September 15

The Gifts of God’s Power
(Elijah and Elisha)

2 Kings 2

Nursery

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Christ Connection:
The Holy Spirit helps us when we trust in Jesus.

Story Point:
There is one God.

Big Ideas:

  • Elisha was Elijah’s helper.

  • God took Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind.

  • God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah.


Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God chose Elisha to be His prophet after Elijah.

  • A chariot of fire took Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind.

  • Elisha was given the same spirit that gave Elijah power.

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Christ Connection:
God gave Elisha the same spirit that as in Elijah so Elisha could do his work 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 Jesus’ good news with the world.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true God.

Story Point:
God chose Elisha to be His prophet after Elijah.

Big Ideas:

  • Elisha was Elijah’s helper.

  • God took Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind.

  • God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did Elisha want the same spirit that was in Elijah?

  • How do we know God gave Elisha the same spirit that was in Elijah?

  • Who does God give us to help us share the good news of Jesus with the world?

Family Activities:

  • Guide family members to practice sharing the gospel with each other using a resource such as “The Gospel: God’s Plan for Preschoolers.” Brainstorm times, places, and people you can share the gospel with.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Elijah’s time as prophet was almost done.

  • God told Elijah to find Elisha.

  • Elisha followed Elijah and saw God take Elijah up to heaven.

  • God chose Elisha to continue Elijah’s work as a prophet.

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Story Point:
God chose Elisha to continue Elijah’s work as a prophet.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true god who alone deserves worship.

Christ Connection:
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.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why do you think Elisha wanted the same sprit that was in Elijah?

  • How can people today have access to the power of God’s Spirit?

  • What work does God have for believers today?

Family Activity:
Work with your kids to come up with three names of friends for family member whom each of them can be praying for. Discuss ways to share the gospel and what it means to disciple someone. Write the names on sticky notes and display them prominently.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Isaiah 42:8

Story Point:
God chose Elisha to continue Elijah’s work as a prophet.

Big Picture Question:
How many gods are there? There is one true god who alone deserves worship.

Christ Connection:
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.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What was the significance of Elisha parting the water?

  • Describe someone whose faith has encouraged you.

  • Can we obey God by our own power? Why or why not?