Once Upon A Time Part 4: How to Fight

MICRO CHURCH GUIDE
June 27, 2021

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kid City Red, White & Blue Sunday

Every week throughout the summer, Kid City has been giving kids a chance to win points for prizes! Next Sunday, in celebration of America for the 4th of July, your kids can wear red, white & blue to earn points. So dress your kids in their best USA attire, invite a friend, 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:
I don't fight for God. God fights for me.

2 Kings 2:23-25 NLT

23 Elisha left Jericho and went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, a group of boys from the town began mocking and making fun of him. “Go away, baldy!” they chanted. “Go away, baldy!” 24 Elisha turned around and looked at them, and he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of them. 25 From there Elisha went to Mount Carmel and finally returned to Samaria.

1. Attack will come when I let God use me.

2. Attack will come when I least expect it.

3. My response to attack reveals where my reliance lies.

4. When I let God fight for me, he protects me and defends himself.

5. I won't let the fight stop me, knowing He has already won.


START TALKING
1. When have you stepped in to fight for someone or protect someone that couldn't fight for themself? When has someone stepped in to fight for you or protect you?

START THINKING
1. Read 2 Kings 2:23-24. This happens while Elisha is likely grieving the loss of his mentor Elijah and also while he is new to his leadership role as the prophet replacing Elijah, right after he had two huge victories and miracles happen. Put yourself in his shoes as you read this passage: what do you think he was feeling now that a pretty major attack came? What do you think might have gone through his mind? What do you think this means for you when you try to grow in your faith, influence, and ministry, and how that relates to what those far from God might think, say, or do?

2. Read 2 Kings 2:25. Why do you think this detail is so important? What do you think this would have shown to the rest of this community of unbelievers and evil people? What do you think it would have shown to those who follow God and saw Elisha continue on?

START SHARING
1. Read Genesis 1:27 and Ephesians 2:10. What does this mean for you? While you might believe or agree with this on an intellectual level, what makes it hard to believe this on a heart level and truly embrace it? How would truly embracing this help you to let God fight for you when attack comes, and how does this help you in the moment of attack understand better what - or who - is really being attacked?

2. Read Exodus 14:13-14. When have you experienced this and seen God fight for you? Was it hard to be still and wait on God to do the fighting? How did you trying to fight for yourself or even fight for God get in the way of Him winning the fight for you?

START DOING
1. What do you find yourself not doing for God because attack has come in the past when you did or because you are afraid attack may come if you take that next step of faith or if you begin to let God speak through you? What do you need to do this week to keep moving toward what God has called you, knowing he will fight for you, protect you, and defend himself?

2. What can you do this week and who can you be intentional with so that God is able to use you and speak through you? How will you be prepared to let God fight for you if attack comes when you step into this next level of faith?

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CONNECTION CARDS

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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)?