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 LOVE FOR NINEVEH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: A WAKE-UP CALL
Printed Text: Jonah 3:1-10 (NIV)
Key Verse: Jonah 3:10 (NIV)
When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Communities today are wracked with separation and violence. What can bring people together to live in wholeness and peace? When the people of Nineveh repented, God brought peace and wholeness through divine love.
Does God really change His mind? We’ve heard the saying, “God’s delay is not His denial.” That is true for both blessings and punishment. Nineveh’s punishment was delayed 150 years, but it did come to pass. The same is relevant when Bible scholars argue the expression “once saved, always saved!” It leads some to believe that once they are saved, they have no need to worry. They are automatically going to Heaven. This is true, if a person is truly saved. While we can be fooled by people’s outward acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, God cannot. He knows our hearts. So we ought to view “once saved, always saved” in the context of God’s omniscience. He knows, and that is all that matters.
Merciful God, you love us so much. Your mercy is overflowing. You keep giving us chance after chance when we mess up. So, Lord, we pause to tell you, “Thank You” for your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.