Sunday Sermon Discussion Guide

COURAGE

Nehemiah (portions noted below)

Discuss how you would respond?

  • Traffic accident you came upon
  • Medical emergency
  • Intruder in your home
  • Earthquake

Google the definition of COURAGE and read a couple definitions

Talk about someone you admire that you consider courageous.

Talk about simple areas in your own life that require COURAGE.

  • Trying something new
  • Going to the dentist
  • Driving in the mountains
  • Climbing a ladder

Read portions of the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem.

  1. Read Nehemiah 1:1-4
  • Discuss the burden Nehemiah had for his people, his family and his hometown. Why did he turn that burden into a plan of action?
  1. Read Nehemiah 2:1-9
  • Nehemiah did 4 things to accomplish his plan.
    • Prayed: a lot.
    • Planned: for what some say was months. He probably prepared lists of things he needed to complete the rebuild project, determined what support was necessary and considered what approvals were need to get him there.
    • Waited: for the right time to have the king’s attention.
    • Presented: when the king asked the right questions.
  1. Read Nehemiah 2:11-20
  • Discuss how Nehemiah prepared for the rebuilding project after arriving in Judea.
  • Note that the opposition happening here (v 19-20).
  1. Read Nehemiah 4:1-6 and 6:15-16
  • Discuss the opposition Nehemiah encountered and how opposition is not always an indication that God is not with you in a particular endeavor.
  • Discuss how you can discern Gods favor even in the middle of opposition.
  • Note that the rebuilding project was finished in record time. Was God in the middle of this project?
  1. Wrap up with prayer asking God to give everyone courage to live their lives for Him and not let fear cause them to sit on the sidelines.

If time permits, discuss the power of a church family.

  1. How does a church family love us, help us grow, be courageous and provide us with safety.
  2. Have a few people give examples of how the church wrapped around them with love and support.
  3. Church families are not perfect. We all have “warts and imperfections.” We can hurt and disappoint one another. How do we respond when this happens?
  • The goal here is to respond with love, patience, forgiveness and grace.
  • Be careful not to dive into the “how to of conflict resolution.”
  • For this discussion, stay in the positive arena, don’t rehash past hurts.
  • If someone has a particular unresolved issue, talk with him or her privately. If necessary, talk with your coach to move the person toward resolution.