Grace Church Learning Guide
Week of November 3, 2019
Winning Back our Allegiance
THE BIG IDEA
God exists and is worthy of our love and devotion. This story illustrates how he desires to turn our allegiance back to Him. For us today, this looks like repenting for times that we do not give God our allegiance, and continually allowing the Holy Spirit and Word to renew our minds and cut off the things that lead us away from God.
Elijah was a man of complex emotion. He had seen, prayed for, and been a part of many amazing works of God that were miraculous in nature. And yet not many verses after this week’s passage, he is depressed to the point of asking God to take his life. What do you think and feel about this dichotomy? Is this encouraging? Discouraging? In what ways?
Do you think it would help you and strengthen your faith in God to witness an event like Elijah performed? Why or why not?
What events, relationships, or evidence have you experienced in your life that showed you the existence of God? How did this change your action and/or thinking?
Take some time this week to meditate on James 5:16-17:
So confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great effectiveness. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain and there was no rain on the land for three years and six months! 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land sprouted with a harvest.
The Story of Elijah in Narrative Style
Read the Bible Project’s blog topic: Human Kings vs. Prophets of God
Check out the Gospel Project’s application for this story: the God who always hears us
Check out this sermon from Ricky Jones taking a different piece of Elijah’s life: Elijah the Broken Servant (33 min)
Next week, we look at an allegory illustrating the self-destructive rebellion toward God that Israel is caught in through the book of Hosea. Read about it in Hosea 5:1-7; 11:1-5.