Israel had sinned against their God, and as a result, God scattered them among the nations as He promised He would, should they rebel. After many years of painful exile under the hand of pagan kings, the Jews experienced a "2nd exodus", as "THEY" were freed to return to their beloved land of Jerusalem. Cyrus, King of Persia, heard from God and was stirred to release the Jews from captivity. Ezra—Nehemiah is an incredible testimony to God's steadfast love and faithfulness to a people that are underserving. The book of Nehemiah ultimately reveals to us that God alone can rescue and secure His people, which is exactly what He's done through the life and work of his Son, Jesus.
Monday: Nehemiah 1 & 2
Tuesday: Nehemiah 3 & 4
Wednesday: Nehemiah 5 & 6
Thursday: Nehemiah 7 & 8
Friday: Nehemiah 9 & 10
Saturday: Nehemiah 11 & 12
Sunday: Nehemiah 13
- ICE BREAKER - What was your reaction when you learned the next sermon series was on the book of Nehemiah?
- Why might it be important to understand how Nehemiah fits into the overall timeline and structure of the Bible?
- How is God's unchanging character highlighted by the work of Ezra and Nehemiah?
- Compare Nehemiah's desire (Neh 2:10) to how his efforts play out (Nehemiah 13:23-25). Would you consider his efforts successful? What stands out to you?
- How might a study through Nehemiah feed our longing for Heaven?
- What do you hope to learn from this sermon series?
- Our 3 missionary families are striving toward Matthew 24:14. When the end comes, the New Jerusalem will be our home. Take time as a group and ask the Lord to fuel their efforts with an eye for the eternal city.