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No one prepared you for a global pandemic. And chances are no one has taught you how to live or emotionally process the world we find ourselves in. We have come to believe our present moment in history is “unprecedented.”  This could not be further from the truth. These are not “unprecedented times. They may be new to us, however, history is replete with moments that left many anxious, troubled, and confused. And God’s Word gives us incredible guidance and direction. Join us for a new 5-part series as we look at the life of the prophet Elijah and learn how to navigate the normal we find ourselves in. 

Teaching Notes

Why is it that working hard in the areas that matter most hardly works?

 

A Character Study: The Prophet Elijah 1 Kings 17-19, 21; 2 Kings 1-2

- Date: 9th Century BC

- Name: my God is Yahweh

- Role: a prophet like Moses

- Ministry: bring spiritual & social renewal

 

In the Days of Elijah:

- Political Corruption: King Ahab & Queen Jezebel

- Spiritual & Moral Decay: Baal & Asherah Worship

- Severe Persecution: Prophets of Yahweh Murdered

- Extreme Natural Disaster: 3 Year Famine

 

The Showdown on Mt. Carmel: 1 Kings 18

- Elijah confront Ahab & the 450 prophets of Baal. (1 Kings 18:1-19)

- Elijah proposes a test to see who is the true God. (1 Kings 18:20-24)

- Elijah defeats the prophets of Baal. (1 Kings 18:25-40)

- Elijah prays for rain & the drought ends. (1 Kings 18:41-46)

 

Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

Elijah was afraid and ran for his life.

1 Kings 19:1-3

 

PRINCIPLE: 

After you have poured EVERYTHING out, there is NOTHING left to pour.

Elijah was a human being, even as we are.

James 5:17

 

PRACTICE:

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 4:23

 

The Streams of Influence:

 “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

Jesus [John 7:37-38]

 

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Emotionally Healthy Discipleship by Pete Scazzero

Out of the Cave by Chris Hodges

Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley

Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro

Scripture

  • 1 Kings 18-19
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