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Bible Study is now open for men and women – Every Tuesday evening at 7pm in the Board Room from September through the end of May.  All members of the Church are invited, and members of the community are very welcome to join us.

The theme is “Be Determined:  Standing Firm in the Face of Opposition”.  God calls us to be determined.  We are currently studying the Book of Nehemiah but will diverge to different topics during holiday seasons.

Those attending please read Nehemiah Chapter 9 to prepare for our next discussion.

Nehemiah

Here are some questions to consider for Chapter 1:

+ What do you feel passionately about?

+ Nehemiah was a man who felt passionately about an issue.  Who was Nehemiah? What impression of him as a person do you get from this first chapter?

+ What was Nehemiah’s burning issue?  Why was it so important to him?

+ What did Nehemiah do about his passion?  What cost was he willing to pay?

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 1     (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Here are some questions to consider for our study in Nehemiah Chapter 2:

+ What do you consider to be a person of great faith?  Why?

+ What were the evidences of Nehemiah’s faith?

+ Why did Nehemiah have to exercise his faith by waiting?

+ What risks was Nehemiah taking by asking the King for approval to leave his post?

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 2:1-8    (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

+ In what way have you experienced opposition when you walked in obedience?  Were you surprised by it?  Why or why not?

+ What lessons can we learn from Nehemiah’s response to the critics in vv. 19-20 that we can apply to the critics in our lives?

+ How can circumstances or critics in our life also act as opposition to pull us away from our calling?

+ How does Nehemiah’s story invite people to join him in rebuilding the wall?  What story do you have in your own life that you can use or make reference to encourage others to capture God’s vision for their lives?

+ How does remembering how God has moved in the past help us move forward in the future?

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 2:9-20    (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Questions to consider for our discussion of Chapter 3:

1. Rather than carefully record names and details about the builders of the wall, Nehemiah could have simply written, “And  many people from all walks of life rose up to build the wall.”  Why do you think the Spirit prompted him to include these details?  What can we learn about God from this careful listing?

2. How did Nehemiah organize the group?

3. What does this show us about having a team work to accomplish a BIG task?

4. What kind of attitude was there among some of the rich from Tekoa (Southern Judah)?  What does this tell us about getting everyone involved?

5. What kind of builder are you?  Do you build your life to make a name for yourself or to make much of the name of God?  How should the way believers handle money, relationships, and time reflect their desire to build God’s kingdom rather than their own?

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 3    (Click to open in a new window or tab)

The Gates of Jerusalem                                                

 

Here are some questions for our discussion of Chapter 4:

1. When have you been ridiculed?  What did it feel like?  How did you
respond?

2. Nehemiah and his workers suffered severe ridicule.  Read Nehemiah 4.
What tactics did Sanballat and Tobiah use in ridiculing them?

3. Nehemiah handled the ridicule through prayer.  Describe the way he
prayed.

4. What are the advantages of pouring our hearts out to God in situations
like this?

5. How did the ridicule affect the work on the wall?  Why was that?

6. When ridicule didn’t work, the opposition tried threats.  How did
Nehemiah and the people respond to these threats?

7. What specific steps did Nehemiah take to keep working on the wall?

8. What kind of opposition do we, as believers, face today?

9. What steps can we take to continue God’s work when we are ridiculed or
discouraged?

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 4:1-6    (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Below are some questions for our discussion:

1. How did the ridicule affect the work on the wall? Why was that?

2. When ridicule didn’t work, the opposition used other tactics including intimidating plots, discouragement, and threats. How did Nehemiah and the people respond to these tactics?

3. What specific steps did Nehemiah take to keep working on the wall?

4. What kind of opposition we as believers face today?

5. What steps can we take to continue God’s work when we are ridiculed,
threatened, or discouraged?

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 4:7-23    (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Hello Friends,

I love what the Bible says about the people of Berea in Acts 17:11, “These
Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the
message very eagerly and examined the Scriptures every day to see whether
these things were so.” May we, as the people of Perea did, receive God’s
Word with joy and allow the Holy Spirit to transform our lives. I look
forward to seeing you all Tuesday evening, November 8th. This week we will
cover Nehemiah chapter 5:1-13.

