Welcome back to online bible study, as we discuss week three (session three) from Nehemiah, a Heart That Can Break by Kelly Minter. This week we read about Nehemiah filling the city with people. We learned how the people were living in disgrace and then reconciled to their city and families. Kelly Minter shared personal stories of her ministry to the poor and connected this to our Bible study. She also asked us to connect with our own personal stories of oppression and restoration. Some of the themes she shared this week include enemy attacks and entitlement at the expense of others. Nehemiah was a man of character, not just a leader. The entire time he rebuilt the wall, faced the obstacles and returned the people…his heart was focused on God. With this vision he was able to serve in love and bring glory to God, not to himself.
As we look back on the first three chapters of this Bible study, we see the impact one person might have for the Lord. A seed was planted when Nehemiah’s heart was broken for God’s people. He prayed and waited for direction from God, and found strength in his prayers. When he was threatened by enemies or when they tried to deceive him, Nehemiah again turned to prayer. When he was tempted to profit and stand in a position of pride, he made the decision to take the focus off himself and keep his heart on God’s will. What a beautiful story…as it parallel’s the story of Jesus.
We’re half-way through the book and I’ve really enjoyed this study and the live chats on Facebook. I’m going to change the format for future Bible studies and will NOT have small groups at the Womens Bible Cafe. Instead, women will be invited to join live chats via Facebook or TweetChat. I’ve noticed other online ministries are doing this and it’s worked well for them. We’ve outgrown our ability to manage small groups as we’ve had 600-700 women participate in the last two studies. We’re also global and I want to expand in connecting women to a larger community of fellowship. There’s a definite advantage of being able to communicate in “real time” instead of the small group email communications we’re presently using! If you are joining us in the Choose Joy study by Kay Warren, then be sure to get your books and sign-up here, since it’s just a few weeks away.
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Assignment For Next Week
- Watch Video Session Four (optional due to cost)
- Complete Session Four 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.
- Without naming names, how has the wound from a loved one or trusted friend hurt you? (page 67 )
- Have you ever given up an entitlement in order to serve God’s purpose for your life? What do you see as the greater purpose in giving this up? (page 72 )
- Is the Lord asking you to say no to something, in order to say yes to something else? If so, what? (page 75 )
- What does it mean to fear God more than to fear people? (page 82 )
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.
May you continue to grow in love and faith through your daily Bible study.