Lesson 11: May 14, 2017

God’s Love Preserves: Jonah 2

Teaching Strategy: Explore the transition in Jonah 2:6-7 from despair in the face of certain calamity to gratitude for God’s protection and preservation. Relate this dramatic reversal of fortune to similar incidents in Scripture and/or in the personal experience of the participants.


Even when Jonah was in the belly of the fish, God was able to hear his prayer and God rescued him. The prophet had reached his lowest point, but at the last possible moment God lifted him up. Jonah responded with a song of thanksgiving.

Invite volunteers to share connections between their own experience(s) and those of Jonah. When have they felt at their lowest? In what ways have they called out to God? How have they felt God’s presence – or been assured that God heard their prayer(s)? In what ways did they feel protected and/or rescued by God? What changed their cry into a song of thanksgiving? To whom did they give thanks? How would their lives be different if they lived with such gratitude every day? Last but not least, how might they be called to work with God to rescue others in need?

The stories of rescue and/or hope below may help participants to generate their own stories or simply add to their understanding of the richness of the human experience that God has given to all of us.

Spring 2016-17 Theme: Love

Unifying Principle: People experience being rescued from dire circumstances and are thankful. Whom do we thank in these circumstances? Jonah acknowledges with thanksgiving that it is God’s love that protects and offers deliverance.

Posted on: May 8, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing