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May 23- Sermon Notes & Questions

Rebuilding! A Heart For God’s People
Nehemiah 1:1-11
May 23, 2021

After 800 years in the Promised Land, God sent the unbelieving/unrepentant people out of the land.
The people start to come back in 3 separate rebuilding projects:

1. In 538 BC under Zerubbabel-Rebuild the Temple
2. In 458 BC under Ezra-Rebuild the people/teach the law
3. In 446 BC under Nehemiah-Rebuild the Wall

God’s plan for God’s People:

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn
from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Nehemiah 1: 1-11
The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:
In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:
“LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
I was cupbearer to the king.
Luke 11:5-10
5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? 8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (NKJV)
James 5:16
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Come boldly to the throne of grace!
If God has put it on your heart, He will do it!
1 Peter 2:4-5
4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

God’s 4 Part Spiritual Rebuilding Plan

1. Humble yourselves

2. Pray

3. Seek God’s face

4. Turn from your wicked ways

Rebuilding! May 23, 2021
Week 1, A Heart for God’s People

1. What are some of the reasons God sent the people out of the Promised Land? Do you think something similar could happen in the US? Why or why not?

2. Read 2 Chronicles 7:14, do you think this still applies to us today?

3. Read Nehemiah 1:1-11, Nehemiah was just a cup bearer, can you think of any time in the scripture where God used “great” people?

a. Why do you think God tends to use “regular” folks to do His will?

4. Are eye witness reports reliable? How about 2nd hand accounts? What accounts do we typically get in the news or on social media? Do we believe most of what we read? Why or why not?

5. Would you care about something that happened to your ancestors 150 years ago?

6. Discuss how Nehemiah handled the news from his brother.

7. Read Luke 11:5-10, why is persistence important in our prayer life? How do we know whether or not we should keep praying?

8. Who are some people Nehemiah could have blamed for the destruction of Jerusalem? Why do you think he doesn’t?

9. Would you say you have an energetic prayer life? Is that important? What are some things we can learn from Nehemiah’s prayer?

Please pray the God would continue to use our church to be a vital and useful part of our community. Pray for the people of Spanish Springs that they would be blessed and know that are loved by Jesus.