Sermon Response October 14, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 9    Discuss:     Why were the people fasting, dressing in sackcloth and putting dust on their heads?    In the text, what phrases describing God stand out to you the most?    Which of the many acts of disobedience do you feel is the worst one the Israelites committed?     Respond:   1. As you look back, “remember”, your life what are the highlighted moments that allow you to see God’s faithfulness?    When was the time in your life you felt the most forgiven? Explain why.    What makes repentance so difficult? Is there anything you do that seems to be helpful at making repentance a normal part of your time with God    What do you need to do this week to better live in God’s goodness, compassion, and kindness?     Prayer   Lord may we never forget how good you are and may our lives be full of you.

Sermon Response October 14, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 9

Discuss:

  1. Why were the people fasting, dressing in sackcloth and putting dust on their heads?

  2. In the text, what phrases describing God stand out to you the most?

  3. Which of the many acts of disobedience do you feel is the worst one the Israelites committed?

Respond:

1. As you look back, “remember”, your life what are the highlighted moments that allow you to see God’s faithfulness?

  1. When was the time in your life you felt the most forgiven? Explain why.

  2. What makes repentance so difficult? Is there anything you do that seems to be helpful at making repentance a normal part of your time with God

  3. What do you need to do this week to better live in God’s goodness, compassion, and kindness?

Prayer

Lord may we never forget how good you are and may our lives be full of you.

      Sermon Response October 07, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 8    Discuss:     What was the importance of the platform in verse 4?    What do you feel like the Levites were explaining as Ezra read the Law?    Why do you think the people were weeping?    What was the significance of living in temporary shelters?     Respond:   1. Describe a time in your life when reading the Word of God greatly impacted you?    Have you ever been moved by the teaching of the Word? Explain what happened in your life as a result of this teaching.    In your opinion what makes the Word of God so powerful?    What can you do this week to further immerse yourself in the Word?    Set a challenge as a group to be in the Word. Pick a book or chapter to read each day this week and hold each other accountable.     Prayer   Lord may your Word catch fire in our lives!

Sermon Response October 07, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 8

Discuss:

  1. What was the importance of the platform in verse 4?

  2. What do you feel like the Levites were explaining as Ezra read the Law?

  3. Why do you think the people were weeping?

  4. What was the significance of living in temporary shelters?

Respond:

1. Describe a time in your life when reading the Word of God greatly impacted you?

  1. Have you ever been moved by the teaching of the Word? Explain what happened in your life as a result of this teaching.

  2. In your opinion what makes the Word of God so powerful?

  3. What can you do this week to further immerse yourself in the Word?

  4. Set a challenge as a group to be in the Word. Pick a book or chapter to read each day this week and hold each other accountable.

Prayer

Lord may your Word catch fire in our lives!

       Sermon Response September 30, 2018     The Text:Nehemiah 7:1-5     Discuss:     Why do you think Nehemiah appointed his brother and Hananiah into leadership roles?    What do you feel was the motivation for Nehemiah taking a census? Explain.    Why do you think they had not rebuilt their homes in Jerusalem?     Respond:   1. David and Nehemiah each took a census. David’s was incited by Satan and Nehemiah’s was laid on his heart by God. How can this be?    Have you ever allowed fear to stop you from doing something you know God has called you to do? Explain.    How can one best combat fear? How can one increase their faith?    Read Isaiah 41:10. How can you remind yourself of this truth the next time you fear?    What can you do this week to better trust in God?     Prayer   Lord may we find our faith increased by seeking you!

Sermon Response September 30, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 7:1-5

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Nehemiah appointed his brother and Hananiah into leadership roles?

  2. What do you feel was the motivation for Nehemiah taking a census? Explain.

  3. Why do you think they had not rebuilt their homes in Jerusalem?

Respond:

1. David and Nehemiah each took a census. David’s was incited by Satan and Nehemiah’s was laid on his heart by God. How can this be?

  1. Have you ever allowed fear to stop you from doing something you know God has called you to do? Explain.

  2. How can one best combat fear? How can one increase their faith?

  3. Read Isaiah 41:10. How can you remind yourself of this truth the next time you fear?

  4. What can you do this week to better trust in God?

Prayer

Lord may we find our faith increased by seeking you!

       Sermon Response September 23, 2018     The Text:Nehemiah 6     Discuss:     Why do you think the foreign leaders were scheming to harm Nehemiah?    What do you think of Nehemiah’s responses to their invitations and threats? Explain.    Can you believe that Nehemiah completed such a huge project in 52 days? Explain.     Respond:   1. What do you think allowed Nehemiah to navigate so many potential land-mines in his life?    Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How often do you lean on your own understanding? Explain.    Describe a time when you were able to lean on the Lord for understanding.    Read Proverbs 16:18. Describe a time when your pride caused a fall.    What can you do this week to lean more on the Lord?     Prayer   Lord may we trust in you for our direction and our life!

