?

6) Read Hebrews 4:14-16. What does it mean to you that Jesus understands the temptations that we face? Does this give you more confidence in how to approach him and ask for his help?

Jesus In The Old Testament

Dig In Questions:

1) What has your experience been with the Old Testament (first 39 books of the Bible)?

2) Read 1 Corinthians 15:14. Why do you think the resurrection of Jesus is so important to Christianity?

3) On Sunday, Josh said, “We will never experience the hope that Jesus offers if we focus on our problems more than we focus on our Savior.” How can focusing on Jesus in the midst of our problems guide us towards hope?

4) Read Luke 24:25-26. Why do you think Jesus was so upset with his followers for not believing scripture? Why is believing scripture important to our lives?

5) Read Luke 24:27 and John 5:39. Why is it so important to see that the Old Testament is pointing humanity towards Jesus?

6) In light of Jesus’ words and today’s questions, how should a Christian approach the New Testament?