Welcome back to online bible study, as we discuss week one (session one) from Nehemiah, a Heart That Can Break by Kelly Minter. It’s been a busy week as we launched the Summer Bible Study, organized 650+ women into small groups and introduced ourselves via email or live Facebook chats. By now you’ve settled into a habit of daily reading and are digging deep into the Word of God. This week our lesson centered on what makes a heart break. We saw in our study of Nehemiah how his heart was broken for God’s people, and this compassion inspired Nehemiah to move and take action. This week we’ll be discussing compassion in live Facebook chats so join us when it’s most convenient for your schedule. To see the chat schedule- click here
Were you convicted by your study to think about those people with broken walls who might need you? Did the lesson stir your own compassionate heart? As you recall, the first thing Nehemiah did when he felt compassion was to pray. He cried, he fasted and he went to the LORD for wisdom and direction. Clearly his purpose was God’s will and not his own. Kelly Minter writes “sometimes the most accomplished people aren’t the ones with the most ability but with the most breakable hearts.”
Nehemiah was in conversation with the LORD through his prayers and discerning the LORD’s will for this situation. He was also unsure how to approach the king. Finally in chapter two he says…
I was very much afraid, but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire? ”
The king said to me, “What is it you want?”
Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king… Nehemiah 2:3-5 NIV
When I read this I stopped on the words “Then I prayed to the God of heaven.” I’m unsure if Nehemiah left the room and prayed silently, of if he dropped to his wobbly knees before the king and prayed to his one true King. Did he shout a prayer, pray silently or shed a whisper and a tear? In that short time frame, a cupbearer servant of the king was able to rise above his status and earn favor with both king and queen. It’s a powerful moment in history….orchestrated by compassion and obedience to God.
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Assignment For Next Week
- Discuss Session One
- Watch Video Session Two (optional due to cost)
- Complete Session Two in your book.
- Check in with your small group
- Join a live chat discussion (optional) for schedule –click here
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- Have you ever opened yourself up to the struggle of another person? How did this affect you? (page 14 )
- What role does repentance play in your prayer life? If very little, why do you think this is so? (page 20 )
- Have you ever had a vision to do something for God that turned out differently than what you planned? (page 29 )
- Did you try cooking the enchiladas or ginger snap cookies this week?
- If you want, share a favorite moment from this week’s study.