Under Pressure: #thingsthatstressmeout

Under Pressure

October 11, 2015

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Rachel Billups

UNDER PRESSURE MUCH? Elijah was an Old Testament prophet who was well-acquainted with the thrill of success, the taste of defeat and the painful reality of burnout. And there came a time that a distraught Elijah ran away from the very one who could offer him a place of respite and a program for recovery. 

This weekend's worship message is for anyone who's ever landed in the STRESS-PIT, and wants to live to tell about it. Come, worship and find the warmth of hope in community!
UNDER PRESSURE: #thingsthatstressmeout

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Today's Focus


I Kings 19: 1-15
Elijah’s pressure is a lot like yours...
I.    “What are you doing here?” - God
II.    “Go back the way you came…” - God
God grant me the SERENITY
to ACCEPT the things I cannot change,
COURAGE to CHANGE the things I can,
and the WISDOM to know the difference.
UNDER PRESSURE prayer papers are at the Welcome Center in the lobby.
You are invited to write a prayer and place it into one of our entry prayer walls at any time.
See this week’s REFOCUS for deeper reflection.

Sermon Questions


Questions to go Deeper

UNDER PRESSURE: #thingsthatstressmeout

Even the strongest, faithful believers have moments when life stresses them out. In Elijah’s strengths and weaknesses we learn how God is faithful in the deserts, on the mountains and in the caves of stresses.  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
Monday: Read 1 Kings 17
If, when and how do you believe Elijah is stressed in this chapter? What did Elijah and what do you bring into relating with God? How is this story of faith about Elijah, the woman and the boy individually? How would you answer Elijah’s request for bread with your last resources?
Tuesday: Read 1 Kings 18
Why do/don’t you believe God’s record of this miraculous public works in 1 Kings 18? Why do/don’t you believe God is not working in these ways today? Why isn’t Elijah stressed in this chapter? Do your prayers and actions reflect confidence, like Elijah’s, in God alone?
Wednesday: Read 1 Kings 19:1-3
Why does Elijah and why do you suddenly become fearful? What does Elijah do that drives disconnection and fear? Rethink a life experience in which you were calm and confident in God’s leading, then in the next ran in fear. How can God’s truths stabilize those life swings?
Thursday: Read 1 Kings 19:4-8
Reflect on times when you’ve said, “I’ve had enough, Lord,” and then slept. How did God provide for Elijah, and for you? Where is the condemnation for his faithless behavior? Is his/our behavior faithless just because we are human and responding honestly to our Lord?
Friday: Read 1 Kings 19:9-13
How is the cave a dark, solitary place but also a provision? How does God meet you in the cave, speak and provide? How do we look for God in the external elements, when God, through the Spirit, is an internal whisper? Explore Bible verses that whisper truth in the dark.
Saturday: Read 1 Kings 19:14-18
How does God listen to your concerns, or do you only take them to people? Who are the focal points of Elijah’s complaints, when in reality, whom should be our focus? Rethink a life circumstance today and talk to God about it. Listen for his whisper.
Sunday: Review 1 Kings 17-19:18
What is God’s answer in 1 Kings 19:15 and how does that connect with 1 Kings 17? How is this a physical direction and a spiritual lesson? While reviewing, release self-condemnation for past cave-dwelling times to experience peace in life’s future stresses. Share with a friend this week.

Sermon Transcript

1 Kings 19:1-15 / Rachel Billups / October 10 & 11, 2015      

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