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HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, May 24th)

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 13:4-31

Check-in: how is everyone doing? What are your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs at this time?

What is God speaking to you through this passage? Any “A-ha!” moments or things that stand out in your reflection time this week?

The title of Pastor Rob’s sermon this week is “Here We Go Again!” After reflecting on this passage, why is this a fitting title and what comes up for you when you include yourself in the “We” of it?

What are some specific things Nehemiah saw that he did not like, and what did he do about them? Which reform resonates with you the most, and why?

After all that had happened before, during, and after the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls, what do you think was behind the people’s quick descent into disobedience?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, May 17th)

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-43

Check-in: how is everyone doing? What are your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs at this time?

What is God speaking to you through this passage? Any “A-ha!” moments or things that stand out in your reflection time this week?

Jerusalem’s walls had been rebuilt to signal to God’s people that it was time to “come home.” When they did, they were instructed and reminded of God’s love and mercy; they repented of their sins; and their shame was lifted. According to this passage, what was the next part of this homecoming process, and why do you think it was significant?

In a previous message, we considered that Joy and painful experiences are not mutually exclusive – that we can experience Joy and offer praise to God even when we are struggling. When was a time in your life when you felt you experienced authentic Joy and celebration? What shape did it take and what was the context? Were you alone or was it a shared experience?

What was the significance of the two choirs in verses 31-40? What symbolic act did they perform?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, May 10th)

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 10:30-39

Check-in: how is everyone doing? What are your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs at this time?

What stands out to you as you reflect on this passage? What is God speaking to you this week?

God’s people pledged their oath to “follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the Lord our Lord.” (v. 29) Why do you think this commitment was necessary? What had occurred recently for the people to give this oath context?

In our lives today, what are some examples of oaths or vows? Do you think they hold the same meaning for us today, as they would have for God’s people back then? Why or why not?

Verse 39 ends with, “We will not neglect the house of our God.” What does this shared commitment look like today for the church, and how might you (as an individual) be a part of it? What do we (and you) have to bring as offerings?

HOUSE CHURCH QUESTIONS (based on the Message for Sunday, May 3rd)

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 9

Check-in: how is everyone doing? What are your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs at this time?

As you meditate on this passage, are there any questions you need clarifying? What do you need to know to understand the larger context of this reading?

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

This passage reminds us of some of the numerous ways God is worthy of praise. E.g. God as Creator (v 5-6); God as Deliverer (v. 9-12); God as Compassionate (v. 19-21); etc. What are some others from this passage? How would you finish this sentence: “Today I worship the God who _________.”

Do you typically equate confessing your sins as an act of worship? Why or why not? Sometimes we may fall into thinking that worship is something we do when we are filled with happiness or excitement. Why is this wrong? Describe a time when you praised God from a different emotional space? Was it more difficult to do? If so, why do you think?

Why was this time of confession such an important next step for God’s people, after their “coming home” again? What role does confession of sins hold in the church today? What about in your own life?

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