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September 22, 2011, 9:18 AM

New Sermon Series!

Here it is!  A new sermon series on the life of the prophet Elijah.  I have already mentioned this -- but I think it merits saying again:  This sermon series was a suggestion from the pew.  And, being the reasonable man that I am, I went along with the idea.  The more I thought about it, the more I was excited about doing a series like this!  As I have been preparing for this topic -- I have found it very enriching for my own purposes.  I hope and trust that you will find it likewise!

The accounts of Elijah and his protege, Elisha, form the core and center of the books of 1 & 2 Kings.  These books constitute a Divine response to the exiles in Babylon.  Do you want to know why you are cooling your heels in a strange land?  Well, let me tell you!  Better still.  better still.  Do you want to know how to get out of your predicament?  Well, let me tell about that too!

Elijah was sent to Israel to be a sort of godly foil to the hopelessly lost King Ahab.  Ahab was the icing on the cake for God's judgment on a rebellious nation.  (Ahab was the seventh king in the northern kingdom -- do the theology there!)  Elijah's ministry makes the reality of this judgment so perfectly clear.

In this sermon series, we will see the love of God in the midst of judgment.  We will see how God is relentless in his pursuit of us.  We will see how God's love extends to the entire world.  We will see how the ministry of this prophet points to the coming of God's ultimate expression of love, in Jesus Christ.

This should be good!

Check out the schedule below.  You will see what will be covered, as well as a dandy little chart to map the prophet's life.  This was initially my own sketch of the Elijah narrative.  I do this kind of thing to give me the lay of the land, so to speak.  I decided to share this with you!  Word of explanation:  The sermon title is directly above the text that will be considered that morning, eg. the first sermon, My God is Yahweh! will be from 1 Kings 17:1, and so on.  I will not be preaching specifically on the call of Elisha -- though, he will figure prominently in the final sermon, Super-Size Me!  (Hint: This sermon won't have anything to do with fast food.) 



Dates:  October 2nd – November 13th

Sermon Scope:  1 Kings 17:1 – 2 Kings 2:1-14


  My God is Yahweh!

  1 Ki. 17:1

  •   Arrives Suddenly as a Foil to Ahab.





  1 Ki. 17:1-24

  3 Year Drought Begins as Judgment on Baal Worship.

  Miracles for Widow of Zarephath:

  1) Bottomless Flour & Oil.

  2) Resurrection of Her Son.




  The Troubler of Israel

  1 Ki. 18:1-46

  • Elijah meets faithful Obadiah;
  • Prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel;
  • Drought Ends;
  • Runs to Jezreel.




  The PLMs

  1 Ki. 19:1-18

  • Flees from Jezebel;
  • PLMs;
  • Commissioning on Horeb

  1 Ki. 19:19-21

  •   Call of Elisha





  Her Name Was Jezebel

  1 Ki. 21:1-29

  • Naboth’s Vineyard;
  • Judgment on Ahab & Jezebel;
  • Ahab’s Repentance





  Fire From Heaven

  2 Ki. 1:1-18

  •   Confrontation with Ahaziah.




  Super-Size Me!

  2 Ki. 2:1-14

  •   Taken Suddenly Up in a Whirlwind.


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