Rebuilding Hope: Part 2 - The Project

September 11, 2022


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BOTTOM LINE: Discovering godly passion reveals godly purpose.

Nehemiah 2:1-3 NLT
1 Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. 2 So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.”Then I was terrified, 3 but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”

1. Ask: What breaks God's heart?

Nehemiah 2:4-5 NLT
4 The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?”With a prayer to the God of heaven, 5 I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.”

2. Take godly risks.

Nehemiah 2:6-8 NLT
6 The king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked, “How long will you be gone? When will you return?” After I told him how long I would be gone, the king agreed to my request. 7 I also said to the king, “If it please the king, let me have letters addressed to the governors of the province west of the Euphrates River, instructing them to let me travel safely through their territories on my way to Judah. 8 And please give me a letter addressed to Asaph, the manager of the king’s forest, instructing him to give me timber. I will need it to make beams for the gates of the Temple fortress, for the city walls, and for a house for myself.” And the king granted these requests, because the gracious hand of God was on me.

3. Ride the waves God sends.

Nehemiah 2:16-18 NLT
16 The city officials did not know I had been out there or what I was doing, for I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration. 17 But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” 18 Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king.They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work.

4. Don't do it alone.


What is a passion that you have or had in a certain season and how did it give you a purpose?

When have you been part of an organization that had a passion and how did it become their purpose for existing?

Read Nehemiah 2:1.
  - Why do the details about the month and about Nehemiah appearing sad matter?
  - What are some "life lessons" we can learn from each of these details?

Read Nehemiah 2:2-3.
  - Why was Nehemiah terrified?
  - What do you notice about how he responds to the King's question? Is this how most people respond to that question? Why or why not?

Read Nehemiah 2:4.
  - This shows us a second kind of prayer compared to last week. When have you found yourself praying in a conversation like this and how did it help?
  - What did you pray? If you have never experienced this or don't do it often, what can you do to respond or reply "with a prayer"?
  - What are some situations or conversations where this would be helpful for you?

Read Nehemiah 2:5-8.
  - What does Nehemiah do after his first request is granted? Would you have responded in the same way? Why or why not?

When have you experienced this kind of "wave" that God sends when you took a risk for Him? What was the obvious signs that the "gracious hand of God" was on you or on that situation?

When you think about the people, relationships, and circumstances around where you live, work, and play, what breaks God's heart that also does (or should) break your heart?

What is your daily prayer or what can be your daily prayer for the thing that breaks God's and your heart? If you have to wait for an answer like Nehemiah did, what can you do to stay persistent and faithful in that prayer?

When it comes to getting other people on board with the vision and the passion that God had given Nehemiah, Nehemiah uses a question (with the King) and his story (with the Jewish leaders) to show that God was at work in his life. What are the questions you can ask those around you and what is the story you can tell to show that God is working? How might this get others to join you in your passion and purpose?

Have each person in the microchurch share what they feel like the Holy Spirit is showing them their passion and their purpose is in this season, and also share what you sense the Lord is leading you to do about it. Pray for each person to follow Nehemiah's lead to be faithful in the daily prayers and the spur of the moment prayers. Pray for each person to take godly risks and wide the waves of blessings that He sends! Pray that your micro church and our church as a whole would do the same thing!
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Share spiritual/missional conversations you've had where you live, work, and play:

Who did you have a conversation with that took a spiritual/missional turn this week?
What questions did you ask to discover where God is at work in their life, even if they are not aware?
How were you able to share your story of life change or how you have experienced Jesus?
How can you be intentional this week with people where you live, work, and play to have spiritual/missional conversations if the opportunity arises?
Who in your life do you think could be disciple-able or open to spiritual/missional conversations?
Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?/giveback/giveback

Discuss the next step for your micro church. When will we gather again, and which purpose will it fulfill (missions, fellowship/care, growth, worship, multiplication)?


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