Leaving a Legacy

There are two sides to every story. When we know both sides of the story, we can understand the situation better because we can see it from every angle. It’s the best way for us to feel totally confident and learn the most from it. In the same way, we can learn the most from a person when we understand both the highs and lows of their lives. It's easy to sometimes look at people within the Bible and just see them from one angle, typically as either good or bad. A lot can happen when we look deeper and see that there's a lot more complexity to these people in the pages of Scripture. People like Solomon, Elijah, and Jonah lived complex lives of faith, fear and sometimes even failure. This guide focuses not only on what they did, but how they are remembered. We refer to that as their legacy. Over the next six weeks, you’ll take an in-depth look at each of these men and their legacies. The biblical authors don't hesitate to point out the flaws of their character, even when they are writing about themselves! This rawness within Scripture can help your group members understand that you don't have to be perfect to follow after God. You just have to be surrendered. Show them a deeper look at Solomon's weakness in not completely surrendering his behavior sexually. Point out Elijah's quickness to doubt both God and others' faith, while also forgetting God's victory and wallowing in self-pity. Give them a viewpoint on how Jonah literally went in the opposite direction away from God's call for him to go to Nineveh.

Inside The Guide

Each guide is broken up into six weeks. Below is a small insight into each week.

Solomon: Building

God promised a lot to Solomon, how did Solomon honor all that God was prepared to give him?

Solomon: Dismantling

What was Solomon’s downfall and his ultimate fate? How can Solomon’s life be a warning to me today?

Elijah: Trusting

Elijah lived a courageous and bold life. He trusted God. How can I learn to increase my trust to be more like Elijah?

Elijah: Doubting

What factors caused Elijah to turn from fearless to fearful? Where do I see these factors taking control in my life and causing me to be fearful?

Jonah: Retreating

Why would Jonah run away from God even when God was directly asking him to do something? Does that ever happen in my life?

Jonah: Obeying

It took Jonah being in a dark place (literally) to listen to God. When I am stuck in a dark place, where do I turn for help?

 

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