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Meet the Need

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

The calling to be a “minister” is not just about general principles, it’s about the day to day, practical life things you can do to represent God’s character to the world around you. One great way to do that is by meeting the needs of people around you.

1. Discussion 

Philippians 2:4 [NLT] Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too..”

Before you can meet a need, you have to see a need. When we begin to really look for various needs in the people we interact with, we can start to be there for them in tangible ways that leave a big impact.

 Q . Money is an easy-to-see need, but it’s far from the only one, and often isn’t even the greatest one. List a few other types of needs that people experience in life.

 Q . What do you have an availability of that could meet someone else’s need? Time, money, energy, companionship, advice, encouragement?

2. Challenge

Philippians 2:5-7 [NLT] “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…”

The cost to serve is high – emptying yourself – but that cost earns you a great benefit. Once you become a need-meeting person, you earn the right to speak into the lives of the people around you.

Q . Give an example of a need-meeting person in your life. Name a few specific ways they’ve met needs for you, or for others.

Q . What does that need-meeting value say about the rest of this person’s character? Does their selflessness inspire you to want to be like them in that way? 

Q . Now, think of someone who’s generally a taker. Do you have more or less respect for this person? Which person would you rather be around? Which would you rather take advice from?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for the people in your life who have served you by meeting your needs. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to become more aware of the wide variety of needs in the people around you.


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Poison In The Pot

1. Power Verse

Psalm 97:10 “…[God] protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked.”

What’s Up: “God Can Protect Me & Provide For My Needs!”

This week, we continue our series called, “Elisha: God’s Powerful Prophet.” In this lesson, we learn from the story of Elisha and the poison in the stew. We learn that God will protect and provide for His children!

2. Read

2 Kings 4:38-41  Elisha returned to Gilgal. There wasn’t enough food to eat in that area. The group of the prophets was meeting with Elisha. So he said to his servant, “Put the large pot over the fire. Cook some stew for these prophets.” One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs. He found a wild vine and picked some of its gourds. He picked as many as he could fit in his coat. Then he cut them up and put them into the pot of stew. But no one knew what they were. The stew was poured out for the men. They began to eat it. But then they cried out, “Man of God, the food in that pot will kill us!” They couldn’t eat it. Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it in the pot. He said, “Serve it to the men to eat.” Then there wasn’t anything in the pot that could harm them.

3. Discussion

Q. What was happening at Gigal, the place that Elisha went?

Q. What did Elisha tell his servant to do?

Q. What did the prophets find in the soup?

Q. How did Elisha respond? Was he worried? What did he do to the stew to get rid of the poison?

Q. How did the 100 people get fed?

We serve an amazing God. He is able to do so much more than we can imagine. Often, God knows exactly what we need when we don’t even realize what we need ourselves.

Q. Can you think of a time that God has protected you or provided for your needs?

Q.  Is there anything you feel you need protected from now? 

Q. Do you have any needs in your life?

Q. What should you do about your needs?

4. Prayer Focus

Pray for your children for God’s protection from bullies and things they could face at school. Pray for God to provide for their needs in their lives. Spend some time giving glory to God. End in a time of worship, giving God glory for being our provider and protector.

Brotherly Love

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Everyone has a call to “ministry,” but it’s a lot less mysterious than it seems. Being a light to your world can be as simple as being a good friend.

1. Discussion 

Matthew 11:19 [GW] The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and people say, ‘Look at him! He’s a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  “Yet, wisdom is proved right by its actions.”

Jesus didn’t do ministry the way people expected a teacher of the law to. Sure, He taught in the synagogues, but He also taught around dining tables. Spending time with people and building friendships was an integral part of Jesus’ ministry – and it should be part of ours.

Q . Do you think people criticized Jesus more for the types of people He ate with, or for the fact that He did “ministry” in an non-traditional way? Would those types of criticisms be different or mostly the same in today’s church culture?

Q . How would ministering to people by befriending them look in your life? Give a few examples.

2. Challenge

Romans 12:9-10 [NLT] “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them…  Love each other with genuine affection (brotherly love), and take delight in honoring each other.”

Ministering by being a friend is not just about time spent – it’s about real, genuine love for someone, being loyal and dependable the way brothers or sisters would be. That kind of friendship gives you access to speak into someone’s life.

Q . Who’s a person in your life who needs a relationship with God? On a scale of 1 to 10, how deep would you say your relationship is with this person?

