ヨナ書 全ての人のための恵 #2 from Mustard Seed Osaka on Vimeo.

Small Group Study:
The story of Jonah contrasts God’s heart and desires with Jonah’s heart and desires. God’s grace is for all people: those inside your circle and those outside. Let’s reflect how our hearts may differ from God’s heart as we look at the story of Jonah.  

Read Jonah 4:1-4 "But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. And he prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the LORD said, “Do you do well to be angry?”"  

Jonah was displeased that God showed grace to his enemies, the people of Nineveh. What kinds of people are “inside your circle” and what kinds of people are “outside your circle” (social, societal, demographic, political, ethnic, etc)? 

Changing our actions will often lead to a change of attitude and heart. How can we cultivate a heart like God’s heart for those outside our circle? 

Read Jonah 4:6-11 "Now the LORD God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the LORD said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”"

Jonah cared more about the plant dying and his own discomfort than he cared for thousands of people dying and going to hell. What do you care more about than people dying and going to hell? 

God cared deeply for the 120,000 people who did not know him in Nineveh (4:11). God cares deeply for the 19,400,000 people living in Keihanshin (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metro area). God blessed Jonah so that Jonah could bless Nineveh with the knowledge of God. Likewise, may God bless our church so that we may be a blessing to the city!  

Look at Psalm 67. How do we as a church hope to be blessed in order to spread the love and gospel of Jesus to our city? Pray about these things.