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1 Kings 19:19-21  — Call of Elisha

1 Kings 19:19-21 — Call of Elisha

BIG IDEA: GOD’S CALL DEMANDS TOTAL COMMITMENTINTRODUCTION:This is a very simple story about the initial call of Elisha to the prophetic ministry to take over for the aging prophet Elijah. It contains valuable lessons for leadership transition, for any general call to...
1 Kings 18:1-46  — Showdown on Mount Carmel

1 Kings 18:1-46 — Showdown on Mount Carmel

BIG IDEA: ONLY THE REAL GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE – FEAR AND SERVE HIM!INTRODUCTION:God’s discipline is intended to drive His people to repentance and full dependence on His provision. King Ahab and Queen Jezebel had established a thriving counterculture of Baal...
1 Kings 17:1-24  — Elijah’s Grand Entrance

1 Kings 17:1-24 — Elijah’s Grand Entrance

BIG IDEA: TRUST IN GOD AS THE SOVEREIGN OF LIFE, THE SUSTAINER OF LIFE AND THE SOURCE OF LIFEINTRODUCTION:Israel’s apostate condition had blossomed into full foliage with the widespread adoption of Baal worship. Pagan practices were overtaking the land at a rapid...
1 Kings 15:1-31  — Rating the Kings of Judah and Israel

1 Kings 15:1-31 — Rating the Kings of Judah and Israel

BIG IDEA: GOD DESIRES LEADERS WHO DEMONSTRATE A FAITHFUL HEART LIKE KING DAVID RATHER THAN THOSE WHO CONTINUE IN THE PATTRN OF SIN, INSTABILITY AND STRIFEINTRODUCTION:We are now immersed into the evaluations of the various kings who governed over the southern and...
1 Kings 14:1-20  — Judgment on Jeroboam’s Legacy

1 Kings 14:1-20 — Judgment on Jeroboam’s Legacy

BIG IDEA: SEEKING HELP FOR HIS AILING SON, JEROBOAM IS CONDEMNED AS AN EVIL RULER FOR HIS RELIGIOUS EXPEDIENCYINTRODUCTION:The serious illness of his son (and potential heir to the throne in Israel) drove Jeroboam to seek assistance from God through the prophet...
1 Kings 13:1-34  — The Supremacy of the Word of God

1 Kings 13:1-34 — The Supremacy of the Word of God

BIG IDEA: NOTHING TRUMPS THE WORD OF GODINTRODUCTION:The Word of the Lord packs a punch. It has substance. It delivers on its promises. You ignore God’s Word at your own peril. Jeroboam learned that lesson here; as did the Man of God who delivered the message of...
1 Kings 12:1-33  — The Division of the Kingdom

1 Kings 12:1-33 — The Division of the Kingdom

BIG IDEA: RASH ARROGANCE AND RELIGIOUS EXPEDIENCY SPLINTER GOD’S PEOPLE AND PROVIDE A FALSE SENSE OF SECURITYINTRODUCTION:Chapter 12 marks the watershed mark in the Book of Kings. The reign of Solomon has ended with serious spiritual slippage from the high water mark...
1 Kings 9:1-28  —  Kingdom Prosperity But Signs of Slippage

1 Kings 9:1-28 — Kingdom Prosperity But Signs of Slippage

BIG IDEA: DESPITE THE GIFT OF WISDOM, SOLOMON PURSUED KINGDOM PROSPERITY WITHOUT HEEDING DIVINE WARNINGS REGARDING APOSTASYINTRODUCTION:On the surface, everything in the kingdom seems trending towards prosperity. But below the surface you can see the signs of Solomon...
1 Kings 8:1-66  — Dedication of the Temple

1 Kings 8:1-66 — Dedication of the Temple

BIG IDEA: SHEKINAH GLORY FILLS SOLOMON’S TEMPLE AS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT FINDS ITS HOME FOR THE JOYFUL MANIFESTATION OF THE PRESENCE AND BLESSING OF GOD ON HIS COVENANT PEOPLEINTRODUCTION:This dedication of the temple with the installation of the ark of the covenant...
1 Kings 7:1-51  — Construction Details — Part 2

1 Kings 7:1-51 — Construction Details — Part 2

BIG IDEA: THE LAVISH MAGNIFICENCE OF THE ROYAL COMPLEX AND THE TEMPLE FURNISHINGS REFLECT THE MAJESTIC IMMANENT PRESENCE OF THE TRANSCENDENT SOVEREIGN GOD OF THE WORLDINTRODUCTION:Many people today mistakenly recoil in shock and disgust over the extravagance of...
1 Kings 6:1-38  — Details of the Temple Construction

1 Kings 6:1-38 — Details of the Temple Construction

BIG IDEA: THE GLORIOUS MAJESTIC PRESENCE OF THE LORD DESERVES COSTLY BUILDING MATERIALS AND COVENANT OBEDIENCE THAT COMMUNICATE PURITY, HOLINESS AND BEAUTY ACCENTUATING OUR PRIVILEGE OF ACCESSINTRODUCTION:How casual are we in our approach to the Lord? A study of the...