They were Motivated
They were Dedicated
They were Cooperative
Chap 1 – Nehemiah, a man of God in prayer
Listening to the report on Jerusalem
Weeping over the ruins of Jerusalem
Praying to a glorious God to rebuild, repair, & recover
Chap 2 – Faith in Action
Decision point – stepping out in faith … at any cost
Build a plan
Meet the resistance
When you face a big task, what helps you accomplish it?
Read Nehemiah 3.
When Nehemiah faced the huge task of rebuilding the wall, he found an easier way to accomplish it.
What was his strategy?
How did the priests, who were leaders, view the manual work of rebuilding the wall? Why?
Compare vs 1 with vs 5
What principle do you see in James 4:17?
How did Nehemiah view labor? Why?
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
How does Nehemiah’s view of manual labor compare with yours?
Note the number of times the phrase “next to him” is used.
What is the significant to you?
Have you ever been involved with a successful team effort in sports, business, or church?
What is the single most important ingredient to the success of a team?
How is teamwork in a church supposed to work?
Corinthians 12:12 - 26
Involve of everyone
The entire city gave itself over for 52 days
Its not just the Pastor or hired staff, but ministry of the church belongs to the congregation
Cooperation -Work where you are placed strategically by God
Complete your assignment
How does God choose laborers?
Who helped Shallum repair their section of the wall? Vs 12
How has God used women in building His kingdom?
Acts 16:14 & 15
How did Nehemiah determine who would work where?
In God’s kingdom, is some work more important than other work?
What work is God giving you to do?
(Your work might include things you have been doing for some time, and/or something new.)
If you don’t know how to answer this question, it could be something you pray about.
What goes through your mind when you think about what God has given you to do or what He might be giving you?
Are you refusing to do it?
Listen for God’s Word
Listen for God’s Voice
Listen to God’s People
Look for God’s Fingerprints
Take a step of faith
Get into the Bible
Pray/Worship in the Spirit
Seek wise counsel
Seek providential circumstances
Obey what you know
Source: Johnny and Beth Evens, 2012