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Rebuilding Walls, Renewing Hearts, Banding Together

Chapter 21 of The Story: “Rebuilding the Walls” – Nehemiah 1-9 sel (ESV)

[This is what Nehemiah’s brother, Hanani,] said to him, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”  Nehemiah 1:2-3 sel (ESV)

Key Points:

  1.  A Committed and Compassionate Response to Brokenness
  2. God, the Difference Maker
  3. Portrait of a Godly Leader
  4. Spiritual Renewal

Questions to Stir Discussion:

In Chapter 3, Nehemiah announces to the people that God has sent him to rebuild the wall. Then he encourages and motivates the people to join together in this great work, and all of Judah agree. Can you think of a time in your life when someone did that for you? What was the issue ? What did they say that motivated everyone to move forward?

For years Israel has looked at, but not addressed the rubble and ruin around them. In fact, we learn in scripture that no new houses were built in Jerusalem. People simply returned to their home farms. Why do you think Israel didn’t address the wall until Nehemiah came? What are the reasons you or the people you know don’t address the brokenness in their life?

As Nehemiah and all those in Judah began to tackle the wall, they face opposition from within and without. We can expect the same things as we move forward for God. What are some ‘pearls of wisdom’we glean from how Nehemiah deals with conflict within and without?

When the people heard the Word of God, we’re told they wept. How has a scripture or story in the Bible touched your heart, convicted you, or caused you to change something in your life?