- Share a story of God’s provision in your life.
- Did God reveal any fear or lack of trust during COVID?
- Why should we take God at his sovereign word?
- Have you struggled with believing in the plausibility of miracles? Why or why not?
- What prevents you from trusting God’s sovereign word? Consider some obstacles we hit on in the sermon…
- Attribution Obstacle – we don’t attribute to God praise for food, shelter, provision, and protection. We attribute it to our hard work, the economy, the government, or technological advancements.
- Insulation Obstacle – we are so far removed from having to live daily according to God’s Word (Deut. 8:3) that it keeps us from practicing trust. We don’t need to trust him for our daily needs. We have an ample storehouse of food.
- How is this passage sandwiched? How does God’s sovereignty relate to man’s responsibility? God commanded a widow will provide AND the widow still had to trust and give her last meal to Elijah. Should God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility be seen as an “either-or” or a “both-and”?
- How was this test of faith déjà vu for Elijah? Why does God re-test Elijah in the same step of faith?
- Why did God send Elijah to a Sidonian widow?
- How is God’s power measured?
- What is the purpose of miracles? What do miracles teach us about God’s mission? Jurgen Moltmann says, Jesus’ healings…are the only “natural” thing in a world that is unnatural, demonized, and wounded.” What does he mean? How are miracles temporarily restoring the natural order?
- What two steps are required to be a channel of God’s power?
- According to John 6, why did Jesus preach a sermon to empty the pews? Why are humans so prone to choose the secondary over the primary?
- What does Jesus mean when he says, “Don’t labor for the food that perishes” (John 6:26-27).
- Where can you identify with Elijah? Where can you identify with the widow?
- Where are you not treating God as a God of power?
- What areas are you tempted to want Jesus for secondary reasons not the primary reason?