One Hit Wonders: Tainted Love (Book of Jonah)

Free resources for youth pastors and small group leaders:
Jonah (mp3).mp3
Jonah (ppt).ppt
Jonah (handout).pdf
Jonah (sermon notes).doc
Jonah (service order).doc
I won’t do any small group questions with this lesson on Jonah. Our small groups this Sunday we be a promotion. All the students are promoting up to their next grade for the new school year. They will be getting new small group leaders and a new small group room. So this Sunday, I want all our small group leaders to focus on getting to know their small group students. I want all our small group students to focus on getting to know each other and their small group leaders.

The book of Jonah rocked my world! Talk about having a tainted love. Jonah had a very skewed view of love for God and for people. Jonah did not want to go and tell Nineveh about God’s forgiving love because Jonah didn’t want God to forgive them. Jonah knew that Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria…who was about to attack the northern kingdom of Israel and send them into exile. How could God forgive His enemies?! Jonah seemed to love God but hate Nineveh. I think our problem is the opposite. It seems to me that we don’t witness because we love people and hate God. Could that be your problem? Check out this study on the book of Jonah, listen to the podcast, and let God rock your world as well. He will use you as a great witness!

Here’s Your Sign: a sermon preached on Jonah by a high school junior

introcontentFree files for youth pastors:

Phillip – Book of Jonah – Here’s Your Sign (mp3)

Phillip – Book of Jonah – Here’s Your Sign (fillout sheet)

What will the future of student ministry look like?  Who knows!  Well, God knows.  I do think that the future of student ministry rests of the shoulders of current youth pastors.  The future of youth ministry will be bright if youth pastors focus most of their time and energy on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the authority of God’s Word.  Personally, I see the future of student ministry every week in the faces of a few students in our student ministry.  And the future looks bright!  Just last night, a junior from our student ministry preached on the entire book of Jonah.  No, the sermon wasn’t ultimately about fear, or obedience, or faith.  Rather, the sermon was ultimately about what Jesus said the book of Jonah was about: the death and ressurrection of Christ (Matt 12).  Phillip (the junior on Jonah) preached the passage of Jonah faithfully, then He pointed it to Christ clearly, and then he called our students to share the gospel convictingly.  Phillip is one of those teenagers who just gets it.  He gets why the all the Scriptures points us to Christ.  He gets how to communicate it.  With students in our ministry like Phillip who are called to be future youth pastors, I’m excited to see what God has in store for the future of youth ministry!