Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints

Iain Duguid
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This small group guide includes ten in-depth lessons for one-to-one discipleship, small group, or large group settings. Explore this resource and find a God who relents, a God who is sovereign, and a God who is present among the mercies and trials of life.

Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints offers Scripture-based, theologically rich content with an easy-to-follow structure to engage readers. Duguid explores how we are more like Jonah than we might think, bringing the text to life by examining our own motives and affections.

Duguid doesn't leave readers in the judgment and spiritual arrogance of Jonah. He shows us the good news that the Lord is in charge, even over those who try to run from him.

With rich discussion questions, exercises, and articles to encourage thoughtful responses to the text, this study guide helps readers see Jesus more clearly in the themes found in the book of Jonah.


Iain M. Duguid received his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1992, his MDiv at Westminster Theological Seminary in 1989, and his BSc at the University of Edinburgh in 1981. He's the author of Ezekiel and the Leaders of Israel, Esther & Ruth, Daniel, and Song of Songs in the Reformed Expository Commentary, as well as Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints, among many other titles. Duguid is a professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married for over thirty years and have six adult children.

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"Jesus puts the cookies on the lower shelf. He spoke directly: 'Who do you say that I am?' He spoke simply: 'You serve either God or money.' He spoke personally: 'Simon, son of John, do you love me?' Similarly, in this book, Iain Duguid puts the cookies on the lower shelf. He connects the Bible and your life with directness, simplicity, and personalness. You will be blessed."
David Powlison, Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

"Be warned: This may be the most uncomfortable Bible study your small group has ever tackled. Look honestly at the ugly heart of the prophet Jonah—self-righteous, explosive, sulking, despairing, compassionless, resentful, self-focused—and you will see yourself reflected in that mirror. Be encouraged: Jonah's patient, gracious, and merciful God sent Jesus into death's depths and raised him again to extend amazing grace to Nineveh, Jonah, and you."
Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary, California

"This slender volume contains everything needed for a life-changing study of the book of Jonah. First, it is rigorously biblical as it comes from the careful pen of Iain Duguid, distinguished Old Testament scholar and pastor. Second, it is redolent with Christ-centered application. Third, each chapter is structured with a uniquely wrought format that maximizes the application to the heart. Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints is a one of a kind and will grace the life of the church!"
Kent Hughes, Sr. Pastor Emeritus of College Church in Wheaton; visiting professor of pastoral theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

"Studying the Bible is all about listening: listening to the text, listening to the life situation surrounding the text, listening to the community that comes together around the Word, and most of all, listening to the silence of the Spirit, the chief Interpreter of the text. Iain Duguid's Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints is the first study I've ever seen that takes into account this entire range of engagement."
Michael Card, Bible teacher; songwriter

"Nothing is more vital to our intimacy with Christ than spending time with him in his Word. But a lot of Bible studies stop short and only deal with concepts and ideas and never really speak to our hearts. That's why I'm so excited about this series. Each author writes about the unique gospel insights he or she has gained from Scripture and has created a small group study that will help people actually encounter Christ and be changed by the power of his grace. God has used this material powerfully in my life, marriage, and ministry, and that is my prayer for you as well."
Bob Osborne, Executive Director, Serge

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  • 5
    Jonah; Grace of God for saints and sinners

    Posted by Dana Stroud on 11 19 2023

    Wonderful study that my Bible study is looking forward to doing.

  • 5
    Excellent study

    Posted by Sue on 04 01 2022

    Our group learned so much from this study. Great questions for discussing and applying. We finished with a greater understanding and love for the book.

  • 5
    Jonah is a Bible character who has always interested me. I have studied it before and read other books on and about the book, but couldn't pass up reviewing this one. Each lesson contains these parts: Big idea: a summary of the main point Bible co

    Posted by Mark Buzard on 12 28 2019

    Great Bible study

  • 5
    A study of God's character

    Posted by Lori H on 11 25 2019

    Jonah: Grace For Sinners And Saints is a 119 page softback book. It is designed as a small group Bible study with the overarching purpose of not just learning about Jonah but to discover God and his saving grace and power. It is also designed to help the student learn to see others who need God and share God with them, as Jonah did with the Ninevites. It is best if each participant has their own study guide. While designed for discussion and small groups or Bible classes, I found it easy enough to use individually and was able to learn a lot on my own. I really like the way this is set up. I appreciate that the Bible is the dominant text referred to in the study and that the author’s article expounds upon that without replacing it. So often, we find the author’s words being the focus rather than God’s words. This series seems to be doing a great job of keeping the focus where it should be: God’s Word. I do wish the Leader’s Notes were integrated with the chapters, though I understand why they are not. If I was a participant in a group study, I think I would like them being at the back. However, doing the study as an individual, the notes being at the back means I often forget about them when doing each section so I lose out on that information being helpful to me. Salvation Discussion Since this is an Old Testament book, there is not as much of a discussion about the process of salvation for you and me but rather the process of God sending his message of necessary repentance to Ninevah. The focus of the study of Jonah is more on the power and sovereignty of God, the need for repentance, and understanding the nature of God rather than on the element of eternal salvation through the New Testament covenant. I did not note anything of concern in this study.

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    Jonah, the Ninevites and God's Grace

    Posted by Jill Potts Jones on 11 12 2019

    "Jonah: Grace for Sinners and Saints", a study in "The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible", written by Iain M. Duguid, tells the story of Jonah and Nineveh and shows us God's heart toward all peoples and nations. This ten-week study can be used in small groups or individually and teaches us how this Old Testament story fits in with the gospel message. God's love and grace is prevalent in Jonah not only for Jonah but also for the Ninevites, showing us that God cares for all and offers His grace to everyone. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Growth Press through Audra Jennings PR. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • 5

    Posted by Bethany on 11 07 2019

    Jonah: Grace for Sinner and Saints is a study guide with leader’s notes, and it is from The Gospel-Centered Life in the Bible series. The goal of this study guide is “bigger than merely to study the book of Jonah. You will also keep your eyes on Jesus and the good news of God’s love and power to save you as well as learn how that power takes you beyond yourself to love others – especially those who don’t yet know Jesus.” The book contains eight lessons, and each lesson starts with a big idea and a Bible conversation. The Bible conversation section is a suggested scripture reading and some discussion questions about the scripture being read that day. Then, there is an article written by the author to extend your thinking about the passage that was read. There is also a discussion section to encourage interaction in a small group, and the lesson ends with wrap-up and prayer. There are leader notes in the back of the book. After reading through it, this is a study that I would love to lead and/or participate in with a small group of ladies. I would recommend this study guide for use in a small group, for those who want to dig deeper into their Bibles. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, New Growth Press, in return for an honest review.

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