February 23 – 29

Weekly Reading for February 23 – 29

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Navigating Life's Surprises
Sermon Title: Surprised by the Transforming Victory of God

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 1, 2020:


Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: Navigating Life's Surprises
Sermon Title: Surprised by the Weight of the Work
Delivered On: February 23, 2020

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Memorize and Reflect

Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall." (Nehemiah 4:10)


Prayer Direction

Ask God to fill you with His power to overcome the obstacles you face that seem too big for you. Thank God for the times He has shown up in your life and done the things you could never have done in your own power. Pray for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing.


“Live It!” Challenge

Prepare for the Weight: Take time to identify a challenge that is ahead of you. Write down three or four specific ways you need to be ready to carry the weight of this challenge. Pray for strength and plan what steps you can take to be ready and prepared for what God has planned for you.


Small Group Discussion

  1. Describe one of the greatest challenges you have faced in your life and how God helped you through it. What weight did God call you to carry as you faced this challenge?

  2. Read: Nehemiah 2:1-4. What weight did Nehemiah need to carry in terms of his political, professional, and personal life? What is a weight you are carrying right now in one of these areas?

  3. Read: Nehemiah 2:13-15 and Nehemiah 4:10. Describe some of the physical weight Nehemiah and the people of God had to carry to accomplish God’s will? Why is it important that Christians realize and embrace the fact that there will be times we have to pay a price physically to follow Jesus?

  4. Read: Nehemiah 1:4-7. What were some of the spiritual weight Nehemiah and the people had to carry as they followed the will of God to rebuild the wall and reestablish worship in Jerusalem?

  5. What are some of the spiritual weights you are carrying right now and how can your small group members pray for you and support you?

  6. Read: Nehemiah 6:5-9. What were some of the relational weights and challenges Nehemiah and the people faced?

  7. What are some of the weights we can face when we live in this world with a commitment to follow Jesus and His Word?

  8. Why is it important that we learn to praise God, even when we carry a huge weight and feel the strain of following God’s Word and ways?

  9. How can your small group members help you carry some of the weight that is on you right now?

  10. Describe one of the greatest challenges you have faced in your life and how God helped you through it. What weight did God call you to carry as you faced this challenge?

  11. Read: Nehemiah 2:1-4. What weight did Nehemiah need to carry in terms of his political, professional, and personal life? What is a weight you are carrying right now in one of these areas?

  12. Read: Nehemiah 2:13-15 and Nehemiah 4:10. Describe some of the physical weight Nehemiah and the people of God had to carry to accomplish God’s will? Why is it important that Christians realize and embrace the fact that there will be times we have to pay a price physically to follow Jesus?

  13. Read: Nehemiah 1:4-7. What were some of the spiritual weight Nehemiah and the people had to carry as they followed the will of God to rebuild the wall and reestablish worship in Jerusalem?

  14. What are some of the spiritual weights you are carrying right now and how can your small group members pray for you and support you?

  15. Read: Nehemiah 6:5-9. What were some of the relational weights and challenges Nehemiah and the people faced?

  16. What are some of the weights we can face when we live in this world with a commitment to follow Jesus and His Word?

  17. Why is it important that we learn to praise God, even when we carry a huge weight and feel the strain of following God’s Word and ways?

  18. How can your small group members help you carry some of the weight that is on you right now?

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