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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, February 16th)

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 4:16-23

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?

The people were constantly prepared to face the threat of battle even as they carried out their mission of building the wall. As followers of Christ today, how do you prepare for opposition in your mission field?

Read verses 19-20 again. Think of times in your life when you’ve felt isolated or alone. Why do you think Nehemiah saw this as a particularly dangerous vulnerability for the people in their mission work, and what was his solution to it?

The trumpet would blast a call to arms, a rallying cry for God’s people to come together and fight. What might the church today learn from this trumpet call? How do you know when your fellow brothers and sisters need your help, and how do they know when you need help? What might prevent us from “sounding the trumpet” when we face threats or dangers in our lives?

The people were unified not only in their work but also in their preparedness to defend against any threats to their mission. How might Capstone and your House Church reflect this kind of unity and support for each other?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, February 9th)

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 4:1-15

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?

The broken and burned walls of Jerusalem were an ongoing reminder of Israel’s shameful existence in exile. Rebuilding the walls meant a sort of deliverance from this shame. How would you define Shame, and why is it so destructive? Is there a difference between Shame and Guilt? If so, what is it?

In verses 1-3, Sanballat’s and Tobiah’s insults and mockery were intentionally pushing on Israel’s greatest weak points. They sought to undermine and interfere with their rebuilding work through the targeted use of emotional torment. Why do you think their initial ‘attack’ was emotional in nature? How did Israel overcome this threat?

After the insults, what other types of threats did the rebuilding effort face? For each one, what allowed the people to persevere against this opposition?

When external insults and threats mix with internal shame and torment, it can be particularly damaging or even dangerous. Why do you think this is? What strength or encouragement would you offer someone who was struggling in this way? How might you protect yourself in the same way?

How might the Church today be a beacon of hope for those struggling against extreme threats (both internal and external)? How might this start with your House Church?

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