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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, February 18, 2018)

“And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.” – Bob Dylan

You know that movie scene where someone is peering into the distance, the music starts to build…and you just know the hero is about to make themselves known…the tension builds with the music, and then finally there they are, in this grand, sweeping display, right when the music hits its peak?

My favourite is in the 1994 film Legends of the Fall, when the (prodigal) son, Tristan, rides over the hilltop, leading his band of horses back to his family home, the family bursting with joy at his return. It gets me everytime…

•What’s a movie scene that hooks you like this, where your heart becomes full in one awesome moment? Maybe offer a spoiler-warning first 🙂

•For full effect, often these scenes are about transitioning from one emotional or mental state to another. Hopeless to Hopeful; Sorrow to Joy; Defeat to Triumph. Put yourself into your movie scene as one of the characters witnessing this unfold. What revelatory thoughts or emotions run through you?

•Can you think of a time when a mere moment with God brought you from one state of being into another? Spend some time sharing with each other.

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:41-46

•The LORD had just showed up in an immense blaze, burning away the people’s doubts as to who was truly God; their spirits were seared by His fire. What is significant about what happens next?

•How does God’s rain provide for the people’s needs here – both literally and symbolically?

•Describe the “movie scene moment” held within verses 41-46. Who is the hero and who is(are) the witness(es)? How are they moved from one state to another? What is the overall impact on each of the characters as this scene plays out?

•What words come to mind that describe Elijah’s servant? In what ways are you like him?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, February 4, 2018)

Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Bob Dylan (Gotta Serve Somebody): “Well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.”

Continuing from last week, Elijah fulfilled his promise to Obadiah and met with King Ahab that same day. He asked Ahab to gather all of the people of Israel, and all the prophets of Baal and Asherah, at Mount Carmel. There, the stage was set to reveal the One True God, and the LORD showed up to claim his people back again.

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:16-39

•At times, we can become so entrenched in our unbelief that God is actually God that we need Him to show up in a big, attention-grabbing way. Have you had a moment like this? What did God reveal to you?

•Read Verse 37 again.
The worship song, Dreamer of Your Dreams (by Noel Richards), has the lyric,
“When your fire falls from heaven, we will rend our hearts to you.”
Joel 2:13a says, “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God…”
What do you think it means to “rend your heart” toward something? How do you think the people felt in verse 39, as they cried out, “The LORD, he is God” over and over again? Do you think it was a cry of joy or of suffering, and why do you think this? How are moments of emotional pain sometimes a necessity in our faith journey?

•Read Matthew 16:24. How often do we live out our faith as though it were a balancing act between God’s will and our own desires? This is what Elijah accuses the people of Israel of, in verse 21. As broken people who are Christians, sometimes we live our lives as though Jesus is small enough to fit inside our pocket for us to carry around and bring out when we wish. What’s one area of your life where you thought this might be so, either now or in the past?

•In your prayer time this week, focus on the glory and magnitude of the True Lord in our lives. How can you make God increase, and yourself decrease, in thoughts and actions this week?

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