September 19, 2021

Keep your focus

Bible Text: 1 Kings 18:1–46 |

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In the pinnacle moment of his prophetic career, Elijah courageously challenged the prophets of Baal to an ultimate showdown on Mount Carmel. The stakes? The devotion of the people of Israel. Elijah asked them, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him” (1 Kings 18:21). You probably know how it turned out. Though that spiritual battle took place 2800 years ago, people have not changed. God is still offering himself to rebellious sinners and they are still finding ways to reject him in favour of phony gods. As we look at 1 Kings 18, we will be compelled to “Keep our focus” on God when everything is going our way, as it was for Elijah. There is simply no substitute for keeping Christ at the centre whether our life is going well or not. If you missed message 1 in this short 3-week series, you can access that here.

Sermon Notes

When Everything Goes Your Way (1 Kings 17–19)
Keep your focus
1 Kings 18
Pastor Todd Dugard

Why do we struggle to focus?
#4 Fatigue
#3 Stress
#2 Multitasking
#1 Boredom

When everything is going my way, I’ll keep my focus on God as he...

...encourages me with clarity (v. 1–16)

1 Corinthians 2:2
1 Corinthians 9:12b

...envelopes me with courage (c. 17–19)

Acts 20:24

...emboldens me with faith (v. 20–45)

Ephesians 2:8-9

...empowers me with his strength (v. 46)