Reflection Guide - Nehemiah 2:9-18

Key points from the sermon:

  • In verse 10, we see that resistance is a reality for Nehemiah.  As we walk in obedience to God, resistance will be a reality for us too.

  • Nehemiah closely and secretly inspects the walls.  He knows that the giant work ahead will require faith and sacrifice.  In verse 17, he invites the people to take communal ownership of the vision and the work.

  • Nehemiah sees that “Jerusalem lies in ruins,” and this is NOT God’s design for His chosen people; it doesn’t rightly reflect their King.  Nehemiah is calling the Israelites to restore the walls, so that the nations might see God’s glory displayed among His people. In the same way, we are invited to “inspect the walls” of today’s Church.  Let’s look at the cracks and consider how God might be calling us to restoration, so that we would display His kingdom to a watching world in need of Jesus!

  • In verse 18, Nehemiah again credits God for all that He’s done and will do.  It is all God’s faithfulness, not Nehemiah’s gifting nor Nehemiah’s work.

  • Ultimately, the people rose up to build!  “They strengthened their hands for the good work” that God had put on their hearts.  

Scripture to meditate on this week:

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”  -1 Peter 5:10

Discussion Questions:

  1. What stands out to you when you read Nehemiah 2:9-18?  Why or how so?

  2. “Inspect the walls” of your life, your family, your city, The Church.  Where are the cracks? Where do we need restoration? Why is restoration important and do we even have hope for restoration?  Have you experienced restoration in the past? If so, describe your experience.

  3. We end this passage with the people strengthening their hands for the good work.  What does this mean and how do we strengthen our own hands? Are you prepared to “rise up and build?!”

Practice:

Let’s practice making honest assessments this week.  Don’t ignore the cracks in your heart and in your life.  Instead, remember that God will himself restore and strengthen you for the task ahead.  We have a new mantra: “Let us rise up and build!” Notice the “us.” You’re not alone in this task!  God has gathered a people together. Let’s live out our namesake: Soma. We are the Body of Christ and we will work together for restoration, here on earth as it is in Heaven.