Story of Jonah: God’s Mercy and Our Obedience

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Title: The Story of Jonah: God’s Mercy and Our Obedience


The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known stories in the Bible, but it’s not just a story about a man who got swallowed by a big fish. It’s a story about God’s mercy and our obedience. In this sermon, we will explore the themes of disobedience, repentance, and mercy in the book of Jonah.

I. Disobedience (Jonah 1:1-17)
A. God’s call to Jonah
B. Jonah’s disobedience and flight
C. The consequences of disobedience

Transition: Jonah’s disobedience led him into a difficult situation. But he also learned that disobedience has consequences.

II. Repentance (Jonah 2:1-10)
A. Jonah’s prayer of repentance
B. God’s response to Jonah’s prayer
C. Jonah’s deliverance

Transition: Jonah’s repentance led him to a new understanding of God’s mercy.

III. Mercy (Jonah 3:1-10)
A. God’s call to Jonah, again
B. Jonah’s obedience and preaching
C. The repentance of the Ninevites and God’s mercy

Transition: God’s mercy was not just for Jonah, but also for the people of Nineveh.

IV. Obedience (Jonah 4:1-11)

A. Jonah’s anger at God’s mercy
B. God’s response to Jonah’s anger
C. Jonah’s lesson in obedience


The story of Jonah is a powerful reminder that God’s mercy is available to all who repent and turn to him. Like Jonah, we may sometimes struggle with obedience, but we can learn from his story and strive to follow God’s call. Let us pray for the grace to be obedient and to trust in God’s mercy.


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