Lessons from Nehemiah | Week 3 – Confidence in the Calling
There is a saying, “God cannot steer a parked car.” When God calls us to do something, our role is to step out and walk through the doors that are open. In faith, we trust that God will provide what we need and will lead the way. In the story of Nehemiah, God shows up in the process. Nehemiah doesn’t sit back and wait for things to happen, he begins to pray, plan, gather information and to share his intentions with others. Nehemiah’s confidence was not in his own abilities but rather in his calling. Threats and resistance from his enemies did not deter him. He was too focused on God’s faithfulness.
Read Acts 8:35
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
READ those verses again and consider these related questions.
How does God use our abilities to further His kingdom?
How does focusing on spiritual formation show God that we are willing to serve Him?
Read Nehemiah 2:11-17; Romans 12:6-8
1. Why was it important for Nehemiah to survey the damage to the wall and what did he learn?
2. Why is it important to recognize and to develop your God given talents?
Read Nehemiah 2:17-18; Galatians 5:25; 1 Peter 3:15
3. What does this passage tell us about how to effectively lead others?
4. Describe why sharing your testimony is important.
Nehemiah 2:19-20; Acts 4:29-30; Ephesians 6:12
5. Why does opposition come when we are pursuing God’s calling?
6. How can testing be advantageous and how does it impact our faith?
7. Discuss how Nehemiah’s answer to his enemies in v.20 gives us insight in how to find our role in God’s plan.