REAL MEN

 

REAL MEN ARE STEADY

REAL MEN #6 – ELISHA

This is a complete lesson.

 

Some things stick with you.  Over 20 years ago I was telling Bob Smith, a man paralyzed from his waist down, that I was going to do a series on Elisha the Prophet.  Bob’s reply was right on when he said “He was steady!”

 

~       What does it mean to be “steady”?

~       Who is the steadiest Christian you know?

~       What Scriptures do you know that tell us we should be steady as Christians?

 

Throughout his life Elisha proved himself to be a steady prophet, or a steady man of God.  A real man of God will follow Elisha’s example. Here are some ways that Elisha showed himself to be steady.

 

STEADY TRAINING – 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21

Ø     God chose Elisha to be Elijah’s successor. Vss. 15-16

Ø     After Elijah called Elisha, what did Elisha do?

Ø     How did Elisha learn to be a prophet?

Ø     What responsibility does the local church have in training future leaders?  How should we go about training future leaders?  Ephesians 4:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:1-2,

Ø     Do we ever push people into leadership when they are not ready?  Why?

 

STEADY TRANSITION – 2 Kings 2

V     Everyone knew that Elijah would be leaving. Vss. 1-8

V     What did Elisha know about the future that would be a concern to Him?

V     Why did Elisha refuse to leave Elijah alone? Vs. 9

V     Was Elisha’s request selfish? Vs. 9

V     Why was Elisha’s request a hard thing? Vs. 10

V     What are some “hard things” that men of God should be requesting of God?

V     Why do you think Elisha tore his garments when Elijah was taken to Heaven? Vss. 11-12

V     What was the significance of the parting of the waters by Elisha? Vss. 13-15

V     How do we know when someone is ready teach, preach or lead?

 

STEADY TESTIMONY – 2 Kings 4

&  Why is a man’s testimony important?

&  Read verses 1-7.

&  How did this instance affect Elisha’s testimony?

&  What lessons are here for those who will be leaders?

&  Read verses 8-10.

&  What was Elisha’s testimony to this woman that

      prompted her to do what she did?

&  How should we treat Godly leaders today?

1 Timothy 5:17-18

&  The lady had no child but Elisha promised her a son and

      a son was born. Vss. 11-17

&  The son became sick and died.  It was his response of

      concern and prayer that saved the child. Vss. 32-37

&  Why is it important that men of God be compassionate?

&  Why is it important that men of God be men of prayer?

 

STEADY TRANSMISSION – 2 Kings 5

ü     Naaman was a mighty Syrian general who had leprosy. Vs. 1

ü     His wife’s maid, an Israelite, told her about Elisha.

     Vss. 2-3

ü     When the Syrian king was approached, he sent Naaman to the king of Israel. Vss. 4-7

ü     Elisha was not afraid to speak up, to speak for the Lord and to take on the hard jobs.  Vs. 8

ü     Why is it that men sometimes shrink away from certain jobs for the Lord?

ü     How do we know when it’s time to attempt something for the Lord that seems difficult at best, and impossible at the worst?

ü     How was Elisha’s procedure and proclamation bold and risky?  Vss. 10-12

ü     How was Elisha vindicated? Vss. 13-19

ü     In what ways does God vindicate His servants today?

 

STEADY TRUST – 2 Kings 6:8-23

P  With God’s help, Elisha was warning the King of Israel about the ambushes of the Syrians. Vss. 8-10

P  The King of Syria sent to capture Elisha, when he discovered what Elisha was doing. Vss. 11-14

P  Why did Elisha’s servant panic?  Vss. 15

P  Why did Elisha fail to panic? Vss. 16-17

P  What does Elisha teach us about trust?

P  What verses do you know that remind us to trust God in the midst of troubles?

 

STEADY TERMINATION – 2 Kings 13:14-21

6       When should a leader retire?

6       When did Elisha retire? Vss. 13-21

6       What does Elisha teach us about faithfulness?

6       Elijah and Elisha both finished well.

6       What does The Apostle Paul teach us in Acts 20:24

But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

 

6       What does he teach us in 2 Timothy 4:7-8?

2 Timothy 4:7-8 - I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: [8] Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

 

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