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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday,January 19)Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 2:1-10

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 was Nehemiah’s emotional state as he stood before the king, and why? Why do you think he chose to speak the truth to Artaxerxes? What was the outcome of Nehemiah sharing his heart, in spite of any potential risks in doing so?

After hearing of Nehemiah’s grief, the king asked him, “What is it you want?” (v. 4). Before answering, Nehemiah prays to God (probably silently). What do you think his prayer was? Do you ever take a beat to pray in the middle of emotional discussions where the stakes are high? How might this impact you or the outcome?

It must have taken a great deal of courage and preparation (4 months worth?) for Nehemiah to ask the king for permission to return home. After his initial request is granted, Nehemiah then grows even bolder and asks for letters requesting safe passage, as well as timber to aid in the repair work. Think of when God has answered a specific prayer request in your life. How might God’s faithfulness allow us to pray with greater and greater boldness?

This passage concludes with the mention of two men who were in opposition to Israel. Why do you think this is significant?

In reflecting on this passage, is there an emotional discussion you think you need to have with someone, that you have been waiting on? What might be your prayer as you prepare to have it?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday,January 12)Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 1

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?

In our world today, many resent it or scoff when someone sends “thoughts and prayers” after hearing of people’s suffering; they believe it to be an insufficient response to tragedy. Why do you think this is? Do you think “thoughts and prayers” has become a kind of catchphrase, or is there still power behind these words?

How does Nehemiah respond to the report of the dilapidated state of Jerusalem and the suffering of the Jews there? What are some of the components of Nehemiah’s thoughts and prayers that strike you?

Nehemiah’s story is ultimately about lost and broken people rebuilding the right relationship with their God, through righteous living and a renewed commitment to faithfulness. This is set against the backdrop of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Are there areas in your life which you feel need to be rebuilt or strengthened again?

Nehemiah’s name means “Yahweh has comforted.” Who, in your life, is someone who exemplifies these words? If this person learned about your areas of struggle, how do you think they’d respond to you?

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