Elijah, Just Like Us: Dealing With Power
It may not seem like it, but Elijah was just like us. While he did extraordinary things for God, he had to deal with them in the most ordinary ways. Studying Elijah, we can learn how to navigate the things we encounter in everyday life.
These questions are meant to challenge you in each of our Four Commitments: PRAY, SPEAK, GROW, LOVE. Use these questions to further explore the message.
Pray: Pray the prayer this week everyday at dinner that Sy taught you all to pray in his sermon: "Father, help me face THAT power today, not by MY power, but by YOUR power."
Speak: Is there someone in a position of power that God is calling you to face today? Is there something in your life that has power over you that God is calling you to face? What is keeping you from speaking about these powers with others? with God? speaking to them directly?
Grow: Set a date three months from now, six months from now, or one year from now. Commit to overcoming the powers in your life that are keeping you down by that date.
Love: When we confront power, the result is that enemies are created in positions of power (Jezebel and Ahab) but God also gives us comrades in positions of power (Obadiah). How do both of these groups in power cause you to Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself? How do you love those in power who become your enemies? How do you, like Elijah, care for those in power who become your comrades?
SERIES READING PLAN
May 26 Dealing With Power 1 Kings 17:1-6, 18:2-15
June 2 Dealing With Needs 1 Kings 17:7-24
June 9 Dealing With Religion 1 Kings 18:16-40
June 16 Dealing With Depression 1 Kings 19:1-18
June 23 Dealing With What’s Next 1 Kings 19:19-21
June 30 Dealing With Death 2 Kings 2:1-14