Sermon Discussion Questions - Maddening Mercy (Jonah 3:10-4:5)

Jun 22, 2020

About the Sermon

Welcome to Turning Point Church of Galveston's sermon discussion questions for the sermon titled "Maddening Mercy" based on Jonah 3:10-4:5. In this thought-provoking sermon, we delve into the timeless biblical story of Jonah and explore the depths of God's mercy, even in the face of man's disobedience.

Introduction to Jonah

The book of Jonah, nestled in the Old Testament, serves as a reminder of God's relentless pursuit of His people. Jonah, a prophet of Israel, is called by God to deliver a message of repentance to the people of Nineveh. However, instead of obeying God's command, Jonah attempts to flee from his responsibility and finds himself in the belly of a great fish.

Jonah's Encounter with Mercy

Despite Jonah's disobedience, God shows him incredible mercy by preserving his life within the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. This miraculous event leads Jonah to repentance and a renewed commitment to fulfill God's command.

The Message of Jonah

The story of Jonah brings to light the tension between God's justice and His mercy. As we explore Jonah's journey, we are challenged to examine our own hearts and recognize the areas where we struggle to extend mercy to others. Just as God's mercy is maddeningly unending, we too are called to go beyond our own desires and extend mercy to those who may seem undeserving.

Discussion Questions

1. Reflecting on God's Mercy

  • How does Jonah's experience in the belly of the fish illustrate God's mercy?
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where God's mercy overwhelmed you?
  • How can remembering God's mercy in our own lives influence the way we extend mercy to others?

2. Wrestling with Mercy and Justice

  • Why do you think Jonah struggled with the idea of God extending mercy to the people of Nineveh?
  • How do justice and mercy intersect in our own lives?
  • In what ways can we strike a balance between justice and mercy when dealing with others?

3. Extending Mercy to Others

  • What are some practical ways we can demonstrate God's mercy to those around us?
  • How can we overcome the common barriers that hinder us from extending mercy to others?
  • Share a personal testimony of a time when you extended mercy to someone and witnessed its transformative power.

4. Embracing God's Maddening Mercy

  • What steps can we take to embrace and embody God's maddening mercy in our own lives?
  • How can understanding and accepting God's mercy help us grow spiritually?
  • Discuss practical ways we can cultivate a spirit of mercy within our community.


In conclusion, "Maddening Mercy" offers a profound exploration of God's unending love and grace. By delving into the story of Jonah, we are reminded of the transformative power of God's mercy and challenged to extend it to others, even when it seems undeserved. Let us embrace God's maddening mercy in our own lives and be agents of change within our community, sharing the transformative power of His love with those around us.

Malik Watson
The message of Jonah's story is more relevant today than ever.
Nov 10, 2023
Joao Salgado
Great insights on God's mercy in the story of Jonah!
Nov 8, 2023
Barbara Sullivan
This sermon helped me see mercy in a new light.
Nov 7, 2023
Benjamin Lobue
The questions make it easier to apply the sermon's teachings to my life.
Oct 17, 2023
Jeannie Cowan
I was moved by the exploration of God's mercy in the sermon.
Jul 31, 2023
Vasy Lacatus
The sermon gave me a lot to ponder.
Mar 26, 2023
Shelley Vanderweil
Maddening mercy is a concept worth exploring.
Dec 3, 2022
Nicky Borcea
God's mercy truly knows no bounds.
Oct 22, 2022
Estefano Taoia
The sermon helped me understand the complexities of God's mercy.
Sep 20, 2022
Andrew Grage
Such an important topic to discuss in today's world.
Jun 7, 2022
Dennis Cook
The discussion questions really drive home the message of the sermon.
Feb 16, 2022
Vincent Florio
It's amazing to think about God's unwavering mercy, even when we least deserve it.
Jan 7, 2022
Ajit Gangadharan
This sermon made me think deeply about my own understanding of mercy.
Dec 30, 2021
Kay Bearden
The sermon made me consider how I can extend mercy to others as well.
Oct 15, 2021
Debbie Richardson
A great reminder of the power of God's mercy.
Jul 15, 2021
Jeff Childers
Thank you for the thought-provoking sermon discussion questions!
May 15, 2021
Lucas Paul
I've always found Jonah's story fascinating. This sermon gave me a new perspective.
Apr 16, 2021
Victoria Gardiner
Insightful sermon! Really made me think about the concept of mercy.
Apr 8, 2021
Saranya Babu
The questions provided a great framework for reflecting on the message.
Mar 24, 2021
John Childs
Looking forward to engaging with these discussion questions.
Mar 20, 2021
George Edginton
Good stuff here! It's always beneficial to explore God's mercy.
Mar 11, 2021
Ed Terrill
The concept of maddening mercy is indeed profound.
Jan 2, 2021
Samantha Howland
The sermon provided a fresh take on the story of Jonah.
Dec 31, 2020
Kenika Murray
I appreciate the focus on exploring God's mercy in the story of Jonah.
Dec 17, 2020
Kevin Meza
The sermon gave me a lot to reflect on.
Dec 13, 2020
Virginia Johnson
Really appreciate the insights shared in this sermon.
Nov 12, 2020
Anna Salvadore
The discussion questions will make for a great conversation.
Nov 7, 2020
Channing Barringer
Can't wait to discuss these thought-provoking questions with my small group.
Jul 14, 2020