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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

If you ever visited the place where your parents grew up, what was that like?

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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. If you ever visited the place where your parents grew up, what was that like?

 

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-4 Why do you think Nehemiah reacted to the news with such emotion?

Vv.5-11 What impresses you about Nehemiah’s prayer?

Why is the last sentence of chapter 1 significant to the story?

How much time passed between the dates in chapter 1 and chapter 2?

What is significant about that passage of time?

 

APPLICATION.

Do you have a “passionate frustration” that you can share with the group? Are you troubled over an area where God’s will is not being done on earth?

What about looking for “divine direction”? Do you have an example of something you were so concerned about that you cried out to God to show you what to do?

How are you able to view your “present opportunity” as part of God’s plan for you? Are you asking God why he put you where you are at this moment in time? Consider what the following passages say about this: Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5, and 1 Corinthians 10:31.

Do you tend to despair over the way things are? Accept the way things are? Do something to change the way things are? Or pray for what should be? Using Nehemiah as an example, what should you do?

Are you more of an Activist (l must do something now) or a Contemplative (I must think through every angle before doing anything)? What needs to change for you to have a more spiritually balanced approach?

What aspect of Nehemiah’s prayer challenges the way you pray or don’t pray?

How do you react to the following statement? “We shouldn’t bother to ask God to help us out of the mess we are in if we aren’t willing to repent of the sin that made the mess.”

 

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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