Last week Fares Abraham examined ways to reach people for Christ. We looked at 2 Kings 6:1-7, as an example of how Elisha reached those in his circle for the greater glory of God.
Target time: 5-10 minutes
Share how you were brought to church and came to accept Christ? If you haven’t yet accepted Christ, then how were you brought to this small group?
Target time: 45-50 minutes
Small Group Leaders, please always make an intentional effort to have each person engage in the discussion. Remember, all Small group discussions are meant to “…[build] others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29b).
Also, as with every week, Small Group Leaders should never feel the pressure of having to go in-depth on every question, or completing the entire outline. The purpose of these questions is to enhance your group time, and to encourage people to seek a deeper personal relationship with God. Do not let the pressure of thorough completion of the questions distract from what God might be doing in your group, at a deeper level.
Read the following out loud:
6 One day the group of prophets came to Elisha and told him, “As you can see, this place where we meet with you is too small. 2 Let’s go down to the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs. There we can build a new place for us to meet."
“All right,” he told them, “go ahead.”
3 “Please come with us,” someone suggested.
“I will,” he said. 4 So he went with them.
When they arrived at the Jordan, they began cutting down trees. 5 But as one of them was cutting a tree, his ax head fell into the river. “Oh, sir!” he cried. “It was a borrowed ax!”
6 “Where did it fall?” the man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at that spot. Then the ax head floated to the surface. 7 “Grab it,” Elisha said. And the man reached out and grabbed it.
2 Kings 6:1-7 (NLT)
Question 1 – Consider 2 Kings 6:1-2. Why was the group of prophets going to the Jordan River?
Question 2 – Elisha tells the prophets to go ahead, but someone in the group says, “Please come with us,” 2 Kings 6:3. Why do you think it’s significant that someone invited Elisha?
Question 3 – In life, how does God treat us similarly, waiting for our invitation to “come with us?”
Question 4 – Do you think the prophets were equipped to handle the tasks at hand? While they may have been capable, it was probably not their common practice, since someone in the group had to borrow an ax. What do you think Elisha brought to the group beside skill?
Question 5 – In 2 Kings 6:6, Elisha is called “man of God,” and yet, they were all prophets; Still, somehow Elisha stood out from the others. In 2 Corinthians 5:20, it says we are “Christ’s ambassadors.” As an ambassador for Christ, what can you bring to others and situations that the world cannot?
Question 6 – When the ax was lost in the river, the man who borrowed the ax knew he could not replace it or recover it. Why?
Question 7 – As with many portions of scripture in The Old Testament, the foreshadowing of Christ is revealed. How are we like the man who lost the ax in the Jordan River? It is important to also know that the Jordan River is symbolic for a place between spiritual and physical life and may help you in finding your answer.
Question 8 – 2 Kings 6:1-7 is a lovely example of how a simple activity turned into an opportunity for God to be revealed. Have you ever seen God show up or redeem similar, unassuming, situations?
Live It Out:
Do you have any current invitations to participate in seemingly mundane activities? Can you see from today’s scripture how they might be opportunities for God to do something miraculous through you, even if it’s just being an ambassador for Christ?
As Fares Abraham mentioned in his sermon, it’s important to ask God to grow beyond your limits. Ask God for supernatural power to be the man or woman of God in whatever circumstance He puts you in. And, finally, ask for God to show up when you go, on his behalf, as His Christ ambassador.