Series: Let’s Rebuild
Title: Part 2 - Facing Opposition
Date: July 8/9, 2017
Speaker: Steve Garcia
If you make the courageous decision to rebuild something in your life or in the world around you, it won’t be long before you face opposition. To push through the challenges you’ll need a very clear “why”... that is, a compelling answer to the question of why this rebuilding project must be done.
Passages: Nehemiah 4
1. Have you ever had a project that you felt like giving up on, but paid dividends when you stuck it through?
2. How do you most naturally respond to opposition? Do you get distracted, challenged to work harder, give up, get frustrated, complain, seek new solutions, trust God more, other?
3. Read Nehemiah 4:10. In his message this past weekend, Steve pointed out four types of opposition that Nehemiah faced which we also face today when trying to accomplish something. The first two were fatigue, and the people’s inability to see the finish line. Why do you think the midpoint of the project was the hardest phase (vs. the beginning or the completion)? Why might this be important for us to remember when approaching projects of our own?
4. Read Nehemiah 4:11. The people also faced the opposition of fear… the builders were working under the threat of real violence. Talk about a time when you were paralyzed by fear. What happened?
5. Read Nehemiah 4:12. The people also faced opposition from their friends and family. What do you think are some of the reasons that the people closest to us might try to dissuade us from taking on a major challenge? How should we respond?
6. How can we determine the difference between healthy realism that acknowledges problems and unhealthy negativity?
7. Read Nehemiah 2:17-18 and 4:14. In your own words, how would you phrase Nehemiah’s answer to the question of why the wall should be rebuilt?
8. If you are seeking to rebuild or repair something in your life, what is the why that drives you?
● What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
● What will help you remember it?
● Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?