Sermon Response September 23, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 6

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think the foreign leaders were scheming to harm Nehemiah?

  2. What do you think of Nehemiah’s responses to their invitations and threats? Explain.

  3. Can you believe that Nehemiah completed such a huge project in 52 days? Explain.

Respond:

1. What do you think allowed Nehemiah to navigate so many potential land-mines in his life?

  1. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. How often do you lean on your own understanding? Explain.

  2. Describe a time when you were able to lean on the Lord for understanding.

  3. Read Proverbs 16:18. Describe a time when your pride caused a fall.

  4. What can you do this week to lean more on the Lord?

Prayer

Lord may we trust in you for our direction and our life!

      Sermon Response September 16, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 5    Discuss:     Why did the Nobles have nothing to say when Nehemiah confronted them?    Why do you think Nehemiah never took his food allotment?    Do you feel like vs 19 is boastful/arrogant? Why or why not?     Respond:   1. Have you ever been guilty of “using” someone for your own gain? Explain.    When you look at someone do you see what they can do for you or how you can love/serve them? Explain.    Do you live with your eyes open to those in need? Explain why or why not.    What do you need to do this week to better meet the needs of others?    Is there anyway your group can help meet a need in your life? Be vulnerable this is what the church is suppose to do!     Prayer   Lord may we see our world and the people in it the way you do. Help us meet the needs of the people in our community and let others see that your people love well.

Sermon Response September 16, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 5

Discuss:

  1. Why did the Nobles have nothing to say when Nehemiah confronted them?

  2. Why do you think Nehemiah never took his food allotment?

  3. Do you feel like vs 19 is boastful/arrogant? Why or why not?

Respond:

1. Have you ever been guilty of “using” someone for your own gain? Explain.

  1. When you look at someone do you see what they can do for you or how you can love/serve them? Explain.

  2. Do you live with your eyes open to those in need? Explain why or why not.

  3. What do you need to do this week to better meet the needs of others?

  4. Is there anyway your group can help meet a need in your life? Be vulnerable this is what the church is suppose to do!

Prayer

Lord may we see our world and the people in it the way you do. Help us meet the needs of the people in our community and let others see that your people love well.

      Sermon Response September 09, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 4   Discuss:    Why were the foreign nations so angry about the wall?    What was Nehemiah’s response to both the external and internal opposition?    Why was the threat so great to Jerusalem and its inhabitants?    Respond:  1. Why is it so important to have “family” to fight with you?    Have you ever felt like Satan has attacked you? Explain.    Tell about a time when you felt very alone how did you respond to these feelings?    Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.    What do you need to do to better surround yourself with people who can fight with and for you?  Prayer  God may we always have people around us to help fight our battles. Thank you for being a God that fights with us.

Sermon Response September 09, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 4

Discuss:

  1. Why were the foreign nations so angry about the wall?

  2. What was Nehemiah’s response to both the external and internal opposition?

  3. Why was the threat so great to Jerusalem and its inhabitants?

Respond:

1. Why is it so important to have “family” to fight with you?

  1. Have you ever felt like Satan has attacked you? Explain.

  2. Tell about a time when you felt very alone how did you respond to these feelings?

  3. Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

What do you need to do to better surround yourself with people who can fight with and for you?

Prayer

God may we always have people around us to help fight our battles. Thank you for being a God that fights with us.

      Sermon Response September 02, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 3   Discuss:    Read through the text and discuss what jumps out to you from a seemingly mundane passage?    What is the significance about the Sheep Gate?    Respond:    What is the Churches “wall?” What are we called to do? Explain.    How do we best fulfill the great commission? Matthew 28:18-20.    How do you love your neighbor? Give details.    4. What do you need to do this week to get to work for Jesus?  Prayer  God may we fulfill your mission and do our part to see you glorified in this world.

Sermon Response September 02, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 3

Discuss:

  1. Read through the text and discuss what jumps out to you from a seemingly mundane passage?

  2. What is the significance about the Sheep Gate?

Respond:

  1. What is the Churches “wall?” What are we called to do? Explain.

  2. How do we best fulfill the great commission? Matthew 28:18-20.

  3. How do you love your neighbor? Give details.

4. What do you need to do this week to get to work for Jesus?

Prayer

God may we fulfill your mission and do our part to see you glorified in this world.

