A Story of Elijah
Pg 203-207 of “The Story” & 1 Kings 12-18
Think About This: At particularly low spots in Israel’s history God sent messengers (prophets) like Elijah to deliver messages to restore their faith in Jehovah God.
Understand This: We are sent as well to deliver the message of faith and hope in the only true God whom we KNOW!
Do This: Faithfully speak and live the message of Jesus.
“Doing Right by God”
As Told about Asa
Pg 195-201 of The Story; 1 Kings 12-18
Pastor Jim Stegman
Think About This: When Israel’s Kings led the people to worship gods other than Jehovah, the nations divided and their story was dominated by evil, war and idolatry.
Understand This: Worship of Jehovah is central to the harmony and success of God’s people. When this is compromised everything else falls apart.
Do This: Follow Asa’s example and get rid of anything that would “arouse God’s anger”
Pages 177, 186-89 & 192 of “The Story”
Taken from 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles & Proverbs
Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Think About This: God’s great gifts to Solomon included wisdom, wealth, & fame. But the greatest gift was the keys to a relationship with God: repentance, humility, prayer & change.
Understand This: God has given to every Christian community the same keys to a relationship with God.
Do This: Understand & use the keys to maintain a relationship with God.
As Told by Young David.”
Pgs. 145, 149, & 151 of “The Story”
1 & 2 Samuel
Think about This: Young David learned to trust God as powerful in helping his people.. He learned this in nature among the sheep.
Understand This: It is a crucial matter how our heart is shaped to trust God.
Do This: look for signs of God everywhere. Learn to use spiritual weapons in spiritual battles.
“The Tragedy of Giving Up on God”
Pg 135-138, 141 of The Story
1 Samuel 1-4; 8-13;15
Think About This: Before King Saul God had governed Israel through spiritual leaders. In asking for a king (political leader) Israel was rejecting God as their king.
Understand This: It was a great tragedy for Israel to choose political power over spiritual power.
Do This: Listen to and obey God’s Spirit as the One who now governs God’s Kingdom, the Church
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday Night!!!
“The Faith of A Foreign Woman: As Told by Ruth”
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
The Story, pgs. 121,122,123 &127
Pastor Jim Stegman
Think About This: The Story of Ruth is a delightful and unusual account that presents a bright spot during a very dark time for Israel.
Understand This: God is the main actor and we are His supporting cast.
Do This: Gove praise and thanks that we are included in God’s story and purpose to do all that he instructs us to do.