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Reflect

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Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

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  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

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Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Crew Discussion

Thus Far: The Brook, The Barrel, and The Boy

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr

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Introduction (2 minutes)

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Reflect

Ask Crew members to share their favorite points from the talk. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most?

Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

For your icebreaker, choose from the options below. Have Crew members unmute themselves to share.

Conversation Starters (Choose One)
  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

Preaching Game - Choose random items and allow individuals to find ways to encourage others using that item. (Pick 2-3 volunteers)

Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Scripture

1 Kings 17:7-16 (ESV)

And after a while the brook dried up, because there was no rain in the land. Then the word of the Lord came to him, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.”  And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

REFERENCES: Matthew 14:13-21; 1 Kings 17:17-24; Luke 4:24-26

Main Idea

Have you ever felt God ask you to do something? Maybe it was His gentle voice asking you to forgive, or His stern command to give more than what is required. How quickly we respond to God is a measure of our faith. Although the blessing coincides with burden, God calls us to maintain a steady pace of obedience to develop us into mature believers.


God is looking for people that can handle the blessing and the burden.

1. The Brook

Though the brook dried up, Elijah did not go without water. In our lives, it can seem as though we are lacking certain things or a source has “dried” up, but just like the Lord guided Elijah to where he should go next, He will do the same with us. Where He leads, He provides and it is simply our duty to obey His guidance. Elijah did not lack water because his source was not the brook, but God who is the living water.

You might feel that you are in a wasteland, but God will always find you to provide.
Amid our earthly finances, careers, and relationships, God continues to be our source.
With faith and obedience comes blessings.

Faith doesn’t move at the pace of your understanding, but at the pace of your trust.

What is preventing you from obeying God promptly when He speaks to you?

2. The Barrell

When Elijah encountered the widow of Zarephath and asked for her to provide food for him in spite of her lack, she had a choice to make: would she trust God and release her resources into His hands? Or would she hold on to the little she had and face her demise? By remaining obedient, God was able to ensure that she and her son had all that they needed regardless of their circumstances. In that same way, when we trust God with what we have, He can multiply it beyond what we could ever imagine.

What feels like the pressures of a burden could be the weight that God’s blessings demand of us.
The cross was the heaviest burden that brought us the greatest blessing.
A little in our hands is a lot in God’s hands—all that we have is enough.

The less we hold, the more we have

What’s the difference between giving from a place of faith vs. waiting to give from a place of excess?

Summary

God is constantly inviting us to go deeper into our faith, and pushing us towards all that He has to offer. Some time later, the widow lost her son and knew exactly who to call, the man of God who first stirred up her bread faith. Elijah had caught the revelation that God has not yet failed him, and trusted that if God can make a miracle of bread and oil, He can exceed his expectations and bring her son back to life. It's up to us to be willing to give God the little we may have, so that He can do something more. Through the right lens of our heavenly father, we can hold tight to the truth that the burdens we face are preparing us for a greater blessing ahead. What is a blessing in one season may not be a blessing in the next. The blessings are not the source, He is.

Call To Action

Now that it is nearing the end of the year, take into account how God has shown up in your life this year and praise Him for all He has done. Just as you workout to strengthen and grow your muscles, the same is to be said with your faith. Remember that any weight that has come down on you is to strengthen you.

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