Sermon Discussion Questions
FOCUS: Joshua reminds Israel of all the good God has done on their behalf and then calls Israel to choose God rather than the idols of the generations and cultures around them; but he warns that choosing God is more difficult than mere assent—it takes life change and surrender; hence the emphasis on “serve the LORD”
FUNCTION: We will consider the level of our commitment and our attitude toward serving the LORD, and whether we have allowed idols to hinder the covenant bond He is seeking
Why is it so difficult to be a servant? Which do you find more difficult: having an attitude of service, or being treated like you are beneath someone? How do you avoid a sense of entitlement or pride so you can be gracious when someone actually treats you like you are a servant?
FOCUS: Jonah was called by God to call Ninevah to repentance, but his patriotic spirit would not allow him to fulfill what God wanted, which led to a lot of unhappiness in his life.
FUNCTION: We will consider where our true allegiance lies—with our country or our Kingdom—and what this means for our priorities as we fulfill the mission the LORD has given us.
Consider the things idolatry cost Jonah: Twice he leaves the mission field God placed him in; 3 times he is ready to die rather than watch God be gracious; He is full of anger, bitterness and unhappiness; He wound up bringing storms and loss into people’s lives rather than blessings. How has idolatry adversely affected your life, or the lives of those around you?