Cell Outlines | Week 3 January 2006
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Week #3 Theme: Mentoring - Spiritual Inheritance (2 Kings 2:1-14)
Paper, Bibles, pens
Who was your hero growing up? Who did you want to be like? What qualities of theirs did you admire? Which of their
qualities do you think you have now?
Read 2 Kings 2:1-14.
Elijah had been mentoring Elisha in his mission as a prophet for some time before this passage. What do you see in
this passage that suggests Elijah was a good mentor? What do you see that suggests Elisha was a good student?
Why didn’t Elisha want to leave Elijah’s side?
Why did Elisha ask for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit?
Why is it significant that Elisha took Elijah’s cloak and parted the water with it?
Do you find it easy to give over responsibility for a task to someone else?
Have you had an opportunity to use your gifts and talents in the church? If not, what is preventing you?
What is your spiritual inheritance? What is the lasting impression your parents, your leaders, and your heroes have
given you about God and about your ministry?
Write down all the good stuff that has been passed on to you (as if these people had left you an inheritance in a will),
and all the “bad” stuff as well on a separate piece of paper.
Thank God for the good stuff you have inherited, and keep that paper. Hand over the bad stuff to God in prayer, and
get rid of the paper.
What spiritual inheritance are you leaving for others? What influence are you having? Write down the names of some of
the people you influence, and how you think you are influencing them spiritually. Is there any influence you have had
that you regret, and would like to change?
Cell Outlines | Week 3 (continued) January 2006
Movie: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – great relationship between Indy and his father.
Books: The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Movie: American History X – A violent and disturbing movie, but powerfully shows the effects of bad mentoring and
It is vital to realize here that Elijah, the great prophet, is about to be taken up to heaven. Elisha, his trainee, is about to
take over his ministry and mission, and this passage illustrates the transition.
Elisha did not want to leave his mentor, Elijah, which suggests he had great respect and love for him. Both Elijah and
Elisha show here a deep desire only for the things of God, and for obedience to God’s direct commands.
Elisha wanted a double portion of Elijah’s spirit because it represented a continuance of Elijah’s ministry. It was also the
law that firstborn children received a double portion of their father’s inheritance, so Elisha was claiming spiritual sonship
Elisha took Elijah’s cloak to say he was continuing on with his work. Parting the water not only was a sign that Elisha
was following in Elijah’s footsteps, but also that he was following in Moses’ and Joshua’s.