Weekly Reading for February 28 – March 6
Preparing for Next Week’s MessageSermon Series: Guest Pastor - Jeff Manion
Sermon Title: God at the Center
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 7, 2021:
- SUNDAY: Haggai 1:1-4,
- MONDAY: Haggai 1:5-11,
- TUESDAY: Haggai 1:12-14,
- WEDNESDAY: Joshua 24:14-15,
- THURSDAY: 2 Kings 7,
- FRIDAY: Matthew 22:36-40,
- SATURDAY: Haggai 1:1-14,
Reflecting on the Most Recent SermonSermon Series: Elijah or Elisha? Stories of Courageous Faith
Sermon Title: Speaking the Truth, Even When it Hurts
Delivered On: February 28, 2021
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Memorize and ReflectAhab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord..." [bible]1 Kings 21:20[/bible]
Prayer DirectionThank God for the people He has placed in your life who have been honest with you, even when it was hard. Pray for courage to be a truth-teller, who is also filled with grace. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you courage and humility to hear the truth, even when it is convicting and hard.
“Live It!” ChallengeSpeak the Truth –
Ask the Lord if there is a word of truth that He has been speaking to you that you need to hear or speak. If you need to hear it, let God’s truth go deep into your soul and act on it. If you feel called to speak the truth, but have been avoiding it, take action. Do it with grace and humility, pray for courage, and speak the truth.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a time when someone spoke the truth to you, even when it was hard for them and for you. How did God use this process of truth-telling?
Read: 1 Kings 21:1-3
What do you learn about Naboth in this part of the biblical account? How do you see integrity in his life and what can you learn from his example?
Read: 1 Kings 21:4-6
What do you learn about Ahab in this story? What kind of behavior and character defects did he have and how can we avoid these in our lives?
Read: 1 Kings 21:7-16
What do you learn about Jezebel in this passage? What are ways people today seek to rationalize and justify very bad behavior and how can we keep these patterns from infecting our life?
Read: 1 Kings 21:17-20
What do you learn about Yahweh, God almighty, in this account? Why does God always speak the truth to us?
Read: 1 Kings 21:20-23
What do you learn about Elijah in this story? Why was he direct and truthful and what can we learn from Elijah’s example?
Tell about a time you spoke the truth and it did not go well? What could you have done better and what did you learn from that experience?
Tell about a time you spoke the truth and it went well and was redemptive. What did you learn from that experience?
How could our homes, friendships, and churches be stronger and healthier if we learned to courageously speak the truth and do it with grace and humility?