Our sermon series is:

Nehemiah - Rebuilding

This sermon series is based upon Nehemiah, a great Old Testament book. When we look a bit deeper at this book we see it gives us a model for how, as Christians, we should approach the tasks of rebuilding and renewal in any situation, whether that be in our life, family, church, work, or society. It is particularly relevant at this moment in time as we are looking towards coming out of the covid-19 pandemic and rebuilding our lives.
We have all suffered damage in many ways from the COVID pandemic; loss of liberty, loss of community, not being able to see and hug our loved ones, loss of our normal way of life, loss of income or job, or very sadly the loss to coronavirus of someone we knew. We need to rebuild. As we look together at the book of Nehemiah over the next six weeks, let’s thank Jesus for His unfailing love (Romans 8:38-39), learn from Nehemiah’s example, seek God’s plans for us to rebuild our lives (see Jeremiah 29:11), and trust that His plans will succeed (Nehemiah 2:20).
WEEK 2 - Sunday 18th April
God-inspired vision and plan

Read Nehemiah 2:1-12

This week we see Nehemiah presenting King Artaxerses with his vision and plan, and then gaining permission from the King to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls and gates. 
  1. What strikes you about this passage?
  2. What does Nehemiah do first when the King asks him what he wants (v. 4)? What does this tell you about Nehemiah’s reliance on God? What would you do in similar circumstances?
  3. How had Nehemiah prepared for his meeting with the King (v. 4-8)?
  4. Why did the King grant Nehemiah’s requests (v. 8)?
  5. Where had Nehemiah’s vision and plan come from (v. 12)? Who gives you inspiration when planning for the future?

WEEK 1 - Sunday 11th April
Prayer first - knowing God and the Word.

Read Nehemiah 1:1-11
The story starts with Nehemiah, the kings cupbearer, hearing from his brother Hanani on his return from Jerusalem that its walls had been destroyed and its gates burned down. Nehemiah was clearly very upset by the news. He wept and then mourned, fasted and prayed for a number of days, culminating in a prayer which is recorded in verses 5 to 11.
The role of King’s Cupbearer was highly esteemed among the Persian people. He had direct access to the king and was familiar with being in a palace environment. The role was seen as being the next in rank to a prince.  
  1. What strikes you about this passage?
  2. Why did Hanani say that the survivors in Jerusalem were in disgrace (v. 3)? What has this got to do with the walls and gates?
  3. Why do you think Nehemiah responded so dramatically to the news (especially as it was old news; the destruction of Jerusalem had taken place around 100 years earlier)?
  4. What does Nehemiah’s prayer tell you about his knowledge of God and of scripture? How does it inspire you to read the bible?
  5. How was Nehemiah’s prayer structured? 

You can look up the notes from past sermon series by clicking here.