CoGro Discussion Q's - Jonah 1:3b-4
The story of Abraham Piper shows us that we are never out of reach of God's love. Is there someone in your own life that you love that seems to be out of reach of God's love? Have you ever been that person?
Jonah ran from God by disobeying his clear word. But often times we aren't even sure what God's word says because we fail to read it. What are some of the obstacles you face when you approach reading the Bible? How might you help each other overcome those?
Sometimes we go on the run from God because we can't see the larger purposes in his commandments, or because we feel like the clear commandment will either do us harm or keeps us from doing something beneficial. Which of God's commandments confuse you? Which of them do you feel like are more harmful for you than good?
Have you ever opened your Bible at random and asked God to speak to you through whatever verse you put your finger on? What about asking God for showing you some kind of sign for what you were supposed to do next? How did that go?
In the sermon we said that no matter how far away from God you've run, he will always come after you. However, his love's pursuit may be more like a storm than we might like. Have you ever experienced God's "loving storm" in your own life? Are you experiencing one now?
Ultimately, Jesus would bear the storm of God's wrath upon the cross for us. How does that change the way you look at life's storms? How does it help you face them? How can that help you help each other face life's storms?