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Lessons from Nehemiah | Week 4 – Laborers Unite 

Sometimes when we read the Bible, we come across portions that do not seem applicable, useful, or even important. It is essential to remember however, that all of God’s Word is beneficial and meant for our edification. We just need to figure out how these seemingly disconnected sections apply to our own context. Nehemiah chapter 3 is one of those portions; but, if you look closely, you will see that it tells a story about teamwork, leadership, and God’s calling for His people. It is a reminder that God is concerned about the ordinary just as much as the extraordinary. After all, it is in the mundane that God prepares us for the extraordinary..

 

READ Genesis 2:15

 

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

What does this pre-fall verse tell us about the importance and significance of work?

 

What is the connection between responsibility, work and being grateful for what God provides?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read Nehemiah 3; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

 

1. What happens when the people of God are united in mission?

 

2. What is the ultimate purpose of our God given gifts and talents?

 

3. Does God put talents and gifts and type of work into categories of importance and significance? Explain.

 

Read 2 Timothy 2:20-21

 

4. What does this verse tells us about sanctification through God’s grace?

 

5. What does this passage tell us about the significance of doing work that may be seen as menial?

 

Nehemiah 3:5; Romans 12:3, 15-16; John 13:3-5

 

6. What do the actions of the nobles of Tekoa tell us about their spiritual maturity?

 

7. What lesson can we learn from Jesus in the John passage?

 

8. Discuss the idea, that all types of work, especially secular, should be seen as ministry and part of kingdom building.