Elisha Served As A Prophet:
The focus of this family time is to use five easy steps to teach your family that God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah so Elisha could carry out his mission as a prophet. Years later, Jesus told His followers to wait for the Holy Spirit. God gives believers the Holy Spirit so they can share the gospel with the world.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Learn the Memory Verse together and say it throughout the week to help your family remember and apply what they have learned.
STEP 1. GATHER!
Use this time to begin Family Worship Night and have fun!
Sit down as a family and talk over the Bible story. Explain to your kids that Elisha needed God’s Spirit to help him do the work God called him to do. Take some time and write a short list of ways your family can share God’s love this week: invite some neighbors to church, make a sick friend a meal, invite the new neighbors on the street to play, share the gospel with a friend at school, etc. Pray together and ask God to help you live out these things with the help of the Holy Spirit.
STEP 2. WORSHIP!
- Sing and have fun while worshiping then pray. Take a moment here to thank God for your family and your time together!!
STEP 3. BIBLE!
Watch the Bible story video or read 2 Kings 2 from the Bible:
STEP 4. DISCUSSION!
Use these questions and points to have a conversation with your children about the Bible story.
- God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah so Elisha could do his work as a prophet.
- Do you remember what Jesus told His followers? to wait for the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus told His followers that the Holy Spirit would come and give believers the power to share Jesus’ good news with the world.
- God gives believers the Holy Spirit so they can share Jesus’ good news with the world.
- One of the most popular events in track & field is the 4 x 100-meter relay. Each team has four runners who each run 100 meters. Runners pass a baton to the next runner—hopefully without dropping it. The fourth and final runner for the team is the anchor. The anchor is typically the fastest and most experienced runner, and it is their job to finish the race for their team!
- Just as God had called Elijah to speak His words to the people, God also called a man named Elisha to be His prophet. The work Elijah had started was going to be passed on—like a baton in a relay race—to Elisha. Elisha asked for the same spirit that had powered the work of Elijah, so God gave His Spirit to Elisha to finish his mission. The people saw that Elisha had the same spirit, and they believed Elisha was God’s prophet to share God’s words with them.
- Before returning to Heaven, Jesus commanded His followers to carry on with the mission of making disciples and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus passed the baton to His followers and told them to continue sharing the message of the gospel. All believers have this mission, and they have the Holy Spirit to help them. The Holy Spirit is God living with us and in us. The Spirit helps us to follow God and to carry on the mission of spreading the good news of Jesus to the world!
- God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah so Elisha could carry out his mission as a prophet. Years later, Jesus told His followers to wait for the Holy Spirit. God gives believers the Holy Spirit so they can share the gospel with the world.
STEP 5. Pray!
- Pray: God, thank You for giving Your Spirit to every believer to help them share the good news of Jesus. You give power and boldness to Your people so the world can know Jesus and believe in Him. Give us Your Spirit and help us to tell others about Jesus.