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An Anointing for the Elisha Generation

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Sermon shared by Stephen Funderburk

April 2006
Summary: has the mantle been passed to you?
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Intro: one of the highlights of the Fine Arts besides our young people advancing to Nationals, was the spotlight performances. The vocal group from Cathedral was amazing, the percussion group was wonderful, and the young lady who won the short sermon was powerful. I came home and checked my records and found that I preached 2 Kings 2ólast year, and my points were: if you want Elijahís anointing you have to stay a little bit closer,
Go a little bit farther, and want a little bit more. But another thought after hearing this sermon struck me, and today I will try to minister on this thought: An Anointing For The Elisha Generation

An Anointing For The Elisha Generation
2 Kings 2:1-15
background: this is the one of the most spectacular stories in all of scripture. It is the changing of the guard, it is the passing of the mantle, it is the transfer of anointing from one generation to the next. It must happen for the next generation to survive, if there is not transfer of anointing, if the mantle doesnít get picked up, generations will suffer, people will perish, lives will be lost. Today, I am going to challenge the older people to be the Elijahís that can give mantles to the next generation, I am going to challenge young people, you canít minister to the Elisha generation with Elijahís anointing, you are going to even need more anointing than ever.


I. Not Everyone Wants The Mantleóv.7óhere are the school of the prophets, but they donít want the mantle, they just want a title. Today that is the sad commentary of our world, a lot of people want to go into full time ministry, a lot of people want degrees from Seminaries, that have no desire for an anointing, no concern for their generation, and are unwilling to go the extra miles to receive all that God has for them.

∑ As a member of the Commission on Evangelism in Springfield Missouri I heard a recent report that our denomination is in the midst of a crisis of calling. We donít have enough people being called into ministry from our churches, to the point that by 2010, we will be in a full blown ministerial crisis. It simply means that people donít want to pick up the mantle of God.
∑ A lot of people like to minister, but to carry an anointing, to pay the price, to fight for God is another story. The school of the prophets were a group that liked to get close enough to the anointing to see it, but not close enough to the anointing to wear it.

II. Your Old Garments Wonít Workóv.12 I donít know how much anointing Elisha had in his clothing, but he realized it wasnít enough, He needed the mantle of Elijah, with the promise for a double portion attached to them.

∑ We are in the midst of a cultural clash in denominational churches between tradition and progression. As a pastor I wonít take sides because I believe there must be a little give and take on both generations for there to be successful ministry. Elisha didnít try to operate without Elijahís mantle. Today I see some progressive
Comments and Shared Ideas
Wayne Terry of Maranatha Church Of God
July 11, 2008
I was in the room when Pa Pa Cox was going home to be with the Lord. I took him by the hand in a final prayer and I felt the heat of the Spirit of God all over my body. From then on I have had a greater anointing to pray. He was a praying man of God. The mantle was passed on and now it is mine to bear. God bless you for this excellent message. jwayne1224@aol.com
The messages was just what I was looking for. It certainly was a help in preparing for a "Passing The Mantle" Service in our church.

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