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Ezra/Nehemiah Week 12 - Nehemiah Develops People, Deals with Opposition
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of God’s people coming back, turning again to try and experience the life and relationship that He created them for.
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1. Nehemiah Develops a Team

When you follow God’s calling, people are always part of that plan.
A. Nehemiah Shared His Burden with Key People
B. People Joined in the Work God Was Doing Around Them
C. Not Everyone Caught the Vision
2. Nehemiah Deals with Opposition
A. He Trusts God to Handle Adversaries
-Remember the Lord, Great and Awesome
-Fight for your family
-half Nehemiah’s servants worked on the wall, half were military support
-they were armed for battle / self defense
-there was a plan for supporting each other
-they were constantly vigilant

Discussion Questions - Re-read our main passage from this week (Nehemiah 4:1-23) and then with your Growth Group, family, friends, etc. thoughtfully answer the following:

1. What stands out to you about Nehemiah’s leadership in this passage?

2. How have you seen good leadership make all the difference in tough situations?

3. Why is it so hard to not defend ourselves and trust God to vindicate us? If you’ve done this, how did it go?

4. Would you rather work on projects alone or with a team of people? What’s the benefits of each?

5. Agree or disagree: Christianity is a team sport. Why?

6. Nehemiah encouraged the people by focusing on who God is and loving others. How is this different than the world’s methods of encouragement?

7. For people you have the opportunity to lead or influence, how specifically can you encourage them with God’s character or their love for others?

8. What specific Next Step do you want to take from this message?

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This video, created by The Bible Project, unpacks the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Discover how exiled Israel attempted to rebuild the temple, restore their community, and put up city walls, and how their efforts ended in disappointment.


Dr. Mark Scott (retired preaching professor and former academic dean of Ozark Christian College) walks through the book of Ezra, teaching about God’s people coming out of Babylonian captivity and going home to the land of Israel. Israel was far from perfect, but God was preparing them for the advent of Jesus Christ.

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Ezra/Nehemiah Week 12 - Nehemiah Develops People, Deals with Opposition