Reflection Guide - Nehemiah 3:1-5

Key points from the sermon:

  • In this passage, we see the contrast of two legacies:  Eliashib the high priest left a legacy of humility, while the Tekoite nobles left a legacy of pride.  Eliashib got his hands dirty. Though he was a high priest, he wasn’t afraid of the hard, lowly work. But the Tekoite nobles “would not stoop to serve their Lord.”

  • Eliashib’s servant leadership points to the perfect servant leader: Jesus Christ, “who came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

  • Today’s culture often values leaders who look more like the prideful Tekoite nobles. However, as Christ-followers, we must remember that there is only one Biblical definition of a leader: servant.

Scripture to meditate on this week:

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” -Philippians 2:5-8

Discussion Questions:

  1. What stands out to you when you read Nehemiah 3:1-5?  Why or how so?

  2. The Tekoite nobles left a legacy of pride.  Jonathan Edwards said, “Pride is the worst sin.”  What are the dangers of pride? Why is it “the worst sin”?  How can we as a Body fight against this sin?

  3. Unlike the Tekoite nobles, Jesus embodied perfect servant leadership.  How is this good news for us today?

Practice:

This week let’s watch vigilantly for pride in our hearts.  In humility, ask your spouse or your roommates or your DNA group where they see pride in your heart.  Listen without being defensive and thank them for their insight, understanding that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).  Ask God to reveal any pride in our hearts and humbly plead with Him to remove this sin. May our hearts and our lives reflect our perfect servant leader, Jesus Christ.