- Students will learn God expects us to obey Him.
- Students will learn God expects us to warn people of the consequences of disobeying Him.
- Students will learn God wants us to be happy when people turn away from their sin, even if we don’t like them.
- Students will review how to write and give a convincing speech.
Guiding Question: How can we give a convincing speech like Jonah?
Materials: Paper, pencil
Procedure: Review the story of Jonah from the scriptures above. Emphasize the importance of obeying God to show honor and love to God while also avoiding negative consequences. Explain that God desires the best for us and wants us to always obey Him even when we do not understand His plan. God wants us to live the best life and be joyful in following Him. As Christians, we should love others and also warn them of the type of consequences they may have for disobeying God. By helping others and warning them, we can help them turn away from their sin and turn toward God.
Introduce the activity. Talk with the students about public speaking and what it entails. Often public speaking is done by people who know a lot about a topic or are passionate about a topic. Have the students write and give a short speech trying to convince the people of Nineveh to repent of their sins.
Additional Questions: How can students practice sharing Jesus with others?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students write and share of speech about Jesus and the joy of being a Christian.