Reflection Guide - Nehemiah 8:7-8

Key points from the sermon:

  • In these verses, we see that leaders have been trained up to help God’s people understand the Law.  This probably involved some translating and some contextualizing, some listening and answering questions.

  • We also see that “the people remained in their places.”  God meets us where we are in order to fill us with His Word.  “The people understood the reading.”  It wasn’t just seminary students who understood the reading.  God met them where they were and “gave the sense.” This happens most clearly and powerfully through Jesus, God’s Word incarnate.  Think about when God’s story first intersected yours… where did Jesus first meet you? And where is He meeting you today?

  • Together, these verses showcase the heart of why we do life in Missional Community.  We want to meet people where they are and help them understand and internalize God’s Word.  We want to help people “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). We want them to see that Jesus is good news all week long - at work, at home, at school - not just at the gatherings on Sundays.  We want to remember for ourselves that Jesus is good news all week long - at work, at home, at school - not just at the gatherings on Sundays.

  • Ultimately, we’re aiming for gospel fluency.  Jeff Vanderstelt explains gospel fluency in this way:  “A person is gospel fluent when the gospel becomes their ‘mother tongue.’  They see the world through that filter, they hear the world through that filter, and they know how to speak the truths of the gospel - the truths of Jesus - into the everyday stuff of life.”  We’re aiming to saturate Central Texas (and beyond) with the good news of Jesus Christ through life in Missional Community, that every man, woman, and child would have a daily encounter with Jesus in word and deed.  This is the heart of what is happening in Jerusalem in 400BC and it’s the heart of why we exist as Soma San Marcos today.

Scripture to meditate on this week:

“Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.” -Psalm 119:144

Discussion Questions:

  1. What stands out to you in Neh. 8:7-8?  Why or how so?

  2. What does it mean to truly “understand the Law” or “the reading”?

  3. What is gospel fluency and why does it matter?

  4. What are the obstacles that make gospel fluency challenging in our culture?  How can we fight together for gospel fluency?

Practice:

This week let’s study the concept of gospel fluency.  Click this link to watch short videos about gospel fluency.  Think about your personal story and how God has met you where you are.  Share your story in your DNA group. Also, let’s meditate on Psalm 119 together.  Pray through Psalm 119 and plead with God to give us understanding, to help us internalize His Word, trusting that his promises indeed give us life.