Rebuilding Hope: Part 9 - The Failure

October 30, 2022


OneLife’s Angel Tree, Starts Nov 6
The Christmas season is approaching! It’s the perfect time for us to give back to those less fortunate. This year OneLife is continuing our partnership with the McNabb Center’s Dear Santa program as well as providing angel tree gifts for children on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana. The Angel Trees will be up in the lobby starting Sunday, November 6!

OneLife Students #Friendsgiveback - Nov 16
On Wednesday, November 16th, OneLife Students will be out serving in the community for our annual #Friendsgiveback night. This night is designed to help our students see a need in the community, feel compassion, and take action - plus, they get to do it together with their small group! For more information or to make sure your student gets to be a part, simply write #Friendsgiveback on your Connection Card.

Jingle Jam, Nov 27 & Dec 4
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Christmas Parades are Coming!
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BOTTOM LINE: Success without faithfulness leads to failure.

Nehemiah 13:1-3 NLT
1 On that same day, as the Book of Moses was being read to the people, the passage was found that said no Ammonite or Moabite should ever be permitted to enter the assembly of God. 2 For they had not provided the Israelites with food and water in the wilderness. Instead, they hired Balaam to curse them, though our God turned the curse into a blessing. 3 When this passage of the Law was read, all those of foreign descent were immediately excluded from the assembly.

Five Pitfalls of Success:

1. Legalism

Nehemiah 13:4-5 NLT
4 Before this had happened, Eliashib the priest, who had been appointed as supervisor of the storerooms of the Temple of our God and who was also a relative of Tobiah, 5 had converted a large storage room and placed it at Tobiah’s disposal. The room had previously been used for storing the grain offerings, the frankincense, various articles for the Temple, and the tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil (which were prescribed for the Levites, the singers, and the gatekeepers), as well as the offerings for the priests.


Nehemiah 13:10-11 NIV
10 I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them, and that all the Levites and musicians responsible for the service had gone back to their own fields. 11 So I rebuked the officials and asked them, “Why is the house of God neglected?” Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts

3. Apathy

Nehemiah 13:15-18 NLT
15 In those days I saw men of Judah treading out their winepresses on the Sabbath. They were also bringing in grain, loading it on donkeys, and bringing their wine, grapes, figs, and all sorts of produce to Jerusalem to sell on the Sabbath. So I rebuked them for selling their produce on that day. 16 Some men from Tyre, who lived in Jerusalem, were bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise. They were selling it on the Sabbath to the people of Judah—and in Jerusalem at that! 17 So I confronted the nobles of Judah. “Why are you profaning the Sabbath in this evil way?” I asked. 18 “Wasn’t it just this sort of thing that your ancestors did that caused our God to bring all this trouble upon us and our city? Now you are bringing even more wrath upon Israel by permitting the Sabbath to be desecrated in this way!”

4. Ambition

Nehemiah 13:23-24 NIV

23 Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24 Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah.

5. Compromise

When have you experienced success at something that was hard to maintain once you got there? How did you "take your foot off the gas" and what happened to your success once you did?

If you have experienced success longterm (aka "faithfulness" to whatever it was), what was different that allowed you to continue stay dedicated?

Read Nehemiah 13:1-3. While the people of Jerusalem were following this law very strictly (no Ammonites or Moabites are to be among their assembly to the tenth generation), they were ignoring other promises they made to God, and at the same time some of them were marrying Ammonites and Moabites! How is this "legalism"? What are similar examples of legalism that we see in our current culture among Christians and churches?

Read Nehemiah 13:4-5. Why do you think they even had an empty room to put him in? What do you think this means about the connection between faithfulness and generosity? How does this show how legalism leads to hypocrisy when you consider that they were excluding people from certain nations but yet allowing an enemy governor to live in the house of God?

Read Nehemiah 13:15-18. This passage shows us the pitfall of ambition. The people became more concerned about their own wellbeing, their own pleasure, and making profit than they were concerned about obeying God. What are subtle ways that we allow ambition to take away our faithfulness?

Talk through each of the five pitfalls we see in Nehemiah 13, and share how you experience each of these threatening your own faithfulness and how you see each of these creep in. Which one is most likely to threaten your own personal faithfulness?


Now talk through each of the pitfalls and share how you can guard your faithfulness in each of those areas. What are practical steps that you take or that you can take that will help you to remain faithful to who God has called you to be and what He has called you to do?

Read John 3:17 and Romans 8:1. What can you do as a response to these verses to repent when you see pitfalls without falling into feeling like you are a failure and are condemned as a result?

Pray for each other in the microchurch to remain faithful and to experience the continued "success" or growth in their spiritual walk by growing closer to Jesus and looking more and more like him each and every day!
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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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