Q . How would your ability to point this person toward God change if that relationship grew by a point or two?

Q . What’s one thing you could do this week to show genuine, selfless love toward that person?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for the friendships that are already in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you deepen relationships with people who need to know Him.


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Are You Thirsty?

1. Power Verse

John 4:14 “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

What’s Up: “Take A Drink From Jesus, And You’ll Never Thirst Again!”

In this lesson, we learn that when we have a need, we should admit it to God. From the Bible Story, we learn that when God gives instructions on what to do about our needs, we should listen to what He says, even if it doesn’t make sense. Then, when we’ve admitted our needs and obeyed God’s instructions, we can expect to receive God’s blessings!

2. Read

2 Kings 3:1-24  Joram became king of Israel in Samaria. Joram did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. He kept on committing the sins …also caused Israel to commit those same sins. He sent a message to Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah. Joram said, “The king of Moab is refusing to obey me. Will you go with me to fight against Moab?” “Yes. I’ll go with you,” Jehoshaphat replied. After seven days they ran out of water. There wasn’t any water for the men or their animals.“What should we do now?” exclaimed the king of Israel. “The Lord has called us three kings together. Did he do it only to hand us over to Moab?” But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn’t there a prophet of the Lord here? Can’t we ask the Lord for advice through him?” So the king of Israel went down to see Elisha. Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom also went there. “The Lord called us three kings together. He did it to hand us over to Moab.” Elisha said, “I serve the Lord who rules over all. You can be sure that he lives. But now bring me someone who plays the harp.” While that person was playing the harp, the Lord’s power came on Elisha. Elisha announced, “The Lord says, ‘I will fill this valley with pools of water.’ This will happen because the Lord says, ‘This valley will be filled with water. Then you will have water to drink.’ This is an easy thing for the Lord to do. He will also hand Moab over to you.” The next day, the time came to offer the morning sacrifice. And then it happened! In fact, the land was filled with water! Now all the people of Moab had heard that the kings had come to fight against them. They got up early in the morning. The sun was already shining on the water. Across the way, the water looked red to the men of Moab. It looked like blood. “That’s blood!” they said. “Those kings must have fought and killed each other. Let’s go, Moab! Let’s take everything that has any value.” So the men of Moab went to the camp of Israel. Just as they arrived there, the men of Israel got ready to fight. They fought against the men of Moab until those men ran away. The men of Israel marched into the land.

3. Discussion

Q. What did the three armies realize after seven days of traveling in the desert? What did they need?

Q. Who did they go to for help? 

Q. What did he say God would do? Did God come through? If so, how?

The world is full of people who have great needs. Even we, as Christians, have significant needs. Sometimes we need healing. Sometimes we need miracles in our families. Sometimes we need friends at school. We all have needs to be met and the solution for all of those needs comes from God!

4. Prayer Focus

Do you have any needs in your life right now? What should we do about the needs we have in our lives?  Pray for your children’s needs. Pray that they will admit their needs to God, do what He says, even if it doesn’t make sense, and begin to receive God’s blessings!

Suit Up

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Most Christians understand that God has a plan, a calling, for their life, but often don’t know what that really means. As it turns out, everyone is called to be a minister – to point other people to the truth about Jesus – and that calling is a lot less mysterious and complicated than we think.

1. Discussion 

Ephesians 4:11 [ESV] “And (Christ) gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” 

The calling to do the work of the ministry isn’t exclusive to pastors- it’s to all believers, including you!

Q . Before Sunday’s message, what sorts of actions or social roles would you associate with being a “minister?” What actions or roles would you associate with it now?

Q . How does viewing your everyday life as a divine calling change the way you feel about your job / societal role? How should it change your feelings?

2. Challenge

John 15:15 [NLT] “I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

Jesus built his disciple-making process on authentic, loving friendship. That’s the model that we should use when we set out to make everyday life our mission field.

Q . Does forging new friendships come easily to you, or is it an effort? 

Q . When you look at “being a friend” as an assignment from God, how does it change your willingness to work at it? 

Q . How effective do you think you’d be at sharing the good news about Jesus with a total stranger? How about with someone you’ve been rude or mean to? How about with someone you’ve spent months or years befriending?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for calling you to do meaningful work for Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see the mission in your everyday life.


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Do You See What I See?