      Sermon Response August 26, 2018   The Text:Nehemiah 2   Discuss:    Why do you think Nehemiah waited 4 months to ask the king for permission to go to Jerusalem?    Why do you think Artaxerxes sent soldiers and calvary with Nehemiah?    What made the leaders of Trans Euphrates so angry with the people of Israel?    Respond:  1. Has God ever laid on your heart to do something for Him? Tell the story.    Have you ever experienced opposition toward a God given calling in your life? Explain.    How do you typically respond to opposition in your life?    Is there something in your life now that God has laid on your heart but you, for whatever reason, are reluctant to pursue it?    When God calls he equips and he is the one who will cause his plans to succeed!!!!  Prayer  God we pray that you speak to your children and that we will be faithful and obedient with the opportunities you give us. May the world be changed through the success you give to those you call.

Sermon Response August 26, 2018

The Text:Nehemiah 2

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Nehemiah waited 4 months to ask the king for permission to go to Jerusalem?

  2. Why do you think Artaxerxes sent soldiers and calvary with Nehemiah?

  3. What made the leaders of Trans Euphrates so angry with the people of Israel?

Respond:

1. Has God ever laid on your heart to do something for Him? Tell the story.

  1. Have you ever experienced opposition toward a God given calling in your life? Explain.

  2. How do you typically respond to opposition in your life?

  3. Is there something in your life now that God has laid on your heart but you, for whatever reason, are reluctant to pursue it?

When God calls he equips and he is the one who will cause his plans to succeed!!!!

Prayer

God we pray that you speak to your children and that we will be faithful and obedient with the opportunities you give us. May the world be changed through the success you give to those you call.

      Sermon Response August 19, 2018   The Text: Nehemiah 1   Discuss:    Why do you think the news of the wall impacted Nehemiah so heavily?    Do you think it was the wall or the news that the people were in trouble and a disgrace that moved Nehemiah more?    Why do you think Nehemiah prayed in the way that he did?    Respond:  1. Do you have a typical “way” that you pray. Explain why or why not.    What causes you to stand in awe of God? Does this feeling happen often in your life?    When you pray do you find yourself confessing your brokenness to God? Why or why not.    What is the one thing you need to ask God to do in your life?    Take time as a group to share those request and then spend a good amount of time praying for one another.  Prayer  Lift up the previously mentioned prayer requests.

Sermon Response August 19, 2018

The Text: Nehemiah 1

Discuss:

  1. Why do you think the news of the wall impacted Nehemiah so heavily?

  2. Do you think it was the wall or the news that the people were in trouble and a disgrace that moved Nehemiah more?

  3. Why do you think Nehemiah prayed in the way that he did?

Respond:

1. Do you have a typical “way” that you pray. Explain why or why not.

  1. What causes you to stand in awe of God? Does this feeling happen often in your life?

  2. When you pray do you find yourself confessing your brokenness to God? Why or why not.

  3. What is the one thing you need to ask God to do in your life?

Take time as a group to share those request and then spend a good amount of time praying for one another.

Prayer

Lift up the previously mentioned prayer requests.

Sermon Response August 12, 2018

The Text:Matthew 5:1-10

Discuss:

  1. What do you think is Jesus’ main objective for giving the beatitudes?

  2. How do you think those listening that day would have received such “negative” sounding message?

  3. Do you agree or disagree with me that the beatitudes are a step by step “instruction” guide for living like Jesus? Explain.

Respond:

  1. Read each of the eight beatitudes one at a time and let a few people from your group discuss how that verse applies to their life.

  2. Have time for quiet reflection on your life and where you are in your spiritual journey. Try and apply the teachings of Jesus to your life and then share with the group what you need to do this week to take one step forward.

Prayer

God, may we learn from you word and apply it to our life!

      Sermon Response August 05, 2018   The Text:Ezra 10:1-17   Discuss:    Why was Ezra mourning? In your opinion was his response justified?    What do you think of the plan Shekaniah came up with? Explain your answer.    Why do you think the rain was such an issue for the people?    Where you shocked to find out there were only 111 men guilty of the sin in all of Israel? Why or why not.    Respond:    Why do you think confession is so powerful, yet so rarely done in the church?    Have you ever experienced the liberating freedom of confession? Tell the story.    Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.  3. MOMENT OF TRUTH: Is there anything in your life that you would like to confess to the group?  Prayer  God, may we find your sweet mercy though continual and genuine confession.

