Elijah, Week 2: In God Do We Trust
Week 2 - Discussion Guide
Gary describes how everyone goes through a “boot camp” experience. Have you ever experienced “boot camp?” Describe the transformation you experienced from going through “boot camp” in your own life.
What is something you learned from this sermon? How did this sermon deepen your faith?
Read 1 Kings 17:1-16.
Even before Elijah began boot camp, he displayed a lack of fear as he delivered the news of the drought to King Ahab. What does this reveal about Elijah’s faith?
Gary highlighted that Elijah’s boot camp experience could be described in two words: protect and provide. How do you see God’s protection and provision in Elijah’s boot camp experience?
What did Elijah learn through his boot camp experience? How does this experience speak into your life?
What is the importance of having a season of preparation or a boot camp experience?
Why is it difficult to trust God? What are the things in your life that hold you back from trusting God?
What has God taught you through your boot camp experience?
In what areas of your life is it difficult to trust God?
After identifying at least one area in your life, practice physically surrendering that area of your life to God. Place your hands out in front of you with clenched fists. Slowly open your hands and release all areas of your life to God. Meditate on the trustworthiness of God.
A breath prayer is a form of contemplative prayer that is linked to the rhythms of breathing. It is used to deepen one’s intimacy with God and is a wonderful example of praying without ceasing. Try praying Psalm 25:1 as a breath prayer this week. Breathe in the first phrase (In you, Lord my God) and breathe out the second phrase (I put my trust). Focus on being still in God’s presence, repeating the breath prayer several times as you rest in the trustworthiness of God.
This week pray that God would open your eyes to see the idols you have in your life and that He would help you rid yourself of them so that you can be a fully devoted follower of Christ.
From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, there is one thing that remained constant that we can learn from Elijah today: he was faithful through it all. That is something that, despite our circumstances, we can learn from him today. But to do that, we need help.
To go deeper in your relationship with God and others, here are some next steps for you:
Join us for Welcome to the Creek! This is a place where you can find out more information about who we are as a church. This experience occurs the 1st and 3rd weekend of every month in South Room 2 during the 11am service. If you attend Shelby Street, you can make an appointment for a Welcome to the Creek session.
Check out the Elijah sermon page at thecreek.org/elijah for further resources to dive deeper into the life of Elijah.
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