1. Power Verse

2 Kings 6:17 “Then Elisha prayed, ‘Lord open his eyes and let him see.’”

What’s Up: “Even When I Cannot See, God’s Right There In Front Of Me!”

This week, we continue our series called, “Elisha: God’s Powerful Prophet.” In this lesson, we learn from a powerful story about Elisha how God opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant to see what was already there: an army of angels ready to do battle and bring the victory! We also learn how to focus on the God we DON’T see rather than the problem we DO see.

2. Read

2 Kings 6:8-23  The king of Aram was at war with Israel. They went at night and surrounded the city. The servant of the man of God got up the next morning. He went out early. He saw that an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my master!” the servant said. “What can we do?” “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Elisha prayed, “Lord, open my servant’s eyes so that he can see.” Then the Lord opened his eyes. Elisha’s servant looked up and saw the hills. He saw that Elisha was surrounded by horses and chariots made of fire. Aram’s army came down toward Elisha. Then he prayed to the Lord, “Make these soldiers blind.” So the Lord made them blind, just as Elisha had prayed. Elisha told them, “This isn’t the right road. This isn’t the right city. Follow me. I’ll lead you to the man you are looking for.” He led them to Samaria.They entered the city. Then Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men. Help them see again.” Then the Lord opened their eyes. And there they were, inside Samaria! The king of Israel saw them. So he asked Elisha, “Should I kill them? I need your advice. You are like a father to me. Should I kill them?” “Don’t kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill people you have captured with your own sword or bow? Put some food and water in front of them. Then they can eat and drink. They can go back to their master.” So the king of Israel prepared a great feast for them. After they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away. So the groups of fighting men from Aram stopped attacking Israel’s territory.

3. Discussion

Q. How did Elisha’s servant respond when he saw the armies of Aram had arrived to kill Elisha? How did Elisha respond?

Q. What did Elisha pray and what happened as a result? 

It is easy to get discouraged by what we see or don’t see. We often look in front of us and only see problems, sickness, and defeat. We focus on the problems we DO see and rarely focus on the solution we DON’T see. When we don’t always physically see how God is working on our behalf, we tend to forget He is always there fighting on our behalf. 

Q. Are there times in your life when you wonder if God is really there for you? What should you do when you feel that way?

4. Prayer Focus

Ask your children if they have been struggling with feeling like God is not there. Pray that God will open their eyes to see that He is not only there for them, but He is working to bring the victory for them!

Why People Need You

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There’s a spiritual war going on all around us for the souls of our friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. The powers of hell are formidable, the stakes are eternal – and it’s up to us to fight back on the front lines. 

1. Discussion 

2 Corinthians 4:4 [ESV] “… the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 

Our enemy is powerful, but his most dangerous tactic is not strength, it’s misdirection. The spiritually lost people around us are in trouble because they have no idea they’re lost at all.

Q . What are some tools Satan uses to blind people to the gospel? Are those more or less effective than they were 20 years ago? Why?

Q . Which person is in more danger, the one who thinks he/she doesn’t need a savior, or the one who thinks he/she is good with God, but has no relationship with Him? Which do you think is more common in your community?

2. Challenge

2 Corinthians 10:4–5 [ESV] “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…”

Satan may be strong, but the Holy Spirit is stronger. God has tasked us with fighting back. We have all the tools we need to dispel the lies and bring the truth of the gospel to our community – we just need to use them.

Q . If the Holy Spirit’s presence is what empowers us to fight back, how big of a role does daily prayer and study play in that? How does that change your perspective on discipleship?

Q . When you consider that we – as the church – are God’s pathway to save the lost, and there is no backup plan, how does that change your sense of personal responsibility? Does that make you feel important, intimidated, or something else?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank the Holy Spirit for unveiling your eyes so you could see the truth of the gospel. Ask Him to help you rise up to the mission you’ve been given, and bring light to the people around you.


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Don’t Give Up

1. Power Verse

Luke 18:27 “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

What’s Up: “It’s Never Too Late For A Miracle!”

This week, we continue our series called, “Elisha: God’s Powerful Prophet.” In this lesson, we learn from an amazing story of a widow in desperate need of God’s POWER! She found out that God can take the little bit we have and turn it into something amazing! We learn that God is our source, and, when we obey him, blessing follows obedience. God can use what little we have to do POWERFUL things!

