Life Group Study Guide: Loved what you heard on Sunday? Want to go deeper? The life group study guide will help you unpack what you heard on Sunday, while diving deeper into God's word.
- In the past few weeks, have you found yourself coming to a point where you have said, “I’ve had enough?” Share with your group.
Context: Elijah was one of God’s greatest prophets. He was called by God to confront the evil King Ahab and lead the nation of Israel back to faith in God. While Elijah had experienced the power and provision of God in many miraculous ways, we discover even God’s most faithful can be overcome with fear and anxiety.
Read 1 Kings 19
- In verse 1, Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done. What had Elijah done? (See 1 Kings 18 for context.)
- Why was Jezebel so angry? Angry enough to threaten to kill Elijah?
- Elijah was a prophet of God. His job was simply to do what God said. It had gained him some great victories in the past. What made Elijah suddenly stop doing what had gotten him to this point in his life?
- What is significant about the place where Elijah had chosen to run to?
- In one of Elijah’s deepest moments of despair he prays, “O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” What does Elijah mean by this prayer, and how does God respond?
- After Elijah encounters an Angel of God, he travels to Mt Horeb. What is significant about Mt Horeb?
- At Mt Horeb, Elijah is asked a question by God, twice. Why do you think God asked Elijah this question? Did God need an answer or did Elijah need the answer?
- Why do you think Elijah repeats his complaint to God in verses 10 and 14?
- After each complaint, God tells Elijah to go do something – what was it, and what is significant about it? What was God trying to get Elijah to realize?
- Why do you think God choose to come to Elijah in a whisper, and not in the wind, earthquake and fire?
Make It Personal:
- On Sunday, Pastor Jason exposed four mistakes Elijah made. He ran himself into the ground, he shut others out, he focused on the negative, and he forgot his God. When you are in a season of worry, which one do you tend to relate to the most?
- Despite all of Elijah’s mistakes, he made one decision that reoriented him back to where God wanted him. What did he do? Where is a place that acts as a reminder for YOU of God’s past faithfulness?
- Pastor Jason made the point on Sunday, “Focusing on a future threat is the quickest way to forget God’s past faithfulness.” How have you seen this to be true in your own life?
- What are a few ways God has been faithful to you in the past few days?
- How has focusing on God’s past faithfulness given you the faith you need to face the uncertainties of this current season of life?
- What has God been teaching you through this week’s sermon, life group, or your own personal study this week?