Elijah's Showdown

Elijah's Showdown

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A one-off message based on 1 Kings 18-19 exploring Elijah's incredible victory, followed by his devastating low. Through his story, students learn of the hope of restoration we have in God.


It was a showdown between God's one prophet, Elijah, and 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah. There was trash talking, bathroom humor, pyrotechnics, and a cameo from the Flash in this incredible story.

It's also powerful. After experiencing the unbelievable high of victory in 1 Kings 18, Elijah experienced such a spiritual low and defeat in 1 Kings 19 that he wished for death. God's loving and gentle response, simply giving Elijah food and rest, while lovingly restoring him, both challenges us to honesty with God and each other, as well as powerfully reminding us of the hope of restoration we have in God.

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This Resource Includes:

  • Complete message manuscript (Word file)
  • Slide presentation (PowerPoint and Sidekick files)
  • Student handout (two versions; one with blanks and one already filled in) (Word file)
  • Small group guide (Word file)
  • Graphics package including title slide, content slide, and images for Instagram posts and Stories (jpeg files)



Matthew McNutt

Matthew is a youth pastor, speaker, author, Star Trek nerd, and Pac-Man warrior.