Sermons

Introduction

This series is a study of the first 5 chapters of Nehemiah. God’s chosen people were captives in Babylon, and Jerusalem was destroyed. Nehemiah was born in captivity in that foreign land. When he heard about the condition of his homeland, how he reacted is instructive for how we can live out God’s dream for us.

Discussion

What would you do if you had a long leave of absence from your job?

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INTRODUCTION. This series is a study of the first 5 chapters of Nehemiah. God’s chosen people were captives in Babylon, and Jerusalem was destroyed. Nehemiah was born in captivity in that foreign land. When he heard about the condition of his homeland, how he reacted is instructive for how we can live out God’s dream for us.

 

DISCUSSION. What would you do if you had a long leave of absence from your job?

 

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-4 Why would Nehemiah be afraid? And how did he have the courage to make the request anyway?

Vv.5-10 What are the indications that Nehemiah was a good and valued employee?

Vv.11-16 Why would Nehemiah wait for 3 days after finally arriving at ground zero?

Vv.17-20 What do you think of the way Nehemiah handled his people and the way he responded to his opponents?

 

APPLICATION.

Can you share whether you have a tendency to be more of a planner or prayer or neither?

How does Nehemiah’s story help encourage you to strike a better balance in that area?

The sermon talked about Psalm 37:4 as the path to discovering what God puts on your heart to do. Can you think of a specific way that has ever been true in your life?

Even though Nehemiah had the “good hand of God” with him, he still experienced a lot of opposition. What does this mean for us as we follow Christ?

Nehemiah still was confident that God would give “success”. How does that challenge your view of success?

Have there been times when your dream was crushed by a critic? Why did it stop you?

Consider Mark 1:35-39 and how Jesus seems to exemplify the principle of “Make Plans You Pray About.”

React to this statement and how it is or isn’t relevant to your life: Prayer without a plan is faithless; planning without prayer is arrogance.

 

FACT: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?

REACT: What did you feel?

ACT: What are you going to do?

 

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