THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 96th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: GOD’S PERVASIVE LOVE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: SEEING THE BIG PICTURE
Printed Text: Jonah 4:1-11 (NIV)
Key Verse: Jonah 4:11 (NIV)
And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People become displeased and angry when things do not go their way. How can we gain a larger perspective? Jonah discovered the wide breadth of God’s pervasive love.
Jonah was angry with God. We have all had our moments when we were angry with God. The Holy Spirit brings us back to our senses and we realize that God knows what is best for us. This lesson taught us that God does care for people. He would never do anything to harm us. Yes, we might get upset with God about losing our jobs or getting a bad health diagnosis. But we have to consider God’s provision and protection when these adversities come our way.
Loving God, you love us so much! You call on us to receive that love and to share it with others not like us, those we do not know, or even those who hate us. Keep us forever in your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.