Reflection Guide - Nehemiah 7:73-8:1

Key points from the sermon:

  • In these two verses, we see diverse gifting and diverse roles (priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, temple servants) that all come together “as one man” under the Book of the Law of Moses.  They are radically unified as God’s people under God’s Word.

  • This picture of “one man” is similar to the picture of one body we see in Ephesians 4.  All of us have different gifts and different roles in order to equip and build up the body (or Soma, which is the Greek word for “body”) of Christ!

  • We are gifted - not to make much of ourselves or our gifting, but to make much of Christ.  Our “little g” gifts point to THE GIFT, Jesus Himself. When the Israelites gather in unity, it is not to make much of the temple servants as they chop wood, it is not to watch the priests butcher the sacrifice, it is not to see their favorite singers in concert, nor is it to hear from their favorite celeb pastor, Ezra.  They gather to make much of God through his Word.

Scripture to meditate on this week:

“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”  -Ephesians 4:15-16

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do you notice in Neh. 7:73-8:1?  Do you see diversity? Do you see unity?

  2. We talked on Sunday about how our “little g” gifts point to THE GIFT.  In what ways are we tempted to make much of the “little g” gifts and what are the consequences of doing so?

  3. How do we avoid making much of “little g” gifts?

Practice:

“All the people gathered as one man” to hear God's Word.  This week let's examine how we can do that as one body, as Soma San Marcos.  First, is anything preventing us from gathering? Next, is anything preventing us from unity?  And finally, is anything preventing us from hearing God's Word? Let's pray through these questions and share our thoughts with our MC and/or DNA.