Lessons from Nehemiah | Week 1 – Concern for God’s People
Living in exile, hundreds of miles away from Jerusalem, Nehemiah was an important servant to the king of Persia. When he learned the current state of the city of Jerusalem and the people living there, he was moved and knew he had to do something. That something was a seemingly impossible task; rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and invite the people of God to return home. When God calls you to do something that seems impossible, just remember the words of Jesus, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27). We should never be afraid to step out in faith.
READ Matthew 9:36
When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
READ the passage again and consider these related questions.
Why should the compassion and love of Jesus lead to a stronger faith in you?
How does Jesus’s compassion on us compel us to have compassion on others?
Read Nehemiah 1:1-4; Galatians 6:10
1. How is Nehemiah’s response to the news about Jerusalem a good model to follow when we are faced with challenging situations?
2. Is helping our fellow believers an excuse not to help unbelievers?
Read Nehemiah 1:5-11; Philippians 4:6-7
3. Identify the various parts of Nehemiah’s prayer and discuss the importance of each.
4. Why is faith an essential component of prayer?
Read Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 37:23-24
5. Why is it important to recognize that God is calling all of us to play a role in His plan?
6. Why should we anticipate outside resistance when God calls us to do something?
7. Why do you think Nehemiah was confident enough to step out in faith? What can you learn from this.