Lessons from Nehemiah | Week 10 – United for a Cause
The church is diverse, it is meant to be. When we put our faith in Jesus, we know that we will spend eternity with Him and our fellow believers. It seems as though this life is a practice run for that future reality. The question is, how are we doing? In chapter 10 of Nehemiah, the people are united around a cause. They enter into a formal agreement to commit themselves to live in line with God’s plan and purpose--together. In the church there can be no Lone Rangers. We are the Body of Jesus. We must be united around the things that binds us together.
READ Ephesians 4:3
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
READ the passage again and consider these related questions.
What does this remind us about “being the church”?
Do we have an obligation to each other as followers of Jesus?
Read Nehemiah 10; Acts 1:8
1. In what ways is living our life according to the Bible countercultural?
2. How is living a gospel centered lifestyle a witness to what we have in Jesus?
Read 1 Peter 2:9-10; Acts 2:43-47
3. What happens when there is disunity in the church?
4. What happens when we allow politics to inform our faith instead faith informing our politics?
Read Mark 10:17-27; 2 Corinthians 8:12; 9:7-8, 10-11
5. In what ways should God’s grace change how we view the world and our possessions?
6. Why do you suppose it was easier for the rich man to keep the commandments than to part with his money?
7. Describe what these verses tell us about how God makes it easy for us to be generous.