A Man of God (Cornerstone)
May 20, 2018 - Rev Paul Rasmussen
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- Elijah’s story takes place during a time of trouble. We’re told King Ahab, “did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.” (1 Kings 16:33.) What are the things you read in this story – and in other parts of Scripture that make God angry?
- What do you notice in your context at work, on the news, or at home that might make God angry?
- Have you ever felt nudged to speak out against something you know breaks God’s heart or makes God angry? What did you do? Is there something in your current context you may be asked to notice and respond to?
- Elijah enters a season of preparation for the work ahead by going to the Cherith Ravine. (1 Kings 17:3-7) What characterizes his season of preparation? When you face these kinds of circumstances, do you perceive them as a threat or opportunity? How might God be working in your life to prepare you to be used by Him?
Quick! Name the top three epic movies of all time!
What’d you say?
Star Wars? The Avengers? Lord of the Rings?
My guess is whatever movies you named, they all share something in common: A hero emerges in a time of trouble, discovers his or her power and goes to battle against Evil.
If you like stories like this, then you will love our new sermon series Elijah: Force of Nature. This week in worship, Paul and Matt preached straight from an epic Old Testament story found in 1 Kings 17-19.
Tune into the messages to set the stage for the Supernatural battle waged
During your First 15 this week, read 1 Kings 17 slowly – just a few verses each day. As you read, imagine the story. What puzzles you? What stands out to you? Is there anything that you have a particular reaction to? What does this story make you wonder about God?