Elijah – Just Like Us #1

September 12, 2021

Gathering Question

  • Share one of your favorite heroes of the Old Testament.

Gathering Prayer

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

James 5:17
Elijah was a man just like us.

  • What is your first reaction when you hear that Elijah was just like us?
  • How does it feel to be reminded that the heroes of the Bible had temptations, doubts and struggles just like us?
  • How do you think God could use people like that in such incredible ways?
  • What does that say about how God can use us?

1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

  • What do you think King Ahab thought when Elijah announced there would be no rain until Elijah said so?

Elijah spent his life calling the people to turn away from the false god, Baal, and to faithfully trust in the Lord, the God of Israel. One of the things that drew the people to Baal was that Baal gave them a sense of control.

  • How does it feel when things in our life seem out of control?
  • What are some of the ways we respond when things seem out of control?
  • What are some of the unhealthy ways that we try to control our life and the people and events of our life?
  • Why is it hard to trust God when our life seems out of control?
  • Why is it tempting to turn to other things for a sense of control?
  • What do you think of the idea that God puts us in situations that we have no control over to help teach us to trust him?

Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

  • How can money become a false god for us?
  • What are the dangers of allowing money to become a false god in our life?
  • How can money fail us? How is God more trustworthy than money?
  • What are some other things that can become false gods for us?

In the story of the Feeding of the 5000, Jesus calls the disciples to step out of their comfort zone and trust God to provide the people’s needs. In the same way, faith calls us to step out of our comfort zone and trust God.

  • What are some of the reasons it’s hard for us to step out of our comfort zone?
  • What are some of the things we risk when we step out of our comfort zone?
  • When we step out in faith, what are we saying about God? What are we saying about ourselves?
  • Why do you think we have big thoughts about God; yet when it comes to our own life and our own problems, our thoughts get small?
  • How can learning to trust God open us up to God’s big possibilities for our life?
  • What are some things we can do to learn to trust God more?

Closing Prayer
Confess your struggles with control and the things you are tempted to make false gods in your life. Recommit yourself to trusting God and ask God to teach you how to trust him fully and to open you to his big possibilities.