[Anti]heroes – Week 4

4 – Elijah’s Confidence
7/10/16 (MS)


“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17

I don’t have the strength or ability, but I know God can and will use me in a powerful way.

“Now bring all the people of Israel to Mount Carmel, with all 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who are supported by Jezebel.” So Ahab summoned all the people and the prophets to Mount Carmel. Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How long are you going to waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.” 1 Kings 18:19-21

1. Stand with confidence

“Now bring two bulls. The prophets of Baal may choose whichever one they wish and cut it into pieces and lay it on the wood of their altar, but without setting fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and lay it on the wood on the altar, but not set fire to it. Then call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the LORD. The god who answers by setting fire to the wood is the true God!” And all the people agreed . . . “You’ll have to shout louder,” he scoffed, “for surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or he is relieving himself. Or maybe he is away on a trip, or he is asleep and needs to be wakened!” 1 Kings 18:23-24; 27

2. Point out God’s work

“O LORD, answer me! Answer me so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to yourself.” Immediately the fire of the LORD flashed down from heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even licked up all the water in the ditch! And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and cried out, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!” 1 Kings 18:37-39

3. Retreat for renewal

“Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the desert, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 1 Kings 19:3-4

4. Look to God’s presence

“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

When the odds are against you, have assurance that you’re not alone, have confidence in God’s ways, and look for your Hero to win.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is confidence kind of a tricky heroic characteristic? How is confidence typically looked at in our culture?
  2. What is the danger in having confidence in yourself? What would it look like for you to have greater confidence in Jesus Christ?
  3. How does seeing Elijah struggle after God showed up actually help you? What does it do for your confidence?
  4. How does Elijah’s story point to our ultimate hero, Jesus? What does it mean for Him to be your confidence?
  5. What are some ways you can better apply this message to your life this week? How can seeing Jesus as your confidence change how you talk, think and act?