Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)
- What are your plans for Mother’s Day?
- For a while, God used ravens to deliver food to Elijah. If you had an animal-food-delivery-service (and could control animals), what species of animal would you use?
- Who is one single parent you admire?
Being a parent is hard and being a single parent is really hard. Whenever we find ourselves in a difficult place, there are questions we naturally begin to ask God. The difference between isolation and an intentional community can be the difference between faith and forgetting God. Even in our lowest moment, what we need is not pity. What we need is encouragement – hope in human form.
What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?
One of the final pages in a recent USMC survival manual ends with the words “Remember – Your God loves you. Praise your God.” An essential part of survival includes a belief in a higher power! Why do you think belief in God and hope that He cares would be essential in a survival situation?
What does the Bible say?
Read 1 Kings 16:29-17:7
- Why did God send a famine on the land?
- Did Elijah personally do anything to deserve running out of water? If you were Elijah, how would you feel about this situation?
Read 1 Kings 17:8-16
- Why do you think Elijah told this single mother, “do not fear?”
- Both Elijah and this widow are powerless to fix their circumstances. How has Elijah’s relationship with God given him the ability to have hope – even in an otherwise hopeless situation?
Read 1 Kings 17:17-24
We don’t use the word ‘sin’ very often anymore and when we do, it’s typically someone being over-dramatic or a really intense conversation. That’s not how the bible uses the word thou! ‘Sinning’ (at least in the bible) simply means to miss a standard. If someone shows up late to a meeting, they ‘sinned’ because they committed to be on time. If someone wears socks with sandals, they’ve sinned against society’s sense of fashion (trust us). If someone makes a 69.9 on an exam and the passing grade is a 70.0, they’ve ‘sinned’ or ‘missed the standard.’ Christians often think of the ten commandments when it comes to “sin” but sin can just as much have to do with missing a standard for gelato as it can missing a standard set by God.
- When the widow says that Elijah has ‘reminded her of her sin,’ what is she talking about? Does anyone else in the story think she has failed to meet a standard, or is that only her perspective?
- How does Elijah enter into this woman’s world and identify with her suffering?
- Elijah had never been in this situation before. He had no plan for what to do next. In fact, as far as we know, what was about to happen had never happened before. How does God’s provision – the third time in our story – strengthen the faith of everybody involved?
Apply the Message, Own the Mission
The widow’s name Zarephath means “the crucible.” Have you ever found yourself in a crucible that God used to strengthen your faith? What happened?
How was Elijah able to help “the crucible?” What needs did he meet?
Spend 5-10 minutes as a group and identify someone who is in a crucible right now and identify how the group might move towards that person in love and meet needs. Identify one or two members of the group who can reach out to this person this week on behalf of the group. Be sure to set aside time next week to see how the conversation went and what next steps might look like!
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