Active Faith

(I Kings 17:8-16; 10/13/19; Dr. Baines, Jr.)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God worked through Elijah and a widow to provide for both of them. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to understand and obey God’s will for our lives with confidence that He will take care of His own.

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Read I Kings 17:8-10a
I. Sent to Zarephath.

Applications –
- The word of the Lord.
Notice in vs. 8 that the word of the Lord came to Elijah. .....Let’s live like we appreciate having the word of the Lord.

- Hearing and obeying God’s will. Notice in vss. 9-10a that Elijah heard and obeyed God’s word. ..... Let’s strive to understand and obey God’s will for our lives.

Read I Kings 17:10b-12
II. Meeting at the Gate. 

Applications –
- The less fortunate
. Notice in vss. 10b-12 that there are some hurting people in this world. ..... Let’s work on helping the less fortunate.

Read I Kings 17:13-16
III. Faith in a Foreign Land.

Applications –
- Acting on God’s will and promises
. Notice in vss. 10b-11, 13-14 that it took a great deal of faith to ask a starving widow to take care of you first with the promise that God would take care of her...... Let’s work on prayerfully sharing the will and promises of God.

- God’s promises. Notice in vss. 15-16 that the widow obeyed, and God blessed as promised. .....Let’s obey like we believe God is a promise keeper.

Conclusion: Let’s work on understanding and obeying God’s will for our lives with confidence that He will take care of His own. God has much for those who obey His will.

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