Once Upon A Time Part 2: Never The End

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
June 13, 2021
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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Dad Joke Sunday - Nominate Your Favorite Dad!

Next Sunday for Father’s Day in the adult service AND in Kid City, we’re hamming things up with “Dad Joke Sunday.” In the adult service, we’re having a Dad Joke “Don’t Laugh Challenge.” Two dads will face off with their best dad jokes to try to make the other dad laugh. If you think your favorite dad has what it takes to compete, then nominate them on your Connection Card and we’ll select a winner next week! And in Kid City, if your preschooler or elementary student tells a silly Dad joke in their class, they get to win a prize. It’s going to be a ton of fun!

Kid City’s Family Game Night - June 25
If you have elementary age students, then you won’t want to miss our family game night on June 25 at 6:30pm at each of our campuses! There will be games and activities set up all over the building which will be a ton of fun. And it’s a great opportunity to meet other families and get to know your student’s small group leader. So mark your calendars for June 25 and we’ll see you then!

OneLife Students - ‘Murica Celebration on June 30
To get ready for the 4th of July, OneLife Students is celebrating America with some good ‘ole southern class with a ‘Murica Celebration party. It’ll take place at our East Campus on Wednesday night, June 30 at 6:30pm. So middle and high schoolers, break out your best mullets and red, white & blue attire, come ready for some hot dogs & backyard ‘Murica games, and get ready to celebrate the US of A! We can’t wait to see you there!

Baptism
If you’ve given your life to Jesus but haven’t taken the step of baptism then there’s never been a better time than now. Go to onelifeknox.com/baptism so we can help you get started.

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GIVE BACK
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MULTIPLICATION
Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be discipleable or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
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SERMON NOTES


BOTTOM LINE: The end of one story is never the end of the story.

2 Kings 13:20 NLT
Then Elisha died and was buried. Groups of Moabite raiders used to invade the land each spring.

2 Kings 13:21 NLT
Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!

2 Kings 2:9 NLT
When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.” And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”

2 Kings 2:10 NLT

“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.”

1. The story is still being written until God's promises are fulfilled.


2 Kings 13:21 NLT
Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!

2. The end of my story is the beginning of somebody else's story.


2 Kings 13:21 NLT
Once when some Israelites were burying a man, they spied a band of these raiders. So they hastily threw the corpse into the tomb of Elisha and fled. But as soon as the body touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man revived and jumped to his feet!

3. Death may be the end of one story, but it is not the end of my story.


John 11:25-26 NLT
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

Revelation 1:18 NLT
I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
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Start Talking

When have you thought a story was over, only to find out there was still more to the story? Maybe it was at a sporting event, a movie or TV show, or personal experience.

Start Thinking
Read 2 Kings 13:20-21. What appears to be the end of a story for Elisha and the other, unnamed man in this passage? Why do we so easily think that this is the end of a story? What fears does this lead to for people without faith? Why should people of faith have a different perspective?

In verse 21, what do the funeral procession attenders do when they think they are about to face the end of their own story? What does this show us about their faith and what they value most? What does the end of this story teach us about faith, death, and fear?

Start Sharing
Read 2 Corinthians 1:20. When have you experienced the fulfillment of a promise, even after it seemed like all hope was lost and the story was already written, or you thought that the end was already determined and God's promise wasn't coming through?

Read Romans 8:28. How have you experienced this verse in your life? Specifically, how have you experienced the end of one story being the beginning of another story? How have you experienced the legacy impact of someone's story still making a difference like Elisha's did, even after death?

Start Doing
If we are going to have an impact well beyond the grave like Elisha did, what can we do this week to live in a way that will continue to ripple even after our earthly story has ended?

Read 2 Kings 2:9. If we were to make this our prayer, how will you pray this week for yourself? For your family? For your church? Read Philippians 1:6. How can this verse increase your faith while you wait for God to answer these prayers?

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CONNECTION CARDS
Be sure to fill out the online Connection Card to let us know next steps, prayer requests, or other information you'd like to share, Click Here.
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WHAT'S NEXT?
Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?