Session 1 - Looking Beyond
Getting Started: Find a conversation starter for your group.
- We all have limits. We may never be professional athletes or billionaires. What is one thing you would like to do but it is beyond your capability?
- How can we limit ourselves by focusing on our own capabilities?
Read Psalms 24:1 (NIV) - The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
- What does this verse say about the resources God has?
- What are some false resources we use in place of God’s unlimited resources?
- Is it hard to look beyond our limited resources to allow God to unlock His unlimited resources for us?
Read 2 Kings 4:1 (NLT) - One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, “My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the LORD. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.”
- Sometimes we reach our limit because of circumstances beyond our control other times we create our own crisis. How does our reaction to crisis differ?
- Pastor said “every limit allows an opportunity for God to unlock your full future in His unlimited resources.” What do you think he meant by that?
Read 2 Kings 4:2 (NLT) - “What can I do to help you?” Elisha asked. “Tell me, what do you have in the house?” “Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,” she replied.
- What was the first question Elisha asked the woman?
- Do you find it hard to look beyond your limits and ask God for help? Is he your last resort or your first resource for help?
- Elisha oddly asked the woman “what do you have?”. What was her 2-part response?
- It’s easy to look at what we do have and think we have nothing to help our situation. What did the story of the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fishes teach us about giving what we do have to God?
- Pastors said “Our limited nothing coupled with Gods unlimited power always equals more then we could ever imagine.” How does this also work in our lives?
Read 2 Kings 4:2 (NLT) - And Elisha said, “Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.”.
- Why was Elisha’s command to the woman odd? Does trusting God always make sense to us?
Read 2 Kings 4:3-4 (NLT) - So she did as she was told Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! “Bring me another jar,” she said to one of her sons. “There aren’t any more!” he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he ` to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.”
- What was the woman’s response to Elisha’s request? What was the outcome of her obedience?
- Did the woman get exactly what she asked or did God provide beyond what she asked for?
- How important is obedience we God ask us to do something that doesn’t make sense?
What’s Your Next Step
- Are you asking God or trying to fix things yourself? Your next step maybe to ask God too show how to look beyond your limited resources and focus on His unlimited resources to bless you and others.
- Today you received a Jar after the service. Is there limits that you are not looking beyond and trusting God’s unlimited resources with? Your next Step is to use that jar to remind you to give what you have trusting in God’s resources.
Only when look beyond our own limits and give God everything we have can he unlock our unlimited resources for us.