32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998

Skip Heitzig

Did you ever feel like you have gone too far or that God could never forgive you? This eight message series on Jonah is a refreshing reminder of the relentless love and grace that God showers upon His children, even when they don't go His way.


Table of Contents

1 Jonah 1:1-3 The Folly of Running from God
2 Jonah 1:4-16 The Long Arm of the Lord
3 Jonah 1:17 A Whale of a Tale
4 Jonah 2 Devotions out at Sea
5 Jonah 3:1-4 What Makes Revival Ripe?
6 Jonah 3:5-10 The Anatomy of Repentance
7 Jonah 4:1-4 God's Angry Young Man
8 Jonah 4:5-11 Did You Forget Something?



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: The Folly of Running from God
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 1:1-3
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2610



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: The Long Arm of the Lord
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 1:4-16
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2321



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: A Whale of a Tale
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 1:17
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2322

We have come to that verse that causes us to ask, "Fact or fiction? History or allegory?" This one single verse has caused a furor of theological and scientific debate for centuries. Emerging from this one verse are four great concerns to every Christian.


  1. The Great Abduction

  2. The Great Confusion

  3. The Great Anticipation

  4. The Great Commission

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Read 1 Peter 3:15. How does it relate to the story of Jonah?  How ready are you to give unbelievers good answers for their questions? What can you do to equip yourself?

  2. Have you ever viewed your periods of suffering as the hand of a gracious God preserving you, correcting you, or persisting to use you for His glory?

  3. How closely does your life reflect the truth of the Great Commission?



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: Devotions out at Sea
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2323

When someone speaks impetuously, we say that it was a "gut reaction". This prayer of the reluctant prophet Jonah was also a "gut reaction," although in this case Jonah was reacting to the whale's gut rather than his own! Finally this guy is talking to God. He's learned a few things. We can learn a few things too.


  1. He Prayed to God (vv. 1-9)

    1. When Jonah Prayed

    2. How Jonah Prayed

    3. What Jonah Prayed

  2. He Pondered the Lesson (v. 8)

  3. He Passed the Test (vv. 9-10)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Is prayer your primary response to a situation or is it a secondary one? When trouble comes are you prone to (l) fall apart, (2) call a friend, (3) complain and gossip, or (4) call on the Lord?

  2. Can you recall a situation in which you have "forsaken your own mercy"? What brought you around? What idols did you have to disregard? (v. 8)

  3. A secret to victorious living is to be able to bring closure to an episode of pain. It is crucial to be able to look back and thank God for His faithfulness in pursuing you and saving you. Do it!



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: What Makes Revival Ripe?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 3:1-4
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2324

Churches and Christian organizations have used the word "revival" typically to designate a series of meetings conveniently scheduled into the church calendar. Someone may announce, "We will have a revival beginning Sunday and lasting throughout the week!" But real revival is when God moves in the lives of His people, quite apart from any man-made schedule. Let's notice some things that make real revival work.


  1. A Messenger (v. 1)

  2. A Mess (vv. 2-3)

  3. A Message (vv. 3-4)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Do you remember the last time real revival took place in your own personal life? How and when did it come?

  2. It seems conditions are always ripe for a spiritual harvest that the need is always present. After reading Matt. 9:36-37, answer this question: How sensitive are you to the darkness and corruption of your own culture?

  3. How have you personally grown by the teaching of the Word of God? (Hearing what God tells rather than what a person feels or thinks.)



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: The Anatomy of Repentance
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 3:5-10
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2325

Repentance is one of those words that conjure up medieval images. But though there is certainly a serious side to it, the outcome of repentance is anything but somber. Let's see what real repentance looks like when it pervades an entire culture.


  1. The Prerequisite of Repentance (v. 4)

  2. The Partner of Repentance (v. 5)

  3. The Participation of Repentance (v. 5)

  4. The Proof of Repentance (vv. 5b-9)

    1. In Attitude - Humility

    2. In Action - Influence

  5. The Power of Repentance (v. 10)

Questions for Discussion:
  1. What kind of listener are you? Aloof? Detached? Deflecting? Self-examining? How could this determine how much truth, and therefore how much change gets into your life?

  2. Recall the last time your words or lifestyle brought conviction to someone's life to the point of repentance? What were some of the key things you said and did?



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: God's Angry Young Man
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 4:1-4
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2326

Who in the world could get mad at God for His love, forgiveness and mercy? Answer - Jonah could. In fact he got mad enough to almost take his pulpit and go home! This is a warning to anyone thinking that just exposure to God and His Word is sufficient. Today we'll examine this problem that many of God's people seem to have.


  1. His Doctrine about God

    1. Gracious

    2. Merciful

    3. Patient

    4. Loving

    5. Forgiving

  2. His Difficulty with God

    1. Mistaken Expectations

    2. Misplaced Anger

  3. His Dethroning of God

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Discuss your personal theology of God - what you know Him to be like. (His role in relationship between Himself and His Creation, His attitude towards people in general, etc.)

  2. Describe a situation when you were mad at God for something. Are you still mad? Do you really have a right to be? What would be the best thing to do with your anger?



SERIES: 32 Jonah - The God Who Won't Let Go - 1998
MESSAGE: Did You Forget Something?
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 4:5-11
URL: http://CalvaryABQ.org/2327

Memory is one of the keys that unlocks the future - unless we remember the past, we have no reference for making the right choices tomorrow. There is so much that we learn when we come to know God and yet, because of our tendency to forget, we may need to be reminded of something we have learned in the past. In the last verses­ of this book, God's prophet needs to be reminded of some key truths - so do we.


  1. He Forgot God's Control

  2. He Forgot God's Compassion

  3. He Forgot God's Calling

  4. He Forgot God's Concern

Questions for Discussion:
  1. Name two instances when God provided for you an uncomfortable situation. What did you learn about yourself? About God? About others?

  2. What happens when you forget how generous God has been to you? Where does that attitude show up the most?

  3. Are there any ways in which living a self-absorbed life has caused you to lose sight of God's global plan for mankind?

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