From The Minister...
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1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, the God I serve, there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word.”
What an amazing faith Elijah has, I think if Elijah made New Year resolutions he would keep them.
In January we often make New Year’s resolutions, such resolutions are a time of review, expectation and hopefully implementation of changes to be made. Many of us reflect on our diet, fitness, relationships, jobs and our hobbies. The challenge for us at Melbourn Baptist Church is how we will encourage our faith to deepen as we try and fulfill our New Year’s resolutions.
One of the ways the sharing ministry team hope we will deepen our faith is through the sermon series we will follow through next term. We are going to look at the life of Elijah. Elijah was a prophet who had a spiritual life of peaks and troughs, mountains and valleys, with great highs and lows.
Elijah has mountain top moments of powerful faith as shown by his faithful response to God when he spoke to death and death died, when he raised a widow’s son. Elijah who commanded the rain to be held back and the clouds obeyed. Elijah who defeated the odds as fire leapt from heaven, God was so faithful to Elijah.
Faith is not often steady but it fluctuates, grows and weakens, yet hopefully ends well.
Elijah has a faith for all seasons we are going to look at this great prophet’s faith and reflect on how he lived for God on the days of defeat as well as the days of victory.
Has life been difficult and hard through 2016, has there been those moments when you have just had enough? Moments when you’re down and feel like you’re almost out. The story of Elijah can help us in these moments.
As we move into 2017 I hope that as we trace the steps of Elijah we will meet God who can nudge us into spiritual life, vitality and faithful response in all seasons even in winter.