Small Group Study:
The incredible story of Jonah teaches us that God's grace is for all. God extended his grace to the sinful people of Nineveh. And God extended his grace to Jonah, saving him from his own bad ideas. 

Read Jonah 1:1-4 "Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD. But the LORD hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up."  

Like a loving father with stubborn and foolish children, God, in his faithful love and unconditional grace, works all situations, even our sinful and foolish choices, for our good.  

Read Romans 8:28 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."  

Q: Has God ever ruined your plans for the better? 

God's grace comes in surprising ways!

Read Jonah 1:17 "And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days、 and three nights."  

Q: God brought grace to Jonah through a fish. Through what means has God brought grace to you?

Jonah initially ran from the task God called him to.  Q: What is God calling you to do in daily life?