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Conduits of Restoration

October 14, 2018 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Living in the Holy Spirit

Topic: Conduits of Restoration

GOING DEEPER QUESTIONS (LIFE GROUP)
1. What stood out to you about this message and why?
2. What is significant in the meaning of both Shunem and Issachar?
3. How did God use Elisha to draw the Shunamite woman closer to Himself?
4. How was the Shunamite woman’s faith challenged? Why could Gehazi not
restore life into the child? Why could Elisha?
5. As people come into Cornerstone- who do you want to be in their lives:
Gehazi or Elisha? What makes the difference?
6. How is your prayer / fasting personally? Does your walk demonstrate its
presence or absence? What are you going to do about this?


MESSAGE OUTLINE
Title: Conduits of Restoration
Series: Living in the Holy Spirit
Text: Key Passage- I John 4:1-6
Main Idea: The Cross releases us to RISE UP in Him!
I. A City Staged to Tell A Remarkable Story
a) Shunem, double resting place, was a city within the region
allotted to Issachar, meaning a place of recompense.
*See Joshua 19:18
b) Shunem, where the Philistines came to stand against Israel in
a battle that would see the death of their king, Saul.
*See 1 Samuel 28:4
II. Surendar built on the debris of Lost Hope (2 Kings 4:8-17)
a) A Shunamite woman, who lives in security, sees and invites
Elisha into her home for dinner (v.8)
b) Over time she recognizes him as a Holy man of God (set
apart) and desires to build him a fully furnished room (Vv.9-
10)
c) Elisha prophecies the woman will give birth to a son within a
years’ time. (Vv.11-17)
*Note the woman’s surrender to what is her life (v.13)
was built on the foundation of lost hope (v.16).
III. Challenged Hope survives and matures by Faith (2 Kings 4:18-37)
a) Years later the child becomes ill and dies (Vv.18-20)
b) The Shunamite woman leaves for the man of God (Vv.21-25)
c) Gehazi, valley of vision, is not enough- she wants Elisha,
God is Salvation. (Vv.26-28)
d) Vision is not enough to restore; restoration comes through
Faith- a marriage between our person and work (Vv.29-37)
*Note & Compare
e) Gehazi- Sons of Sceva (Acts 19:11-20) sought
selfish profit / gain. (clogged)
f) Elisha -Jesus (Mark 9:14-29) (flowing)
III. Faith is the Conduit of Restoration (2 Kings 8:1-6)
a) The Shunamite lives by Faith and obeys God’s Word (Vv.1-3)
b) All is restored to her and her family!
c) Who will you be in this story:
*Shunammite Woman- People God brings to Cornerstone.
*Gehazi- who tells the story of another’s faith Victory?
*Elisha- who is cleaned and cleared out, flowing the Spirits work of Restoration?

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