Small Group Guide for "Elijah at Mount Carmel"

Elijah at Mount Carmel

Sunday, November 5th 2023

First Scripture: Mark 9:2-4

Second Scripture: 1 Kings 18:17-39

Use the Two Passages: Focus on the primary and secondary passages used in this sermon.

Pray for Understanding: Before diving into the text, take a moment to pray for guidance and illumination from the Holy Spirit. Ask for wisdom and insight as you study.

Read the Scriptures: Begin by reading the selected Scriptures thoughtfully and prayerfully. Read the passages more than once to familiarize yourself with the content.

Observation Questions: After reading the text, go through the "Observation Questions" section. These questions will help you notice and record specific details about the text. Look for key words, phrases, repeated ideas, and any observations that stand out to you.

Interpretation Questions: Once you've observed the text, proceed to the "Interpretation Questions" section. These questions will guide you in understanding the meaning and context of the passage. Consider the historical and cultural background, the author's intent, and how the passage fits into the larger narrative of the Bible.

Application Questions: Finally, explore the "Application Questions." These questions will help you apply the lessons and insights from the Scriptures to your own life. Reflect on how the text speaks to your faith, relationships, and daily choices.

Journal Your Insights: Write down your observations, interpretations, and applications in a journal or notebook. This will serve as a valuable record of your spiritual growth and understanding of the Word of God.

Discussion and Sharing: If you are studying in a group, take time to discuss your findings with others. Share your insights, listen to their perspectives, and learn from one another.

Pray for Transformation: As you conclude your study, pray for the transformation of your heart and mind. Ask God to help you live out the truths you've discovered in the Scriptures.

Consistency is Key: Make a habit of using this inductive Bible study method regularly. The more you practice, the more confident and skilled you will become in studying and understanding the Bible.

Remember that the goal of this inductive study method is not just to gain knowledge but to deepen your relationship with God and apply His Word to your life. Approach your study with an open heart, a curious mind, and a desire to grow in your faith.

May your study be richly blessed, and may God's Word transform your life as you engage with it through the inductive method.

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I. Observation

  1. As you read the scripture passage, take note of the events that took place. Who are the key characters in this narrative and what roles do they play?
  2. How does the text describe Elijah’s actions and demeanor in this story? What do these actions reveal about his character and faith?
  3. Describe the interaction between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. What are the key points of their encounter?
  4. How do the Israelites respond to the situation? What can you glean from their reaction?
  5. What specific words or phrases in this passage stand out to you? Why?

II. Interpretation

  1. Based on the sermon, how does Elijah's challenge to the Israelites apply to our lives today? 
  2. What does the sermon suggest about the role of humor in Elijah’s interaction with the prophets of Baal? How can humor be used in the context of faith and decision making?
  3. Reflect on the altar built by Elijah as discussed in the sermon. What significance does it hold in the narrative and what does it symbolize for us today?
  4. How does the sermon relate the story of Elijah to the power of sharing personal experiences? How can we apply this to our own faith journey?
  5. How does the sermon suggest we share stories of God's blessings in our lives? How can this foster recognition and celebration of His goodness?

III. Application

  1. How can you apply the lessons learned from Elijah's decision-making process in your own life? 
  2. Reflect on a time when you were faced with a difficult decision. How can Elijah's story guide you in future decision-making situations?
  3. How can you use humor in your faith journey and interactions with others, as Elijah did with the prophets of Baal?
  4. In light of the sermon's emphasis on sharing personal stories, what is one testimony of God's goodness you can share with someone this week?
  5. How can you actively recognize and celebrate God's blessings in your life, following the example set in the sermon?