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Small Group Discussion

Welcome

What unfinished projects at home most disturb you?

If you could get a leave of absence from work what would you do with your time?

Worship

In Nehemiah 1:4 Nehemiah prays to God:

“O LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commands, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to the prayer your servant is praying before you…”
- Nehemiah 1:4

What does it mean to you to call God:  “LORD, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of love…”

Word

In this first section of the book of Nehemiah Nehemiah becomes aware of an issue that needs work.  He brings it to God in prayer; then, with God’s guidance he brings it to his boss, the King Artaxerxes.  Verse 8 ends:

And because the gracious hand of my God was upon me, the king granted my requests.
- Nehemiah 2:8

Verse 1 of chapter 1 tells us that Nehemiah heard the news about Jerusalem in the month of Kislev; it was the month of Nisan/Abib before Nehemiah expressed his sadness in the presence of the King.

How long did Nehemiah wait to show his grief to the King?

What had he been doing in all the time between hearing the news and showing his grief?

What three questions does the King ask? (2:2; 2:4; 2:6)

What breaks your heart?

What do you want to do about it?

How much time do you need?

Homework 

Thousands of other people were not bothered about the condition of the walls around Jerusalem; but for some reason, the walls really bothered Nehemiah. He was so troubled that he did something about the situation.

Maybe the things that trouble you are helping you to realise God’s call on your life.

King Artaxerxes asks Nehemiah three helpful questions; write down your answers and bring them in prayer to God.

What breaks your heart?

What do you want to do about it?

How much time do  you need?