Elijah At Mount Carmel

Pastor Kevin Rutledge - 11/5/2023 10:00 AM

Get ready for an engaging conversation that explores the often daunting challenge of decision making, using the biblical story of Elijah as a reference point. We unpack the dilemma faced by the Israelites when Elijah asked them to choose between worshiping Baal or God, setting up a divine test to affirm the one true God. We contemplate how difficult this decision was for a people who were used to hedging their bets with the gods, and we draw humor from Elijah's tactics to rile up the prophets of Baal.

We continue the conversation by examining the power of sharing personal stories and testimonies. This sermon delves into how Elijah's story beckons us to make a choice and witness the wonders of God's work. You'll get a vivid picture of the symbolic altar Elijah built, the transformative prayer that led to a heavenly fire, and how these events resonate with our lives today. Lastly, we discuss how sharing stories of God's blessings can foster recognition and celebration of His goodness. Get ready to be inspired and challenged in your spiritual journey!


  • First Reading: Mark 9:2-4
  • Second Reading: 1 Kings 18:17-39
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This Week's Reading Plan

Day: Reading:
Monday The Drought Ends: 1 Kings 18:41-46
Tuesday Elijah on the Run: 1 Kings 19:1-8
Wednesday Elijah at Mount Horeb: 1 Kings 19:9-18
Thursday Elijah and Elisha: 1 Kings 19:19-21
Friday Elijah and Ahaziah: 2 Kings 1:1-8
Saturday More Fire from Heaven: 2 Kings 1:9-17
Sunday God's Beloved Children: Hosea 11:1-9

This includes only the sermon portion of the service.

Reflections and Caring Conversations

Please use the prompts and prayers below to aid you in your devotions for this week.

  • Morning Prayer: Dear Lord, as I begin this day, I ask that You help me share the stories of Your blessings in my life. May I have the courage and the words to express Your love and power in my journey, just as Elijah did in his time. May my testimony bring hope and inspire faith in those who hear it. Amen.

  • Evening Prayer: Almighty God, as I prepare for rest, I thank You for the blessings I recognized today. Help me to continuously celebrate Your goodness, just like the United Methodists did in their worship services. May I always be aware of Your presence and the abundant blessings You provide. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

  • Reflection Question: The sermon highlighted the importance of sharing personal stories of God's blessings. How have you witnessed God's work in your life and how have you shared these experiences with others?

  • Reflection Question: The story of Elijah brings to light the power of faith and decision-making. How has your faith guided your decisions? Can you recall a specific instance where you had to rely on your faith to make a difficult decision?

  • Reflection Question: The sermon emphasizes the transformative power of prayer, as illustrated by Elijah's prayer that ignited the heavenly fire. How has prayer transformed your life and strengthened your relationship with God?

  • Challenge: Challenge yourself to share your faith experiences with others this week, demonstrating God's transformative power and blessings in your life.