READING THE BIBLE IN 52 WEEKS
EZRA AND NEHEMIAH
On June 6, 2012, we will study Nehemiah, one of my favorite books of the Bible. Nehemiah is one of the most important and impressive men in the Bible. Some of the best lessons on leadership and organizing found anywhere, are in Nehemiah!
Remember: THREE-A-DAY IS THE EASIEST WAY! There are 1,189 Chapters in the Bible and to read the whole Bible in 52 Weeks, one must read an average of 3.25 Chapters every day!
We are now in week twenty-one and in studying Nehemiah, we find the Biblical background for some of what we do in worship. Nehemiah is also a great example of what a lay person can do as a church leader and community worker. Nehemiah also presents one of the most powerful models of why the church and church folks must be involved in social justice!
Please read prayerfully and carefully the book of Nehemiah and answer these questions that we will discuss in our session on Wednesday:
1. Who was Nehemiah and what did his name mean? How do we know that Nehemiah wrote the book of Nehemiah?
2. Although, Nehemiah was not born in Jerusalem, why did he decide to go help rebuild the wall of that city? What kind of “good government job” did Nehemiah have?
3. Who was the king of Persia at this time and why did he agree to let Nehemiah go help rebuild the wall around Jerusalem? How did he help Nehemiah go to Jerusalem?
4. Who became upset when Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem? Why?
5. The book of Nehemiah is one of the best manuals for leadership training. What did Nehemiah do when he first got to Jerusalem that leaders should do when starting any major project?
6. What did Nehemiah do and say in Chapter 2 that encouraged and inspired the Jews to start rebuilding the wall?
7. Nehemiah was a master organizer and leader. What did Nehemiah do in Chapter 3 that organizers and leaders should pay attention to in organizing their work today?
8. As President Obama learned, even great organizers have enemies who try to stop their plans. What happened to Nehemiah in Chapter 4 that we can learn from today?
9. What is the well-known verse in Chapter 4 that has encouraged those who have been attacked by enemies while doing important work? How can this verse encourage us at Charity even today?
10. There are 21 lessons in leadership shown by Nehemiah in Chapter 4; can you name some of them?
11. Chapter 5 teaches us a powerful lesson on how God’s leaders are expected to stand up for justice and against corrupt business and government leaders. What did Nehemiah do in Chapter 5 that we need our leaders in these days to stand up and do?
12. Who were Sanballat, Tobiah and Gershem? What did Sanballat and Geshem do after Nehemiah had successfully rebuilt the wall without any gaps?
13. What example of courage, Chapter 6, did Nehemiah show us that we need today?
14. Why do you think, in Chapter 7, God moved Nehemiah’s heart to take a census of those who had returned from Babylon?
15. In which verse of Chapter 8 do we find the Biblical basis for why at Charity we ask the congregation to stand during the reading of Scripture?
16. After Scripture was read in Chapter 8, the preacher Ezra praised God and what did the people say with uplifted hands that we say even today?
17. In Chapter 8, what well known declaration did Nehemiah make to the people about why they should not grieve but have joy?
18. What does Chapter 9 tell us about what Bible study, Bible preaching, and joyful worship can do for us today?
19. How did the leaders seal or sign their covenant to obey God? How did Nehemiah once again show his great leadership when it was time to sign the covenant?
20. At Charity, all ministry leaders are asked, but not required, to sign a covenant of commitment to do their work faithfully and support the church. Where in Chapter 10 do you find the basis for such a covenant or “binding” and “oath” to commit by ministry leaders and church workers?
21. Where in Chapter 10 do we find clear instructions on the expectation that all church members should pay their tithes?
22. Where do we find the dedication of the wall? Why was this so important?
The Book of Nehemiah is exceptional for training of Christian leaders. Name three critical lessons you learned about leadership from Nehemiah.
PLEASE READ ALL OF ESTHER & JOB CHAPTERS 1-14 FOR JUNE 13, 2012