2. Read

2 Kings 4:8-37  “You will hold a son in your arms,” Elisha said. “It will be about this time next year.” “No, my master!” she objected. “You are a man of God. So please don’t lie to me!” But the woman became pregnant. She had a baby boy. The child grew. The boy said to his father, “My head hurts! It really hurts!” “Carry him to his mother.”  The boy sat on her lap until noon. Then he died. She said, “Please send me one of the servants and a donkey. Then I can go quickly to the man of God and return.” She came to Mount Carmel. That’s where the man of God was. “My master, did I ask you for a son?” she said. “Didn’t I tell you, ‘Don’t make me hope for something that won’t happen’?” So Elisha got up and followed her. Elisha arrived at the house. The boy was dead. He walked back and forth in the room. Then he got on the bed again. He lay down on the boy once more. The boy sneezed seven times. After that, he opened his eyes.“Take your son.” She came in and fell at Elisha’s feet. She bowed down with her face toward the ground. Then she took her son and went out.

3. Discussion

Q. What impossible thing did Elisha tell the woman would happen in a year? What happened?

Q. When the boy turned 7 years old and died, who did the woman go to and ask for help?

Q. What did Elisha do? What happened to the boy?

Q. How can you be faithful to God? What talents or abilities do you have to use?

In this world, we face a lot of difficult situations. Sometimes those difficult situations seem absolutely impossible to us. Especially when something happens and it seems like it’s too late for any kind of answers. However, God knows what we need! He is a God of miracles, and we should never give up because, with Him, it’s never too late! With God’s POWER, we can face the impossible in our lives!

Q. What miracle do you need? What impossible situation are you facing? What do you know about God that should give you confidence in His ability to do a miracle in your life?

Q. How should you pray when you are facing an impossible situation and need a miracle?

4. Prayer Focus

Ask your children if they need a miracle. Pray for your children that God would do the impossible in their lives and perform a miracle!

Broken People

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Life is messy – no one makes it for very long without collecting a few scars along the way. Brokenness in our past -or present- can turn us inward and drive us to cover up our story, but if we let Him, God can use the worst of our lives to bring some of the greatest change in others.

1. Discussion 

Luke 5:31-32 [NLT]  “…Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” 

Jesus is not looking for the best and brightest, He’s searching for broken people who need saving – which just happens to include you.

Q . What’s an example of a hurt, failure, or dark season in your past which you’d rather keep hidden or forgotten?

Q . What emotions do you feel when you remember that event or season?

Q . Jesus didn’t run away from you because of it- He ran toward you because of it. How does that alter how you feel about your past?

2. Challenge

1 Timothy 1:15-16 [NLT] “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I (Paul) am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.”

Q . Think of the emotions you felt when you remembered the scars from your past. How do you think Paul felt about his?

 Q . It’s easy to see how Paul’s visible life change was an example of God’s grace. How might God be able to use your hurts, failures, and dark seasons  (as well as the healing that He brought or is bringing) to be an example to people in your world?

Q . The story of God’s transforming power in your life may be the key to someone else being born again. How does that change your willingness to be open about it?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank Jesus for searching you out and healing your brokenness. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you boldness to share your story so others can find healing.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

God Can Do It

1. Power Verse

Luke 18:27 “What is impossible for people is possible with God.”

What’s Up: “God Can Do A Lot With A Little!”

This week, we continue our series called, “Elisha: God’s Powerful Prophet.” In this lesson, we learn from an amazing story of a widow in desperate need of God’s POWER! She found out that God can take the little bit we have and turn it into something amazing! We learn that God is our source, and, when we obey him, blessing follows obedience. God can use what little we have to do POWERFUL things!

2. Read

2 Kings 4:1-7 (NIRV)  

“The wife of a man from the group of the prophets cried out to Elisha. She said, ‘My husband is dead. You know how much respect he had for the Lord. But he owed money to someone. And now that person is coming to take my two boys away. They will become his slaves.’ Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you? Tell me. What do you have in your house?’ ‘I don’t have anything there at all,’ she said. ‘All I have is a small jar of olive oil.’ Elisha said, ‘Go around to all your neighbors. Ask them for empty jars. Get as many as you can. Then go inside your house. Shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars. As each jar is filled, put it over to one side.’ The woman left him. Then she shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her. And she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she spoke to one of her sons. She said, ‘Bring me another jar.’ But he replied, ‘There aren’t any more left.’ Then the oil stopped flowing. She went and told the man of God about it. He said, ‘Go and sell the oil. Pay what you owe. You and your sons can live on what is left.’”

