Live It Out – Committed to Outreach
Jonah 4
Dr. Jeffrey Clark  

The Big Idea: God challenges Jonah’s commitment to outreach.  

  • Jonah’s heart, v. 1-4.
  • The unpredictable plant, v. 5-8.
  • God’s commitment to outreach, v. 9-11.


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: This passage involves Jonah quarrelling with God. Think of a time when you had an argument with God. What was it about? Who “won?” What did you learn?

Digging Deeper:  

  1. Jonah finds himself angry and displeased (4:1), despite God’s favor toward the Ninevites. What could be the source of Jonah’s perception of rejection?
  2. In considering Jonah’s situation, Eugene Peterson describes his problem as a failure of imagination, a failure of heart. Where and when do you find God challenging your imagination and heart?
  3. God appoints a plant (4:6), a worm (4:7) and a wind (4:8) for a particular purpose in Jonah’s life. What is God’s purpose in Jonah’s life?
  4. God enters a conversation with Jonah. In the same way Jonah had pity over the death of the plant, so God had pity over the (prospective) death of Nineveh. What does this tell us about God’s love for our mountain community?

Taking it Home: This week, try an experiment with two dried out sponges, a plate and a pitcher of water. Place one sponge on the plate. Slowly pour water on the sponge until it’s completely soaked. Now place the second sponge next to the wet one, so the two are touching. Continue to pour more water onto the first sponge. As the first sponge overflows, notice how the second one gets wet, too. Think about how God has poured out His love on you. When you are close to others who have not experienced God’s love, how does the overflow from your life bless them in practical ways?


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.   


This is the weekend when our entire church family will make a commitment to the Lord to live it out in generosity and service.  

Please complete your response envelope and bring itforward at the designated time during our service.  

If you prefer to give or sign up on the churchwebsite, we still encourage you to come forwardtoday as a sign of your commitment.   


Between our Sunday morning services, there is a 15-minute window that will allow us to support our April series with prayer. We will meet in the Celebration Center at 10:20 AM to unite in asking God’s blessing and direction in the coming weeks. Let’s continue to live it out together!   


Aspen Ridge will have a Baptism Weekend on May 14/15. If you have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ and would like to explore participating in this ordinance, please contact pastoral staff by May 8.   


We are accepting nominations through May 8 for candidates to be considered to join the Elder Board. Forms are available in the church office. Contact an elder with any questions you may have.   


Please be in prayer about getting involved in Vacation Bible School this year, and make sure that June 20-24 is marked on your calendar. We’re taking it back to God’s Word with “Retro Rock,” featuring the music of Go Fish.


Girls’ Bible Study will meet on Sunday, May 1, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, in the Student Center. Lunch will be provided and the topic is “Spring and New Life in Christ.”  

DV8 Parents – we will have a very short meeting after services on May 14/15 where you can pick up all the paperwork your teen(s) will need for the upcoming summer trips. Thank you for noting these dates and planning to attend.    


During our April series, we are featuring a book by Eugene Petersen, The Unpredictable Plant, in our library (just past the office). This is a resource that Pastor Jeff has been referring to during this series; feel free to check it out if you are interested. We also have copies of The Treasure Principle available at the Welcome Center as a free gift to you, if you have not yet received your copy.   


The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 5, and activities will be located on the west steps of the State Capitol building in Denver. There is an opportunity for Aspen Ridge to provide practical support to this event. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Jeff.   


Dinner on Wednesday evening is at 5:30 PM. This week’s menu includes chili dogs, chips, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Don’t cook or clean, just come and enjoy with us!   


There is a freezer meal prep scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM. Orders and payments must be received by May 2, and the cost is $12 per meal. Please visit for menu selections and further information.    


Precepts (a women’s group) will begin a new 3-week study on May 7, 8:30 – 10:30 AM. This is a study in Titus and the workbooks are $6.75. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dottie Manchette at [email protected] or 303.697.9141.

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