In our sermons from the New Year until Easter we will be considering the part of the Old Testament known as 2 Kings, chapters 1-13.

There's much about the period in the history of Israel that resonates with our own. It was a time of religious decline after the heady days of David and Solomon when all looked good for the nation before God. But now, around a hundred years later, the people are turning away from the Lord to beliefs and practices that are contrary to his will.

All could seem hopeless for those wanting to remain faithful. Yet it is in this context, that God sends Elijah - and then Elisha, the character we will be considering. Together they challenge the waywardness of the nation, whilst showing that God is still fulfilling his promises and still ready to come close and bless those who seek to trust and honour him - no matter how insignificant or unexpected they may be.