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June 5- Sermon Notes & Questions

June 5 Notes & Questions

June 6-Message Notes & Small Group Questions

Rebuilding! Taking Your Time

Nehemiah 2:9-20

  1. We can tell when we are doing a work for God because there will be opposition.
  2. God has a rebuilding plan for everyone.

Nehemiah 2:9-20

So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king’s letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me. When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites. I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work. Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work. But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?” I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”

Whenever you are doing a work for God there will be folks who will come along to tear it down.

Matthew 20:25-28

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus came to serve, we all are called to serve.

When you are distressed you should use SOS.

  1. Scriptures—Go to God’s Word

2. Observation—Observe the situation and resist the temptation to rush to judgment

3. Stamina—Hang in there! Don’t give up.

 

Jeremiah 31:33

This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.

Proverbs 10:19

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking but he who restrains his lips is wise.

 

Hebrews 10:35-36

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised

 

  1. What benefits can you think of when we run into obstacles in our spiritual walk? Do you think everyone needs to be “Rebuilt”?  Why or why not?
  2. Are they ways you can think of to discern a spiritual attack? What are some things we should do when these attacks come?  What are some things we should not do when these attacks come?
  3. Read Nehemiah 2:9-20, why do you think Nehemiah didn’t tell the people right away what he was doing? In the era of social media is it easier to hold on to our thoughts and opinions before coming to a decision or more difficult?
  4. Read Matthew 20:25-28, why is serving so hard to get into? What are some barriers, real or imagined, that can get in the way of serving?  What are some ways the church can inspire folks to be part of the rebuilding process?
  5. Is it easy to discern what is from God and what is not? Can you offer some life experiences that have helped you with this?
  6. When we rush to judgment for some issue are we right 100% of the time? What are some steps we can take to ensure we get enough information before making a judgment?
  7. Read Hebrews 10:35-36, what do you think it means that your confidence will be rewarded? Why is persevering so difficult?