“ARE THESE THE DAYS OF ELISHA?”

 

In 2013, Pastor Jensen presented the message series, “Days of Elijah” borrowing the title from the beloved praise and worship song.  That series focused on the life and ministry of Elijah the prophet.  Much has changed in the church since 2013 and things could begin to change very rapidly very soon.  One thing that needs to happen in order for God’s church to move forward in these rapidly changing times is this:  We need to beg the Lord of the Harvest to raise up new leaders with a passion and heart for God.  Elisha was the prophet that God raised up to take the place of Elijah.  Though his personality and ministry were different than Elijah’s, Elisha had an effective and amazing ministry.  Many of the great spiritual leaders of our lifetime (like Billy Graham) have gone on to claim their eternal reward.  Many pastors and spiritual leaders in the local church are aging and retiring as well.  So a current burning question is, “Who are today’s Elisha’s who will replace the Elijah’s in God’s church?”  The Eastern Regional Conference of the Churches of God is unveiling an initiative entitled, “Discipleship:  Discover, Develop and Deploy” as a way to address this issue.  We need to fast, pray and be obedient to God to see to it that a new generation of men and women are developed into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  “Are These the Days of Elisha?”—in other words, are we approaching the time in which God will soon raise up a bunch of Elisha’s to take over the ministries that were held by so many Elijah’s?”  Let’s pray that this is so!  Below is a list message titles, texts and themes we will discover in this series. 

 

“The New Kid on the Block” – 1 Kings 19:10-21

 The Ideal Spiritual Leader:  Called and Committed

“Out with the Old and In with the New” – 2 Kings 2:1-14

 The Ideal Spiritual Leader:  Trained and Mentored

“The Words of the Wise” – 2 Kings 2:15-22

 The Ideal Leader:  Wise

“Respect, Just a Little Bit” – 2 Kings 2:23-25

 The Ideal Leader:  Authoritative   

“No Care-Less Leaders, Please” – 2 Kings 4:1-37

 The Ideal Leader:  Caring

“Keep Knocking and Talking” – 2 Kings 5:1-19

 The Ideal Leader:  Persuasive and Persistent

“You Oughta’ Be Truthin’” – 2 Kings 5:20-27

 The Ideal Leader:  Principled and Honest

“Have Nothing to Fear” – 2 Kings 6:8-23

 The Ideal Leader:  Courageous

“I Do Believe” – 2 Kings 6:24-7:2

 The Ideal Leader:  Possessing Great Faith in God

“Yes You Can!” – 2 Kings 13:14-20

 The Ideal Leader:  Motivational