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 are a few suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Praise God that He is a loving, merciful God who hears our prayers and responds to us.
- Pray that as we share and learn from each other, our hearts would be knit together in unity, and we would all lean into Jesus.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Describe a time when you impulsively responded to a situation without first praying and asking God for direction, and describe the outcome.
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore the strength of waiting on God.
Open your Bibles together and ask a few people to read the following:
- Nehemiah 1:4 - 2:20. Share a time in your life when you prayed and waited on God and you received a plan directly from Him.
- Read Ex. 14:14; Hebrews 6:12; and Psalm 130. Compare each verse to the leadership that Nehemiah exemplified.
- What specific challenge, situation or problem are you facing today? Why is it easier to get busy doing then to stop, pray and wait on God? Is God calling you to lead others in this situation?
- Read Matthew 25:23. Nehemiah built a good reputation with the King by being faithful in the small things. What are the “small things” in your life - at home, at school, at work - that you feel you are being faithful with? Or what are the small things you could be more faithful in?
- What does humility in a leader look like? Do you have any examples in your life?
Closing Prayer: (5-15 minutes)
- As we have named the current situations we are each facing, let us pray together, asking God to help us rely on His timing and His plan.
- Ask Jesus to reveal to us our next steps with Him.
CHALLENGE IDEAS FOR THE WEEK
This week, commit NOT to do anything, except to daily pray and fast for your greatest challenge.