Sermon Response August 05, 2018

The Text:Ezra 10:1-17

Discuss:

  1. Why was Ezra mourning? In your opinion was his response justified?

  2. What do you think of the plan Shekaniah came up with? Explain your answer.

  3. Why do you think the rain was such an issue for the people?

  4. Where you shocked to find out there were only 111 men guilty of the sin in all of Israel? Why or why not.

Respond:

  1. Why do you think confession is so powerful, yet so rarely done in the church?

  2. Have you ever experienced the liberating freedom of confession? Tell the story.

Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

3. MOMENT OF TRUTH: Is there anything in your life that you would like to confess to the group?

Prayer

God, may we find your sweet mercy though continual and genuine confession.

      Sermon Response July 29, 2018   The Text Ezra 9   The exiles have returned from captivity to Jerusalem... the temple has been completed and dedicated... the worship of God at the temple has been re-established... but something is wrong. The people have sinned against God by marrying the “faithless” people of the land, and Ezra is devastated.  Discuss 1. Read Ezra 9:1-2. How were the officials doing their job correctly by  telling Ezra about the sin of the people? In what ways would this be appropriate for leaders, parents, pastors, etc.? What keeps us from doing this for the people we lead?    What are your thoughts on the fact that the priests and Levites were also participating in the sin?    Besides breaking the law from Deuteronomy 7:1-4, why was it sinful for the people to marry the people of the land?    Read Ezra 9:3-6. How does your reaction to sin compare to Ezra’s? Do you find it easier to be “appalled” at other people’s sin rather than your own? Why or why not?    What do you think would happen if you grieved your sin as strongly as Ezra grieved this sin?    Read Ezra 9:7-9. Ezra recounts the grace and mercy of God. How does focusing on His grace and mercy help you overcome sin?    Read Ezra 9:10-15. Ezra recounts the guilt of the people and the separation from God that results because of their sin. How does admitting guilt and remembering the “wages of sin” help you overcome sin?       Respond    Write down a sin that you struggle with... look at that sin written on the  paper... How does that sin make you feel? Don’t share your sin with  the group, but share your feelings.    Now draw a cross over the sin and fill it in until you cannot see the sin  anymore. This is what the blood of Jesus does for your sin and He cannot see it anymore. He suffered a criminal’s death so that your sin would be paid for and forgotten. How does that sacrifice make you feel?    Prayer  Dear Jesus, I have been set apart to be holy - dedicated to you and for your service, and in my sinful state, I am not worthy to stand before you in any capacity. But because of your death on the cross, I have been made worthy, not because I am good, but because you are righteous. I know that I cannot ignore my sin or I will never admit my need for you to save me, so help me admit my guilt... help me grieve enough to repent of my sin... and help me surrender to your Spirit so that I can live in righteousness. Amen.

Sermon Response July 29, 2018

The Text Ezra 9

The exiles have returned from captivity to Jerusalem... the temple has been completed and dedicated... the worship of God at the temple has been re-established... but something is wrong. The people have sinned against God by marrying the “faithless” people of the land, and Ezra is devastated.

Discuss
1. Read Ezra 9:1-2. How were the officials doing their job correctly by

telling Ezra about the sin of the people? In what ways would this be appropriate for leaders, parents, pastors, etc.? What keeps us from doing this for the people we lead?

  1. What are your thoughts on the fact that the priests and Levites were also participating in the sin?

  2. Besides breaking the law from Deuteronomy 7:1-4, why was it sinful for the people to marry the people of the land?

  3. Read Ezra 9:3-6. How does your reaction to sin compare to Ezra’s? Do you find it easier to be “appalled” at other people’s sin rather than your own? Why or why not?

  4. What do you think would happen if you grieved your sin as strongly as Ezra grieved this sin?

  5. Read Ezra 9:7-9. Ezra recounts the grace and mercy of God. How does focusing on His grace and mercy help you overcome sin?

  6. Read Ezra 9:10-15. Ezra recounts the guilt of the people and the separation from God that results because of their sin. How does admitting guilt and remembering the “wages of sin” help you overcome sin?

 

Respond

  1. Write down a sin that you struggle with... look at that sin written on the

    paper... How does that sin make you feel? Don’t share your sin with

    the group, but share your feelings.

  2. Now draw a cross over the sin and fill it in until you cannot see the sin

    anymore. This is what the blood of Jesus does for your sin and He cannot see it anymore. He suffered a criminal’s death so that your sin would be paid for and forgotten. How does that sacrifice make you feel?

Prayer

Dear Jesus, I have been set apart to be holy - dedicated to you and for your service, and in my sinful state, I am not worthy to stand before you in any capacity. But because of your death on the cross, I have been made worthy, not because I am good, but because you are righteous. I know that I cannot ignore my sin or I will never admit my need for you to save me, so help me admit my guilt... help me grieve enough to repent of my sin... and help me surrender to your Spirit so that I can live in righteousness. Amen.