The Phone Tree Bible Study: JONAH: Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer
The Phone Tree Bible Study Period: August 31, 2010 – October 12, 2010
The Phone Tree Time: 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM (EST)
The Phone Tree Format: Phone Conferencing, Online Chats, and Prayer Support
Objective of Study: Learn to view your life interruptions as divine opportunities for God to intervene.
Week 2 Phone Tree Focus: I AM JONAH (Session 1/Week 1 from book)
A Few Points from Priscilla:
– “Place God and His will in a position of significance.”
– “When we signed up to follow Christ, we automatically signed up to be open to ‘Divine Intervention’ – God interruptions.”
– “Making an eternal mark on earth should be our most important goal because God is not only the headliner of Jonah’s story but He’s also the title character of yours as well.”
– “Engaging in God’s will is not always comfortable or convenient, but it is worth it.”
Navigating (The Lesson Synopsis):
In Session 1 of this study, Priscilla opens with a description of a life interrupted. She paints a very clear picture of how unexpected interruptions can sometimes occur and even alter the life we may have planned. She immediately challenges us to look at how we deal with the challenges that come in our own lives and to consider how we respond when God’s will and plans are different from our own.
With each new day encountered in this study, Priscilla acquaints/reacquaints us with the prophet JONAH. She speaks of his background – his name, his religion, his family, his job, and his hometown. She then offers insight into the psyche of JONAH, helping us to gain some understanding on why he may have felt the way he did about the directive God gave him.
At the end of week 1, Priscilla encourages us to take a moment to record the principles that most impacted us and that might serve as navigation tools for our own “interruption” journeys.
1) Do you view interruptions as good or bad? Explain.
2) When your life is interrupted, how do you typically see your situation:
a. as a temporary inconvenience
b. as an opportunity for growth
c. as a moment for a God-encounter
d. all of the above
e. none of the above
3) How does Jonah’s story compare and contrast to your own story?
Splash Points (Take Away):
* What we want versus what God wants is the wrong way to view life. What God wants is the most important thing always.
* Divine interruptions should help us to change our perspective and see the glory of God revealed assuredly.
* God never wavers on what He wants His people to do; we are the ones who change.
* We are the work and possession of the LORD. We were created for His purpose.
* Interruptions are opportunities to participate in kingdom purposes.
Supplemental Devotional Activities
Devo JONAH phone tree-week 2, I AM JONAH…
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