The Story:
Discussing Chapter 15

by Living Springs Community Church on February 20, 2016

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 15: God’s Messengers

Based on 1 Kings 17–21; 2 Kings 2, 4, 6; Hosea 4, 5, 8, 9, 14; Amos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9:

  • Elijah’s ministry in Israel
  • Elisha’s ministry in Israel
  • Amos’ ministry in Israel
  • Hosea’s ministry in Israel

Breaking the ice

When you were growing up, how did your parents warn you that you were in trouble? Was there a certain word or phrase they used?

Digging in

With Ahab and Jezebel on the throne, Israel sank deeper into idolatry and wickedness. God raised up prophets to remind His people of His will. Elijah was a powerful voice who showed dramatic obedience. Elisha was a man of great faith who prayed powerful prayers to his powerful God. Amos was a simple man with a bold heart for justice. Hosea was willing to live his life as an object lesson to demonstrate God’s undeserved love.

Reflecting

  1. Baal worshipers believed their god made rain and storms, and during the dry season they believed he needed to be brought back to life. Mount Carmel was considered his sacred dwelling place. Why do you think God chose Mount Carmel as the scene of the showdown?
  2. After a dramatic victory over the prophets of Baal, Elijah was afraid and depressed, and he ran from Jezebel. Have you ever experienced a deep spiritual low after a great spiritual high? Why do you think that happens?
  3. Elisha’s spiritual insight allowed him to know the plans of the king of Aram and to see God’s angelic armies. In what ways are God’s angels fighting for us in our daily lives?
  4. What did you learn about prophets in this chapter? What was their role in Israel?
  5. Does God still send prophets today? What would they say to America? What would they say to Living Springs?
  6. How would you evaluate these prophets’ ministries—were they successful? How are you measuring success? Can you use those same standards of success in evaluating your own work for God?

Praying

Because God the Holy Spirit lives within us, we aren’t completely dependent on outside sources in order to know His will. We can search His Word to know His will, and we can hear His voice directly. When you pray, ask God to remind you of the things you already know, and pray for the courage to follow His will.

 

For next week…

Chapter 16: The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel)

Based on 2 Kings 17–19; Isaiah 3, 6, 13, 14, 49, 53:

  • Fall of Israel
  • Exile of Israel to Assyria
  • Isaiah’s ministry in Judah
  • Hezekiah’s reign
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