Series: Let’s Rebuild
Title: Part 1 - Rebuilding Principles
Date: July 1/2, 2017
Speaker: Geoff Surratt
We all face circumstances in life that are best described as “broken,” whether at work, in our families, in our relationships, with our health, etc. Nehemiah prayed that God would help him to rebuild the broken walls of his city, Jerusalem; and his story shows us several principles about how God works to rebuild broken things.
PASSAGES: Nehemiah 1:1-4; 2:1-5, 16-18; Galatians 6:1-3
How good of a “handyman” are you? Do you love taking on DIY projects or do you recoil at the thought of using a power tool? Share either your biggest DIY accomplishment or failure.
Read Nehemiah 1:1-4. The first rebuilding principle Geoff shared in his message this past weekend is that rebuilding always begins with a decision… in most cases it’s a decision to do something about an issue that breaks your heart. When have you been driven to action by circumstances around you that you could no longer tolerate?
Are there any issues on your heart right now that you feel a strong burden to address? (Could be a justice issue, or an issue in your family, your finances, your workplace, your personal life, etc.). Is it possible that the burden you feel is God leading you to rebuild something?
Read Nehemiah 2:1-5. The second rebuilding principle Geoff mentioned is that rebuilding begins with prayer. Notice how Nehemiah’s prayer in verse 4 fits into the flow of his conversation with the king. It’s likely that no one even realized Nehemiah was praying, but Nehemiah nevertheless invites God into the moment. How natural is it for you to pray “in the moment” like this? What could help you to remember to do so?
The third rebuilding principle is that rebuilding starts where you are. At this point in the story Nehemiah has neither the freedom nor the resources to rebuild the wall. He only has a vision. Do you tend to focus more on obstacles or opportunities? What obstacles do you see standing in the way of addressing the burden you mentioned in response to question 3 above? (Could be a lack of resources, a relational breakdown, a past failure, etc.).
The fourth principle is that rebuilding almost always involves a leap of faith. In Nehemiah’s case the leap of faith was being transparent with the king (showing any emotion other than sheer delight in the king’s presence could have easily cost him his life). What relationship or situation in your life needs you to be bolder?
Read Galatians 6:1-3. The final principle is that rebuilding takes a team. When has someone helped you accomplish something you couldn’t have done on your own? As a group, how can you help each other shoulder the burdens that are too heavy for any one individual?
- 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?