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1. Never forget where you have been.

  • Nehemiah 9:1-21
  • Leader Notes
    • As God’s people in the book of Nehemiah humbled themselves and sought after God, they pressed in at a super deep level. You know God is doing a work in your heart when you can’t get enough of the Word of God and can’t wait to spend time with God.
    • A person has a testimony when they tell their story with God at the center. Our story as a Christian is our mistakes, followed by God’s faithfulness. Our culture wants us to always put our best foot forward but as followers of Jesus we make God the hero of our story. 
    • God wants to do a work of redemption in our life. It doesn’t take him time to do it, it takes us time to realize it. 
    • Our culture encourages us to see ourselves as victims. But when you’re a follower of Jesus you are an overcomer. Because of who Jesus is and what he has done we can say “That was really hard, But God Did ______.”
    • God wants to move us from our brokenness into the power and presence of God.
    • Isaiah 43:18-19
    • Our past success can be a hindrance to our future success if we are not looking for the fresh things that God wants to do today.
  • Where have you seen the redemptive hand of God in your life? What does your story look like with God at the center? 

2. God is faithful even when we are not.

  • Nehemiah 9:22-31
  • Leader Notes
    • Even though we are imperfect, the Gospel message is we have failed and are in need of a savior, and he gets everything right. 
    • Oftentimes even though God is faithful, we tend to forget what he has done pretty quickly. 
    • Some people have made such huge mistakes that they feel God has abandoned them. But that is a total lie. There is no mistake that you have committed, no sin that is stronger than the forgiveness that is offered in Jesus. 
    • We are all “in Christ” because of grace. You are close to God because of grace.
    • As much as we all want to be faithful, we go through seasons of unfaithfulness, like the disciples. 
  • What has God done for you that you can celebrate today?  

3. Make room for God to move.

  • Nehemiah 9:32-38
  • Leader Notes
    • God gives us the land, but we need to cry out to him to move in our life.
    • God wants to move in your life and seeking him to move is the beginning of God’s next awesome work with you in the middle of it. 
  • When is the last time you asked God to move in your life and how are you going to ask him to move now?

Optional Follow-up Questions:

  • What makes you say that?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
  • Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
  • What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
  • Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?