"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out." -- Matthew 12:20, Isaiah 42:3
We all have times when we feel weak or faithless. We all have times when we are weak or faithless. We can be "walking wounded," unwilling to step out in faith, seeing obstacles more clearly than we see God. It's great to know that God is gentle, and he wants to heal and strengthen us, making our Christianity satisfying, meaningful, and better than the best it has ever been. In this class we will be strengthened and encouraged while we strengthen and encourage others. Whether you feel weak, strong, or a bit of both, join us and grow.
Part 1: God is My Strength
Passage/person: 1 Kings 18:16 – 1 Kings 19:18 / Elijah
Memory Scripture: 1 Timothy 1:12, "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service."
Key thought: God was in the gentle whisper.
Points to Discuss:
a) Elijah had great faith one minute, and was running away the next. Why? Are we like that?
b) What was God showing Elijah when He chose the gentle whisper, instead of the loud/powerful/impressive/impossible-to-ignore events?
c) Where did Elijah get the strength/courage/faith to follow God? Where do we get the strength/courage/faith to follow Jesus?
d) What are some examples of how Jesus has given you strength?
a) Who is someone not taking the class you will share with about this lesson?
b) Who is someone taking the class you will fellowship with at least once this week and talk about the class?