Reflection Guide - Nehemiah 1:1-3

Key points from the sermon:

  • This book is not about about the wall, not about the man.  It’s about God’s redemptive, restorative work.

  • In verse 2, Nehemiah asks about the state of Jerusalem.  This reflects God’s character. He cares about His people.

  • As Christians, we care about the broken and the needy because we are the broken and needy!  We don’t save the broken and needy, but invite them into the hope and healing we are receiving in Christ.

Scripture to meditate on this week:

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”  -Psalm 34:18

Discussion Questions:

  1. What stands out to you when you read Neh. 1:1-3?

  2. Why is it significant that Nehemiah asks about the state of Jerusalem?  Do we genuinely believe that God cares about His people? Why or why not?

  3. Do you see yourself as broken and needy?  If so, in what ways has God been healing you and bringing you hope?  If not, what is preventing you from seeing your brokenness and daily need for Jesus?  What results when we forget that we are broken and needy?

Practice:

Ask God to open your eyes to the brokenness in you and around you.  What kind of news do you seek out? Do you check in with Believers around the world?  Spend a few minutes this week simply asking about another person or people group (in San Marcos or beyond).  Then search your heart and practice believing that God cares and He is big enough to meet all the needs. Read Phil. 4:19 and rejoice that we have hope in Jesus!