3. Discussion

Q. Why did the woman need money?

Q. What was the only thing the woman had in her house?

Q. What did Elisha tell the woman to borrow from her friends?

Q.  What did the woman do with the oil in her jar? When did the oil run out?

Very often, we sell ourselves short. We begin to compare ourselves to others – our talent, our abilities, our money, our family – and we convince ourselves that we have very little to offer God. However, God does not ask us to out-perform, out-give, or out-do our friends and neighbors. God asks us to be faithful with what He has given us. No matter how “little” our lives may be, if we give God what we have, He will use us to accomplish BIG things for Him.

Q. Have you ever faced a hopeless situation that God used to do something big?

Q. How can you be faithful to God? What talents or abilities do you have to use?

4. Prayer Focus

Pray for your children that God would use them to do big things for His kingdom and would use their little to do a lot.

The Security of Humility

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Nobody likes to be humiliated. From childhood on, we all learn to avoid embarrassing situations and improve our standing with others. In God’s leadership system, though, the noblest thing we can do is to voluntarily lower ourselves, not in shame, but in service to others.

1. Discussion 

Philippians 2:3–4 [ESV] “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Q . Which is easier – serving your own interests, or those of others? Which requires more strength?

Q . What’s a scenario in your life where it’s easy to serve others? What makes it easy?

Q . What’s a scenario where it’s hard to serve others? What makes it hard?

Q . Godly humility doesn’t mean belittling yourself or being a doormat for others to abuse. Describe an example of “humility” that’s belittling and abused. Contrast that with an example of humility with dignity and strength.

2. Challenge

Matthew 23:12 [ESV] “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

One way or another, everyone will be humbled or, “made low.” If you do it voluntarily, God will bless you. If not… well, it’s not a pleasant experience, to say the least!

Q . Think of a time in your life when you were proud, and someone / something brought you down a few notches. How did that feel? Was the end result positive or negative for you?

Q . Think of a time when you voluntarily lowered yourself to put someone else first. How did that feel at the time? How do you feel about it now, looking back? Was the end result positive or negative for you?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank Jesus for modeling true leadership by serving humanity. Ask the Holy Spirit to point out places in your life where you tend to “exalt” yourself, and to give you the strength of character to choose humility and service.


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Don’t Keep It To Yourself

1. Power Verse

Mark 16:15 “…Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.”

What’s Up: “I Will Share God’s Love With The World!”

In our Bible Story, we learn from Elisha and four lepers the importance of sharing and not holding good news to ourselves. Especially, since we have the greatest news – the Good News of Jesus dying on the cross and raising to life for our salvation and eternal life in Heaven. The world is starving for the truth, and we must deliver the Good News to the world!

2. Read

2 Kings 7 (NIRV)  

Elisha replied, “Listen to a message from the Lord. He says, ‘About this time tomorrow, flour won’t cost very much.’ The king was leaning on an officer’s arm. The officer spoke to the man of God. The officer said, “Suppose the Lord opens the sky and pours down food on us. Even if he does, could what you are saying really happen?” “You will see it with your own eyes,” answered Elisha.

The Attack on Samaria Ends

There were four men who had a skin disease. They were at the entrance of the gate of Samaria. They said to one another, “Why should we stay here until we die? So let’s go over to Aram’s army camp. Let’s give ourselves up. If they spare us, we’ll live. If they kill us, we’ll die.” They arrived at the edge of it. But no one was there. The Lord had caused the soldiers of Aram to hear a noise like a huge army. So the soldiers of Aram had run away at sunset. They had left the camp just as it was. And they had run for their lives. The men who had a skin disease arrived at the edge of the camp. They entered one of the tents. They ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes. They went off and hid them. But then they said to one another, “What we’re doing isn’t right. This is a day of good news. And we’re keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until sunrise, we’ll be punished. Let’s report this to the royal palace.” Then the people went out of the city. So 12 pounds of the finest flour sold for less than half of an ounce of silver. And 20 pounds of barley sold for the same price. That’s exactly what the Lord had said would happen. What Elisha, the man of God, had told the king came true. 

