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Lesson Objective: To help students identify what running away from God looks like, and how to move toward living out God's will in their lives.
Scripture Focus: Jonah 1:1-9; 2:4-10; 3:6-10; 4:1-10
Overview: The Book of Jonah is one of the twelve minor prophet books in the Old Testament. (It's also one of three Old Testament books that are considered short stories, the other two being Esther and Ruth.) In Jonah, we see the Lord calling out to Jonah and giving him a simple message: go tell the people of Nineveh that judgment was coming. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, a cruel enemy of Israel. Of course, you know that Jonah wasn't too excited about carrying out God's plan. More than likely your students know this, as well. But through re-examining this familiar story, your students will discover that following God is always the most important thing, even if the end result is not to their liking.