Adult & Teen Discussion Guide
1. Primary Statement
It’s easy to be wowed by stories of God’s power at work in the Bible, or in different places in our modern world, and think – “it must take someone amazing to do that!” The truth is, God doesn’t just work through a small group of people anymore. His plan is for all believers to live in His anointing and have an impact on the world.
2. Bible Verse
1 Kings 19:19 [NRSV] “So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing… Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him.”
The “mantle,” or cloak, that Elijah put on Elisha’s back represented God’s anointing and power. With this action, he was telling Elisha, “God has called you and will empower you like He has called and empowered me.”
Q. Who is someone you consider to have a strong anointing or to be greatly used by God?
Q. Imagine if that person came to your house and recruited you to be his/her protégé or apprentice. How would you feel?
2 Kings 2:14 [ESV] “Then he (Elisha) took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, ‘Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?’ And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.”
The plan was always for Elisha to take up the role of the prophet after Elijah was gone, but he had to accept it and take action. The parting of the river was a sign that God’s anointing and power was with Elisha just like it had been with his mentor.
Q. Elisha didn’t just believe that God’s anointing was for him- he took action. What would you do differently if you really believed God’s anointing and power was for you?
Q. What steps could you take this week to get yourself ready for God’s power to work through you?
4. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family and thank God for calling you to serve Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to work through your life as mightily as He does through the people you look up to.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
1. Power Verse
1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers…”
“I’m Never Too Young To Change The World!”
This week we started a new series in Overflow Kids called, “Never Too Young.”
Q. What are some things that you are “too young” to do?
Q. How does it make you feel when someone says you are “too young”?
Q. Do you think God says things like you are “too young” to do things for Him?
The world, video games, school, or even our friends may sometimes tell us we are too young to do things, but God never says we are “too young!” The next few weeks we are going to be talking about some things that God thinks you are “not too young” to do. In fact, you are just the right age!
Q. Does anyone remember who the young man was who studied under the Apostle Paul? (Answer: Timothy)
Q. What did we learn from Timothy that we are never too young to do? (Be an example and change the world!)
This week, Timothy helped us learn that we can do BIG things for God. We can change the world! We are never too young to get involved in what God is doing!
As a family (or help children individually) make a list or chart of the things they can get involved in and start doing for God. (Some Examples: talk to their friends about Jesus, get involved in a certain ministry, raise money for missions, etc.)
4. Prayer Focus
Pray with your children that they will never forget that they are “Not Too Young” to do great BIG things for God!