HMC Youth: Jonah 1:17-2:10

Hey HMC Youth!

Hope you had a great Easter! We are having Youth Group this Friday on zoom as usual.  

The passage for this week is Jonah 1:17-2:10, take some time to read it and connect with God. 

As Jonah was being thrown off the ship into the raging sea, I imagine that death felt like the most probable outcome.  The situation is grim as Jonah hopelessly sinks into the deep, dark water. Jonah is out of strength and out of options, and as that reality settles in, he remembers God and cries out.  Doesn’t it seem like we are often completely backed into a corner and out of other options before we finally surrender to God?  But then, just like Jonah in the fish, God is faithful to provide a space for us, safe but not always comfortable, where we can repent and renew our trust in God.  When things don’t go as we plan, can we recognize that maybe “our plan” isn’t God’s plan, and that the lack of action is actually a safe place that God is providing so we can seek Him?

As you read and reflect, here’s some questions for you to think about.  We will explore them more at youth group on Friday night.

1.    After reading the text, what thoughts or details jump out at you right away?
2.    Spend a bit of time praying about and reflecting on the text.  What is God bringing to your attention?
3.    How does this passage apply to your life?

See you Friday!

HMC Youth: Jonah 1:7-16

Hey HMC Youth!  

The passage for this week is Jonah 1:7-16, take some time to read it and connect with God. 

Imagine being on the ship with Jonah as the situation turns from frightening to hopeless. The professional sailors have done everything in their power to save the ship from being destroyed and nothing works. The storm grows more and more violent, to the point that the sailors are made aware of a universal force much stronger than anything they know. As soon as the sailors are made aware of this incredible force they submit to it, ready to make a deal or do whatever it takes to save their own lives. But Jonah knows exactly who this great force is. Jonah ran from God, and now realizes that turning away from the God of life is the same as turning towards death. It is now obvious as Jonah faces death that comfort in this worldly life is much less important that security in eternal life. The decision isn’t too hard anymore; continue running from God and face death and eternal separation form God, or surrender, facing possible death, but falling into the arms of a loving and all powerful God.

As soon as the unbelieving sailors recognized this powerful storm was the work of God, they were ready to surrender. Compare that with how long it takes Jonah to reach the point of surrender even though he knew very well the power of God. It seems like Jonah had grown numb and took for granted the great power of God. Can we relate to growing numb to the greatness and power of God in our lives? 

As you read and reflect, here’s some questions for you to think about.  We will explore them more at youth group on Friday night.

1.    After reading the text, what thoughts or details jump out at you right away?
2.    Spend a bit of time praying about and reflecting on the text.  What is God bringing to your attention?
3.    How does this passage apply to your life?

See you Friday!

HMC Youth – Jonah 1:4-6

Hello HMC Youth!  

We hope you are having a fantastic start to your week! It was so great to see you last Friday, and we are looking forward to youth group again this Friday.

The passage for this week is Jonah 1:4-6, take some time to read it and connect with God.  

This week we see just how committed Jonah is to running from God, and also how committed God is to pursuing His people At first it seems crazy… how could Jonah possibly sleep through a storm so severe that the ship was about to break into pieces? Imagine the creaking, cracking and groaning of that big old wooden ship, and the violent crashing of cargo inside the ship as the waves thrashed the ship around. But pause the story and consider the storm going on inside of Jonah. Anger, bitterness, confusion and hurt swirled in Jonah’s mind. The God that Jonah loved and trusted had asked him to do something that was totally unreasonable to him and it wasn’t fair! Now he was running from the friend he trusted and nothing made sense anymore. Why did any of it really matter? Like Jonah, do we ever get so caught up in the storm going on inside of us that we become oblivious to the storm happening around us, and forget our ability and responsibility to do something about it? Storms are certainly happening in our society, do we need to wait for the unbelieving captain of the ship to come shake us awake to take action?     

As you read and reflect, here’s some questions for you to think about. We will explore them more at youth group on Friday night

1.    After reading the text, what thoughts or details jump out at you right away?
2.    Spend a bit of time praying about and reflecting on the text.  What is God bringing to your attention?
3.    How does this passage apply to your life?

See you Friday!

HMC Youth – Jonah 1:1-3

Hello HMC Youth!  

We hope you are enjoying the sunshine and warm weather this week!  Friday night will be the official start of our 8 week study on the book of Jonah.  

The passage for this week is Jonah 1:1-3, take some time to read it and connect with God. 

 Imagine what Jonah, a prophet of God might have felt. Maybe he had ideas of how God would use him to teach, lead and rebuke his chosen people, the Israelites, who were more than a little stubborn and rebellious.  But when God spoke, rather than a message of rebuke to His chosen people, God told Jonah to go deliver this message to the evil Assyrians. Why was God trying to spare the evil Assyrians of Nineveh, the enemy of the Israelites? Was God giving up on His chosen people?

As you read and reflect, here’s some questions for you to think about.  We will explore them more at youth group on Friday night

1.    After reading the text, what thoughts or details jump out at you right away?
2.    Spend a bit of time praying about and reflecting on the text.  What is God bringing to your attention?
3.    How does this passage apply to your life?

See you Friday!