3. Discussion

Q. Who doubted Elisha when he said there would be plenty of food the next day?

Q. Who was at the gate of the city? Where did they decide to go?

Q. What did the lepers find in the Aramean’s camp? What did they decide to do when they stopped eating?

Q. What happened when they shared the good news with the whole city?

The world is full of bad news. There are lots of bad things going on in the world. People are constantly dealing with tough stuff. The world is longing for the truth that someone loves them and has the power to help them! As Christians, we have that truth, and we have to share with the world that God loves everyone and has the power to help us with whatever we face in life.

4. Prayer Focus

What Good News do we have, as Christians, that the world needs to know? What can you do to share that Good News of Jesus with others? Pray for your children to have the courage to share the Good News about Jesus and let everyone they know see the truth of God’s love every day.

How to Overcome You

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

It’s hard to do the right thing sometimes. Sure – in a vacuum, we can usually determine what God’s way is in any situation, and we’d like to think that’s the decision we would make. Real life doesn’t happen in a vacuum, though, and in the heat of the moment, our sin-nature sometimes wins out over our God-nature. The struggle is real.

1. Discussion 

Romans 8:5-6 [ESV] “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

Q . Have you ever set your mind to do the right thing, and then changed and did the wrong thing in the moment? What made you change?

Q . What are one or two battlegrounds in your life where you wrestle often between doing things God’s way and doing things your way? 

Why do you think it’s such a challenge?

2. Challenge

Galatians 5:22-24 [NLT] “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”

When we devote ourselves to studying the Bible and listening to the Holy Spirit’s direction, we strengthen the push for God’s way in our mind and weaken the push for self and sin.

Q . In the struggle to do right, do you normally focus on pushing the sin-nature down or building the God-nature up? Which should it be?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for His Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in you to teach you a better way. Ask the Holy Spirit to grow His outlook and attitudes in you so you can win more and more of the struggles in life.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

How To Be A Faithful Follower

1. Power Verse

Matthew 16:24 (ESV) “…If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.”

What’s Up: I Will Follow God With All Of My Heart!”

This week, we start a brand new series called, “Elisha: God’s Powerful Prophet.” From the amazing life of Elisha, we learn how to be faithful followers of God! In this lesson, we learn some valuable lessons from the story of Elisha being called to follow the prophet, Elijah. If Elisha had not learned to be a good, faithful follower, he never would have become the powerful, godly leader that he became.

2. Read

1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2 (NIRV)  Elisha was plowing in a field. Elijah went up to him. He threw his coat around him. He ran after Elijah. Then he started to follow Elijah. He became Elijah’s servant. The Lord was going to use a strong wind to take Elijah up to heaven. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here. The Lord has sent me to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “I won’t leave you. And that’s just as sure as the Lord and you are alive.” There was a group of prophets at Bethel. They came out to where Elisha was. They asked him, “Do you know what the Lord is going to do? He’s going to take your master away from you today.” “Yes, I know,” Elisha replied. “So be quiet.” So the two of them walked on. Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan River.  Elijah rolled up his coat. Then he struck the water with it. The water parted to the right and to the left. The two of them went across the river on dry ground. After they had gone across, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me. What can I do for you before I’m taken away from you?” “Please give me a double share of your spirit,” Elisha replied.“You have asked me for something that’s very hard to do,” Elijah said. “But suppose you see me when I’m taken away from you. Then you will receive what you have asked for.” They kept walking together. Suddenly there appeared a chariot and horses made of fire. Then Elijah went up to heaven in a strong wind. Elisha saw it and cried out to Elijah, “My father! You are like a father to me! You, Elijah, are the true chariots and horsemen of Israel!” Elisha didn’t see Elijah anymore. Then Elisha took hold of his own garment and tore it in two. He picked up the coat that had fallen from Elijah. He went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan River. Then he struck the water with Elijah’s coat. “Where is the power of the Lord?” he asked. “Where is the power of the God of Elijah?” When Elisha struck the water, it parted to the right and to the left. He went across the river.

3. Discussion

Q. Who showed up and put his cloak around Elisha, saying, “Follow me”? What did Elisha ask for when Elijah was about to ascend into Heaven?

Before we can be a good leader, we first have to learn to be a good follower. Of whom in your life should you decide to be a good follower?

4. Prayer Focus

Pray your children will be faithful followers. Challenge them to be humble, and to be committed to God even through the tough times.