Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on February 16, 2020:
- SUNDAY: Ezra 1-3,
- MONDAY: Ezra 4-5,
- TUESDAY: Ezra 6-8,
- WEDNESDAY: Ezra 9-10,
- THURSDAY: Nehemiah 1-2,
- FRIDAY: Nehemiah 3-4,
- SATURDAY: Nehemiah 5-6,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Navigating Life's Surprises Sermon Title: Surprised By Conflict and Resistance
Delivered On: February 9, 2020
But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. (Nehemiah 4:9)
Pray for eyes to see points of conflict you are going to face before they get big. Ask God for courage to stand against those who stand against the things of God. Pray for strength in your life and the lives of those you love when you face times of conflict.
Pray Against It: Identify a point of conflict or resistance in your life. Where is there a battle you are facing and seeking to follow the ways of Jesus? Take time at the start of every day for the next week and read Nehemiah 4:1-5 and pray against the work of the enemy or people who are resisting the will of God. Pay attention to where God intervenes, protects, and delivers.
Small Group Discussion
Tell about a time you experienced clear resistance to your efforts to follow God’s will. It could be a person, a situation, or some kind of spiritual warfare. What battle did you face and how was God with you?
When Nehemiah faced the first round of resistance, he just ignored it. How can ignoring people who are lying and attacking you be a good tactic. What are some of the possible dangers of this approach?
Read: Nehemiah 2:19-20. How does Nehemiah speak the truth with bold clarity in this encounter? What are ways we can speak the truth when facing lies, ridicule, and mocking?
Read: Nehemiah 4:1-5. What do you notice about Nehemiah’s prayers in this passage and situation? What are some ways we can pray against people who are attacking us and resisting God’s will?
Read: Nehemiah 4:6-9. Nehemiah posted a literal guard while he continued to pray. What are ways you can “Post a Guard” in your life when you are facing spiritual battles?
Read: Nehemiah 4:10-15. Describe how Nehemiah was strategic and tactical in a time of intense conflict. Why is it important for us to identify our enemy and their tactics and be strategic in our response? How can you do this in an area of your life where you are facing attack or resistance?
Read: Nehemiah 6:1-4. How did Nehemiah keep his eyes on God and God’s project when he could have easily gotten distracted? What are things that can distract you as you are seeking to live for Jesus? What step can you take to stay focused on God’s plans for your life?
Read: Nehemiah 6:5-9. Nehemiah sent a response in writing. What was his tone and message? How can you clarify your calling and commitment in writing so that you (and others) know exactly where you stand when facing attacks?
Read: Nehemiah 13:4-9. Nehemiah cleans house and gets pretty intense about God’s will and following God’s ways. What are specific and practical ways you can clean house and set things in order so you can follow God’s will more intensely in your life?