Leading "The Book of Jonah" Bible Study Featuring Eric Mason

The Book of Jonah Featuring Eric Mason

You can find The Book of Jonah Bible study series on RightNow Media, here.   

Over the course of 8 verse-by-verse sessions, pastor and author Eric Mason expands our vision to see that Jonah's story is our own. Far more than a thrilling Sunday school adventure, it offers a profound glimpse into the conflict that occurs when God calls resistant believers to His mission. More importantly, it underscores the depths of His compassion not only in redeeming the lost, but redeeming those He has called to participate in His reconciling work. 

Dr. Eric Mason is the co-founder and Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia. In addition to his role at Epiphany Fellowship, Eric serves as the president of Thriving, a ministry dedicated to aiding ethnic minorities to be resourced and trained for ministry to the urban context. He also serves on the boards of the Acts 29 Network and Reach Life Ministries. Check out The Book of Jonah Bible study trailer below for an overview of the study.  

At the end of the day, God is less concerned with what we do for Him than who we are in Him. Few figures illustrate that truth better than Jonah. Focused on the prophet rather than his prophecy, the story of Jonah gives us a picture of a man on the run due to his own selfish desires. Instead of showing mercy to his enemies, he determined to keep God's grace to himself rather than share it with those he considered undeserving. Can you relate? 

Listen to Eric's advice to leaders.

Eric said this series deals with heart issues. How could you provide space for your group to talk openly about their deepest problems? What could you to make them feel safe sharing with the group?
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What are some of the heart issues you are dealing with right now? How might your struggles help you empathize with the people in your group and better lead discussion?
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Eric mentioned how the message of Jonah touches on all points of our lives—from politics, to the local church, to our own hearts. What might it look like to keep group conversation open to these topics without wandering from Scripture into debate?
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Eric warned against merely rushing through the information from Jonah and skipping application. What sorts of questions could you ask to challenge your group to engage at a deeper level? How could you drive them to specifically apply the biblical principles from Jonah to their lives?
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Jonah teaches us that God uses extraordinary circumstances to break our hearts of selfishness, convince us of His tender care, and unite our lives to His glory.  Spend time preparing to lead your group through the story of Jonah. Use the Leader's Guides as a starting point to a thorough understanding of Scripture and intentional group discussion. Pray for God to move in profound ways in your life and in the lives of your group members as you study Jonah.  

You can find The Book of Jonah Bible study series on RightNow Media, here.