Elijah: A Man of Faith - Week 3

 
 
 

Week 3 - Discussion Guide

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OPEN

Dan shared that he has been thinking a lot about the meaning of names lately with the birth of his son coming in December. What is the meaning of your name?

 

REFLECT

Read 1 Kings 18:1-40.

What is your key takeaway from this sermon? How did this sermon deepen your faith?

Dan stated that “Idols are just as common in Indianapolis as they were in Israel.” What are your thoughts regarding idolatry in today’s culture?

On Mount Carmel, God showed himself to be more powerful than the other gods the Israelites were worshiping. Describe a time in your life when God showed himself to be more powerful than something else you were giving devotion to.

Dan mentioned that “The Lord—he is God” was not only the meaning of Elijah’s name but was the message of his life. What message does your life proclaim? Are you living a life that proclaims Jesus as Lord?

Elijah asks the people in 1 Kings 18:21 how long they would waver between worshiping God and worshiping Baal. What happens spiritually when we divide our loyalty?

God performed this incredible miracle to turn the hearts of his people back to him. Have you ever been through a season in your life when you made a radical recommitment to the Lord? If so, describe it.

Dan gave us several questions to ask to help identify if there are any idols in our lives. Share your response to them.

  • What do you find yourself most often thinking about when you are not trying to think about anything? Where does your mind go to?

  • What in your life, if it were taken away, do you think you couldn’t live without? What, if it were removed, would make life not worth living?

  • Is there anything in your life that you want so bad that, given the opportunity, you would sin to get it?

  • Is there anything in your life that you want so bad that when you don’t get it, you sin because you didn’t get it?

Through Paul’s ministry, the gospel made such an impact in the city of Ephesus that it actually changed the economy and the culture. What do you think it would look like for the gospel to have an impact like that in our day and in our city?

 

APPLY 

What area(s) of your life still need to be fully surrendered to the lordship of Christ?

Is there any specific area in your life where you need to decide to renounce devotion and allegiance to something lesser and worship God alone?

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. Mediate of the lordship of Christ as you fully surrender all areas of your life over to him.

 

PRAY

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 you can be a fully devoted follower of Christ.

NEXT STEPS

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:

  1. 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.

  2. Check out the Elijah sermon page at thecreek.org/elijah for further resources to dive deeper into the life of Elijah.

  3. Check out the Dwell app. This is a new audio Bible app that keeps Scripture in your ears and on your heart. You can download this app on your mobile device. You can get more information about it at dwellapp.io.