Elijah Confronts Sin

cph_30240958230Once again, I am sitting to write out my lesson for this coming Sunday. At Southern Calvert Baptist Church, we are walking through the entire Bible over a three year period. Last week, we covered the lesson on Elijah and the widow woman from I Kings 17. Jesus actually uses this woman’s faith as an example of what genuine faith looks like. She heard the Word of the Lord and she chose to trust the Word of the Lord, even when it meant putting her life and future on the line.

Elijah is a man of faith. He has a very difficult task ahead of him. He was called by God to take a very difficult message to the leadership of Israel. He publicly rebukes King Ahab for his wicked ways and then he prays according to the Word of God. As a result of that prayer, it does not rain in Israel for three and a half years. There is a severe famine in the land and everyone is suffering. The widow from the previous chapter was suffering because of this event. King Ahab is enraged and his wife actually begins putting to death the prophets of the Lord. One of King Ahab’s own servants, a man who fears the Lord, hid one hundred of the Lord’s prophets in two different caves so that they could not be put to death. He also provided food and water for them. King Ahab does not know about this. Elijah has survived the persecution but he is on the run. Things are bad in Israel physically, politically, spiritually etc. This is where our story picks up in I Kings 18. Continue reading

What do you do when a fellow believer is led astray by false teaching?

We live in a day and an age when “open-mindedness” is the motto, even in the church of Jesus Christ. Many people cannot quote John 3:16 but almost everyone can quote Matthew 7:1 (even if they do not know the reference). The problem with this mentality is that people are open to every form of teaching under the sun. Not everything that is spoken from a pulpit is from the Bible. Not everything that you see on a “Christian” television station is sound doctrine. We must learn to discern good teaching from heretical teaching. The thing about heretical teaching is that it is presented in a positive way and seems to be correct, especially if you do not have a firm grasp on the Scriptures. Continue reading