Thanks to those of you who responded to our request for input on how best to proceed as a church. We have two immediate challenges. (1) Among the replies, there was no consensus. (2) There were only six responses, meaning, obviously, that the church is at an extraordinarily low ebb…it is rather clear that this situation will likely not change until the Covid hysteria is behind us.
While we continue to be open to your thoughts and ideas, it seems wise and good to continue to meet virtually (Zoom) until the Covid restrictions are dramatically relaxed.
For those of you still in Milan who have not been joining us on Zoom, I would encourage you to do so. It is a rich time of worship, study, and fellowship…You’re missing out!
Zoom Details & Discussion Questions
We are scheduling an online gathering for this Sunday, April 18th at 15:00. Here are the details on how to join:
Join ICM Zoom Meeting
Worship & Fellowship – April 18, 2021 at 03:00 PM Rome
Meeting ID: 841 5994 5792
We will share prayer requests, pray, worship in song, and have a short discussion on 1 Kings chapters 16 through 19 built around the following questions:
- From 1 Kings 16:29 –17:3, God sent Elijah to speak truth to an evil king and then sent him into hiding. Put yourself in Elijah’s sandals, would you have gone to speak judgment to Ahab (see also 1 Kings 18:7-14)? What does someone have to believe to obey like this? (Personal) Where in your Christian walk have you engaged in risky obedience? Where in your life is God challenging you to obey Him right now? Will you obey Him no matter how risky it looks?
- From 1 Kings 17:4 -16, Elijah, in hiding for three years, is wholly dependent upon the Lord for his provision. What does Elijah experience in his obedience? What do you learn about God in this?
- This widow of Sidon is preparing her last meal that she and her son may die. What does God command her to do through His prophet? What was the promise of God if she believed and obeyed? What do you learn from this widow? What do you learn about God? (Personal) What promise of God is He challenging you to act upon right now in your life?
- From 1 Kings 17:17-24, what incredible thing does God do in this woman’s life? In observing this widow’s obedience regarding Elijah and this subsequent miraculous intervention of God, what do we see as the fruit of acting on a promise of God?
- From 1 Kings 18:1-46, what was Elijah’s “good idea?” What do you learn about religion and wannabe gods? What do you learn about the God of Abraham?
- Elijah was fearless in facing 850 pagan priests but was afraid of a Jezebel (see 1 Kings 19:1-3). What do you glean from this? Who comes to Elijah and what do you learn from this encounter?
- See Exodus 19:16-19, Psalm 18:7-15, Habakkuk 3:3-6. In these verses, what do we see regarding the arrival of the Lord? What do we see in His manifestation to Elijah? Are there any lessons for us here?
- Was Elijah alone? From 1 Kings 19:18 & Romans 11:1-10, what do you learn about God’s remnant?
Jim & Karen