BEFORE YOU GATHER
- If this is one of your first group meetings, familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips and/or CLICK HERE to review and remind your group of the Group Agreement.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this weekend’s message, here is a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.
Thank you Lord for the beautiful love letter of the Bible; The very word of life and truth. May the Bible never become dull to us but instead may it sharpen us to listen to the Holy Spirit and ask “How does this apply to my life?”
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
In this series, "The Making of a Leader," what leadership principle from Esther or Nehemiah has impacted you in your leadership? Share your example of how and why.
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
Effective Leaders Never Lose Sight of the “Why”
Read out loud John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
- This verse captures the BIG “why” which is Jesus. There is a SMALL “why” that fits your personal context which is reflective in your season of life, your influence, your passions, your dreams. What is your "why?" Share this with the group.
- Oftentimes, our personal ambition gives room for our SMALL "why" to get in the way. Give some examples of everyday ways that you can keep the BIG "why" front and center.
Effective Leaders are Learners.
Open your Bibles together and ask someone to read Nehemiah 8:1-3.
- Ezra is Israel’s national priest who faithfully taught the Book of Law (the first 5 books of the Bible). Today, the Bible helps us understand who God is, who we are and how life works. What role has the Bible played in your life? Share a favorite verse and how/when it impacted your life.
- What Godly character trait do you recognize in one another? Spend time giving words of affirmation to one another. Share a Bible verse that would bless one another.
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring revelation through the Bible to your everyday life. That the broken pieces will be redeemed through the instruction and guidance from the teachings in the Bible.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
Spend some time thinking and sitting with your WHY that is a part of this particular season you find yourself in. Pray for specific verses that correlate with those thoughts to come to light as you speak with Him. Over this next week, memorize one of those life verses.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP:
- (Video, Blog and Article Resource) The Bible Project: Ezra-Nehemiah
- (Book Resource) The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World by Peter Scazzero