JONAH & THE BIG FISH
BOOK OF JONAH
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3-4
Like God showed mercy to Nineveh, He shows us mercy through forgiveness in Jesus.
God is merciful.
Ask your child to retell the story of Jonah using their own words.
- What did God tell Jonah to do? Did Jonah obey?
- What is “mercy?” Why did God show mercy to the people of Nineveh?
- Read today’s key verse out loud. How does this verse remind you of today’s bible story? What does this verse tell us about God?
- Think about a time you needed forgiveness. Did someone show you mercy? How did it feel?
- What does the bible say about us forgiving one another (see Matthew 6:14-15)? Why is it important for us to forgive other people?
- Have you ever been too angry or hurt to forgive somebody? What happened? What should you do if you need help forgiving someone?
- The bible says that Jesus came to forgive sin. How can we have Jesus's forgiveness? (see 1 John 1:9)
To affirm someone is to tell them what you know to be true about them. We can see affirmation used to uplift people in Scripture. (ex: Paul’s letters to the churches; see Philemon 1:4-7).
Take this time to encourage each member of your family through affirmation.
How do you see them becoming more like Jesus? What makes you thankful for them? Share these things with one another now as a family.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank you for forgiveness
You are patient and merciful
Please help me to forgive other people, because you’ve forgiven me
In Jesus’ name, amen
THIS MONTH’S FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: OBEDIENCE
As a family, go through the following questions…
What does it mean to obey?
Who are some people in your life that you are supposed to obey?
How can we see obedience in this story?