StoneBridge Community Church
Nehemiah - A Well Built, Rebuilt Life: Everyone Matters
Pastor Neal Nybo
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM
  • StoneBridge
    4814 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 11:59 PM

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Social isolation is a growing epidemic — one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. Does Biblical faith have anything to say about isolation? This weekend in worship, Nehemiah, Chapter 3 will highlight God’s love for individuals and encourage us to demonstrate that love in practical ways.

Background on Nehemiah

The story of Nehemiah is part of the much larger saga of the nation of Israel taken into exile and captivity. Here is some additional material on those events.

Social isolation: It could kill you

Psychologists are studying how to combat loneliness in those most at risk...
1. Start with personal.
In many ways, we have lost our personal touch. And, unfortunately, we don’t trust people who are being too nice to us. We automatically ask, what’s the catch? What do they want?
The key to being successful with this kindness is to remember it is a micro-action.
1. What types of personal things do people choose not to talk about in a public setting?
2. Are there ways to be personal without being intrusive? What are they?
3. Who are three people you can be more personal with? Why?
4. How does the micro-action, starting with personal, communicate God’s love? Where are the healthy boundaries between being personally caring and being intrusive?
2. Praise publicly.
How many of you are sick and tired of being praised so much? A friend of mine, who has spoken to tens of thousands of people regularly, asks his audiences that question. Of course, he gets a huge laugh and no one raises their hand. Somewhere science says every person’s favorite sound is the sound of their own name. And yet we so seldom practice this micro-action that has so much power.
1. Have you ever been thanked or praised publicly?
2. What are some of the feelings that go with it?
3. When you know someone has done a good job, how does it make you feel when they are recognized publicly?
4. How does the micro-action of praising publicly communicate God’s love?
3. Write notes
Technology has created a huge opportunity for any of us to make a person’s day, to tell someone we appreciate them, or frankly, just to let them know that we are thinking of them. In a world where we are constantly not greeted, not remembered, not reached out to, this is an easy win. Getting a simple note or text with a thoughtful comment can make a person’s day.
1. When was the last time you sent someone a note just to say thanks or recognition via mail, email, text or phone?
2. When was the last time you received such a note?
3. Who are three people (different from the three in point 1) who you could send a note to this week? Why?
4. How does this micro-action of writing a note communicate God’s love?
This week, start with the personal, praise publicly, and write notes.

StoneBridge Church is in a season of transition that only happens once, every 30 years. In appreciation of the Pastor Nominating Committee's hard work, in anticipation of our next Senior Pastor, and in honor of so much more that is happening in the life of our family of faith, A Call to Prayer will be held every month, a half-hour before every worship service. A Call to Prayer will not only be a time to prepare hearts for worship but also a time to collectively pray for God's will for StoneBridge's future. Please join us March 14th and 15th for A Call to Prayer! If you would like childcare, please contact the church office.

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