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FEBRUARY 18, 2024
“GRACE CARRIES US”
DR. KEVIN UECKERT
Lead Pastor









THIS WEEK’S TEXT

NEHEMIAH 2:1-8

Nehemiah 2:1–8 2 In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. 2 And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” 4 Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. 5 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ graves, that I may rebuild it.” 6 And the king said to me (the queen sitting beside him), “How long will you be gone, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me when I had given him a time. 7 And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, 8 and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me.


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NEHEMIAH 2:1-8

 



CONSIDER



Read this week's text. You might be tempted to skip this step, but it's the most crucial part of your time together
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READ 

NEHEMIAH 2:1-8

 



CONSIDER



Read this week's text then consider the following questions. We recommend you utilize a journal to write your response.

1. In Nehemiah 2:1-8, Nehemiah feels a strong calling to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, which leads him to take a significant risk by approaching the king with his request. Reflecting on the theme of "putting your yes on the table," how can we identify God's call in our lives and what steps can we take to prepare ourselves to respond with a "yes," even when it involves risk or stepping out of our comfort zones?

2. Nehemiah's story illustrates that he was a "broken vessel," deeply moved by the plight of his people and the state of Jerusalem, which positioned him to carry mercy and grace to others through his actions. How can our own experiences of brokenness or vulnerability become opportunities to serve and bring healing to others?

  • Share an example from your life or someone you know who, through their own brokenness, was able to offer grace and mercy to others.

3. Nehemiah's request to the king was met with favor, indicating that his preparation met opportunity. Here was see Nehemiah’s “yes” followed by God’s act of great mercy.  How can we actively prepare ourselves to be ready when God calls us to action? What does it mean to you to have your "yes on the table" in everyday life, and how can this readiness impact your ability to be a vessel of mercy and grace to those around you?


PRAY 

Dear Lord, guide us to return to You daily, seeking Your presence and guidance in every decision through prayer. Help us to bravely say "yes" to Your calling, trusting in Your provision and support as we pursue the plans You have for our lives. Amen.



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Read this week's text aloud as a family. You might be tempted to skip this step, but it's the most crucial part of your time together
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This week use your small group time to consider the act of continually returning to the Lord each day, prayer, and saying "yes" to the things that God wants to do in your life.

Can you think of a time when you asked God for help with something big or small? How did it make you feel to talk to God about it?

If God asked you to do something special or challenging, like helping a friend or trying something new, how can you say "yes" and trust Him to help you?

Nehemiah asked the king for help and trusted God to make it happen. What are some ways we can see God helping us in our everyday lives, like at school or when we’re playing?


PRAY 

Dear Lord, guide us to return to You daily, seeking Your presence and guidance in every decision through prayer. Help us to bravely say "yes" to Your calling, trusting in Your provision and support as we pursue the plans You have for our lives. Amen.



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    CONSIDER



    Read this week's text aloud as a group. You might be tempted to skip this step, but it's the most crucial part of your time together
    .

    1. In Nehemiah 2:1-8, Nehemiah feels a strong calling to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, which leads him to take a significant risk by approaching the king with his request. Reflecting on the theme of "putting your yes on the table," how can we identify God's call in our lives and what steps can we take to prepare ourselves to respond with a "yes," even when it involves risk or stepping out of our comfort zones?

    2. Nehemiah's story illustrates that he was a "broken vessel," deeply moved by the plight of his people and the state of Jerusalem, which positioned him to carry mercy and grace to others through his actions. How can our own experiences of brokenness or vulnerability become opportunities to serve and bring healing to others?

    • Share an example from your life or someone you know who, through their own brokenness, was able to offer grace and mercy to others.

    3. Nehemiah's request to the king was met with favor, indicating that his preparation met opportunity. Here was see Nehemiah’s “yes” followed by God’s act of great mercy.  How can we actively prepare ourselves to be ready when God calls us to action? What does it mean to you to have your "yes on the table" in everyday life, and how can this readiness impact your ability to be a vessel of mercy and grace to those around you?


    PRAY 

    Dear Lord, guide us to return to You daily, seeking Your presence and guidance in every decision through prayer. Help us to bravely say "yes" to Your calling, trusting in Your provision and support as we pursue the plans You have for our lives. Amen.



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