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Biography: Elijah February 12, 2012 Text: I Kings 19:1-18; Luke 1:13-17 Key Thought: Elijah shows that God’s courage to stand for Him is outside our own strength or weakness. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied again, “I have zealously served the LORD God Almighty. But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with you, torn down your altars, and killed every one of your prophets. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.”(I Kings 19, NLT)
Second sermon in our series called Once Upon A Marriage. This message is about Ahab and Jezebel.
1) Sexuality is God's idea 2) Sexuality is inflamed by culture 3) Sexuality is promoted commercially 4) Sexuality is damaging personally 5) Sexual sin is enabled mutually a) Tolerance is for people, not principles b) Tolerance is for strangers, not friends c) Tolerance is for small issues, not big ones Five Things That Should not Be Tolerated In Christian Homes 1) Sexually explicit movies or dvds 2) Certain cable TV shows or Internet sites 3) Unaccountable Time 4) Secretive relationships 5) Opposite Sex Friendships a) An open Confession b) Absence of rationalization c) Restitution d) A restored heart for God e) Accountability for change
In America, most of us have not been physically threatened for our faith. However, like the church at Thyratira, I would argue that most of our greatest temptations to compromise stem from either economic or social pressures. The church today is radically tempted to compromise by valuing the same things that the culture around us values. We serve a God who calls us to consider everything rubbish in order that we might gain Christ and be found in him. We cannot cling to the values of this world and still hold fast to the righteousness of our savior. Jesus offers us himself. Jesus calls us live lives of repentance, constantly letting go of our sin and clinging to his blood, shed on the cross for our sin, to forgive us and give us his perfect righteousness.
Thyatira is a simple, blue-collar town. The people there listened to the blue-collar comedy tour, wore hard hats and flannel and had union stickers on their camels. The majority of the population made their money as guild workers. Working with bronze, a pretty metal that provided their livelihood, Thyatiran metal workers would be very familiar with the power of fire and the value of bronze they worked with day in and day out. This would remind them of not only the strength and beauty of the feet of Jesus but also the power to crush and destroy. They would well know the usefulness and comfort a flame of fire could bring. Fire can bring us warmth when we are cold, cook meals, and even shape the metal they sold for their livelihood. But fire can also burn. Fire can devour when there is nothing in its path that can stop it from consuming whatever is in its way. Once again we see a picture of Jesus that brings comfort to his people and would strike fear into those who are compromising. Does this image of Jesus bring you comfort or fear? If it brings you fear, what sin are you hiding or holding that keeps you from running to Jesus?
When life caves in on you, don't run away, don't push people away, don't forget that God is your helper and He is faithful
Elijah was born in a difficult time in Israel
Session 2 of the 13 week series on the book of Revelation
Some Partnerships are not worth it. Ahab made a partnership with Jezebel that came close to destroying the nation of Israel. The letter to the church at Thyatira warns against these partnerships, a warning that needs to be heeded today.