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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, March 8th)

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 6:1-16

As you read this passage, are there any questions you need clarifying? What do you need to know to understand the larger context of this reading? How might you go about seeking these answers?

What is God speaking to you through this passage? What immediately jumps out at you, and why?

With the rebuilding of the wall almost complete, what are some specific ways Nehemiah’s opposition attempted to stop the project? How did Nehemiah respond to each?

The letter in verses 5-7 was unsealed. Why was this an important detail, and how was it meant to add extra pressure on Nehemiah? Think of an example of a modern-day “An open letter to…” What is the open nature of this designed to achieve?

The people of God had to protect themselves against direct physical harm, slander, and physical exhaustion in completing their mission. In trying to be faithful to your own mission and ministry, which of these have you experienced in your spiritual journey? How have you protected yourself?

In times of opposition and persecution, what do you think the collective response of God’s people should be? How can this inform your prayer time this week?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, February 23rd)

Reading: Nehemiah 5

As you read this passage, are there any questions you need clarifying? What do you need to know to understand the larger context of this reading? How might you go about seeking these answers?

What is God speaking to you through this passage? What immediately jumps out at you, and why?

What were some different ways the people were struggling with poverty? How was the problem multi-layered and complex? What do you think was behind Nehemiah’s anger in verse 6?

One of this passage’s central themes is also one of Capstone’s core values: Justice, of which we say, “We commit to act as the hands of God through administration of justice to all who are in need.” What are some ways you either have, or could start, adopting this value into your daily life? If you’re not sure, who is someone you think embodies this value well that you could consult with?

Verses 6-12 capture the advocacy of Nehemiah, speaking out and influencing those in a position of power on behalf of those who were vulnerable. Have you ever had someone speak out on your behalf when you were vulnerable? Have you ever been an advocate for others? What was this experience like for you? What are some examples of times when Jesus fulfilled the role of Advocate?

“My worth to God in public is what I am in private.” – Oswald Chambers

What does this quote mean to you, and how do you think Nehemiah reflected the spirit of it? Why is hypocrisy such a difficult thing for us to avoid at times? Why do you think it’s so destructive when we cannot?

As a community, how is your House Church doing with taking care of its members’ needs? What about the needs of those on the outside of your group looking in? If this would be a difficult conversation to have with your group, how could we build more safety into the discussion first?

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