25 Oct Family Devotion – Jonah, Prophet to Nineveh
GATHER EVERYONE FOR WORSHIP AND PRAY
Get everyone’s attention by playing a song. Gather around the dinner table, on the couch, or another comfortable location that works for your family. Open in prayer and ask God to bless this time.
MAKE IT FUN.
Kids will look forward to family devotions if we can make it a fun and engaging time for everyone. Try out one of these activities this week.
1. Watch this short video about the 10 largest whales in the world. Introduce the story of Jonah and the whale.
2. Download and print this Jonah word search.
3. Have your child write down jobs/acts of love God wants him/her to do. Have him/her randomly draw a card once a day this week and do the job. Remind your child that God wants us to obey right away.
READ THE STORY.
Read directly from the Bible, use a children’s Bible, or summarize the story in your own words. The Bible story this week is from Jonah 1-4. Here is the gist of the story:
1. God sent Jonah to warn Nineveh about their sin.
2. Jonah ran the opposite direction.
3. God used a giant fish to get Jonah back on track.
4. Jonah was angry because God showed mercy to the Ninevites.
ASK THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
1. Why do you think Jonah sailed away from Nineveh?
2. Why did God show mercy to the Ninevites?
3. What ways does God show mercy to us?
DISCUSS THE CHRIST CONNECTION.
God called Jonah to go to his enemies and call them to turn away from their sin, but Jonah refused. Instead, he ran away. Later, God sent Jesus to His enemies to call us to repentance. Jesus willingly obeyed. Jesus died on the cross to rescue us from sin.
1. God cares about all people, even those we don’t like. We should also care about all people. Encourage your child to make an effort to show love for someone outside of his or her group this week.
2. God is in control of nature. Jonah learned that God controls the weather and the animals. In light of our recent hurricane, remind your child that he/she can trust God even during the storms.
3. God wants us to obey immediately. Jonah first ran from God and it brought him great suffering. Eventually he did what was right. Remind your child that God wants him/her to obey God the first time.
Singing is an important way to reinforce and memorize important biblical truths. Our worship pastor has provided links to songs your kids will actually hear in our worship service each week.
CLOSE IN PRAYER.
Take a moment to recap what you’ve learned and ask God to help you believe and obey the truths of the Bible. Pray for any other needs you are aware of as well.
*The majority of this content is provided on our take home page and teachers guides included with The Gospel Project curriculum.