Generations Church
Elijah was normal man from a small town whom God choose to use in an extraordinary way. While God used Elijah in some of the most unusual ways, he also dealt with great persecution, loneliness, and discouragement. With Elijah as our model, this series will encourage us to allow God to use us and also deal with things in our heart along the journey!
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    3080 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304, USA
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What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! At Generations Church, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. Our goal is to connect you with God and with other people through powerful worship services that offer biblical truth in relevant and practical ways.

Whether you’re a spiritual seeker who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to grow deeper in your faith, you can find a home here at Generations Church. We invite you to worship with us this Sunday!

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Generations Church understands the Biblical purpose for its existence. We strive in every way to follow the commands of Scripture in the following areas:
1) A CHRIST-CENTERED CHURCH:
We are a church that is based on the life and teachings of Jesus. He is central to our individual lives and to the life and ministry of our Church. 1 Peter 2:5-7
2) A CHURCH WITH A HEART FOR EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS:
We are a church that believes in the Great Commission. From our local community to the most remote part of the world, we believe that every person deserves the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. Mark 16:15
3) A PRAYER-FOCUSED CHURCH:
We are a church that believes in the power of prayer. Prayer draws us close to God and impacts our lives and world. Luke 11:1
4) A SPIRIT-EMPOWERED CHURCH:
We are a church that is dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the instructions of our Lord and to live a life that is pleasing to God. Acts 1:8
Elijah: Prophet of Fire, Man of Despair
(1 Kings 18)

Theme: The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain.
James 5:16-17

Last Week:
• A quick history of spiritual life at the beginning 1st Kings
• Elijah announces to Ahab a great drought
• God sends Elijah to a brook in Gilead
• Elijah is sent to a widow in Zarepath
• Elijah confronts Ahab
Elijah Challenges the People of Israel

Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.

So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”But the people said nothing.
1 Kings 18:19-21

• God brings them to a point of decision.

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16

• Being lukewarm is not an outright rejection of God but it shows a divided heart between God and other things.
Elijah Confronts the Prophets of Baal

Mt Carmel: A day or more journey from Samaria, 1,500-1,600 feet high, and was on the border of Israel and Sidon.

Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.

Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it.

Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.”

So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.”

So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention. 1 Kings 18:22-29
Elijah Rebuilds an Altar

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord,... 1 Kings 18:30-32

• The altar is a place of sacrifice or memorial. It represents a sacred encounter with the living God.

• We need to rebuild some altars!

• Rebuilding an altar involves: confession, repentance, and willingness to love and serve Jesus.
Elijah’s Prayer

...And he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

“Do it again,” he said, and they did it again. “Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command.

Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” 1 Kings 18:32-38

• Question: Do you pray?

‘Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.’ We do not pray to inform God, as if he was ignorant of events and of what we are thinking and feeling. Instead, we pray ‘your will be done’ so that in our companionship with him, as prayerful people, we really do begin to become radically different. Our whole being begins to be shaped by the life and spirit of prayer. Soren Kierkegaard
The Fire of God

Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!” 1 Kings 18:38-39

• God’s promise to us in every situation is "There is nothing too hard for God."

• These people were desperate; years of drought, on the brink of death, and an empty experience with Baalism.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
For additional reading on Elijah check out the You Version devotional below.

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