I’ve also got you a great video of a pastor friend of mine who’s got an
amazing ministry in Tunisia, North Africa. The video contains a short
baptism service of Muslims who have converted to Christianity. We will
watch it.

God’s peace and blessings!
Mouris Yousef

As you prepare yourselves for this week’s Bible study, please consider the
following study questions:

+ What were the people’s complaints?

+ How did Nehemiah react when he heard these complaints? Is anger always
wrong?

+ What do his reactions tell us about him?

+ What difficulties did Nehemiah face in confronting his own people?

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 5:1-13   (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Here are some study questions for our session on 11/22:

+ In Nehemiah 5:16 we read, “Indeed, I devoted myself to the work on this wall …”. When you think about being “devoted”, what does it mean to you? What did it mean to Nehemiah then? What implications should have on your life?

+ For those of you who were here last week and watched the clip of 10 Tunisian Muslims getting baptized, how does their example challenge our lives as Christians in the United States?

I look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting.  God bless you all, friends.  Stay strong in the Lord!

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Mouris Yousef

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 5:14-19   (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Greetings Bible Study Class —

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoyed all God’s blessings during this very special season.  May this New Year become a year of going deep in your walk with the Lord and wide in making an impact in God’s Kingdom for God’s glory!

Our break is over and we are meeting tomorrow, TUESDAY JANUARY 10TH AT 7:00 PM.  We will cover Nehemiah chapter 6:1-9.  Here are some study questions for this week:

+ In Nehemiah 6, Nehemiah’s enemies tried to manipulate and discredit him.  What were the messages Nehemiah received?  How were they manipulative?

+ How did Nehemiah reply to each one?

+ What was Nehemiah’s overall approach to being manipulated, accused, intimidated, and discredited?

+ What effect did the enemies’ efforts have on the work of rebuilding the wall?

+ Think about Nehemiah’s prayer life in the face of opposition.  What is the message that keeps coming to us as we study this book?

Stay warm and safe.  See you all tomorrow, Lord willing!

In Christ,

Mouris Yousef

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 6:1-9  (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Greetings Bible Study Class —

Hope this note finds you well, friends.  Tonight we will be finishing Nehemiah chapter 6 focusing on Nehemiah 6:10-19.  My notes are attached and there will be hard copies for your use tonight.  As you prepare your heart for our gathering tonight, please consider the following study questions:

Ø  Nehemiah stays focused on the “better” thing instead of distracted by a potentially “good” thing.  In doing good for the cause of Christ, when have you been tempted to settle for second best or good enough?

Ø  How can focusing on a great work keep us from distraction?

Ø  What is our great work?

Ø  Nehemiah discerns that Sanballat and Shemaiah are dealing falsely with him.  How does a Christian discern between truth and error?  Look up the following verses to help with your answer: Romans 12:2; James 1:5 and John 10:27.

Ø  Nehemiah’s rebuilding of the wall represents an enormous accomplishment.  When the Lord grants you great favor and success, how do you respond in your thoughts, words, and actions?  What temptation to sin do we face in those times?

Ø  What can we learn about following God from this chapter?

Ø  What are some of the practical lessons we learn from Nehemiah chapter 6?

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Mouris Yousef

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 6:10-19  (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Hello Bible Study Class —

Missed being with you all last Tuesday.  I look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. for another Bible Study lesson.  Hopefully the rain and wind will be nice to us.  They say tomorrow should be quieter than today.

I am attaching you my notes for tomorrow’s lesson based on Nehemiah chapter 7:1-4.

As you read that short passage, think about these few Study Questions:

+ As you look back at your life, what is your major accomplishment?

+ In your opinion, what matters the most to God?

+ After the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, what were some of Nehemiah’s priorities as you see it in 7:1-4?

+ What was unique about Hanani and Hananiah?

+ How do you define faithfulness?

God’s peace and blessings!

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Mouris Yousef

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 7v1-4 (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Greetings Bible Study Class —

Please see the link below to my notes and some discussion questions for our Bible Study session this Tuesday, January 31st.  We had a great lesson last week and I missed seeing some of you.  Hope you all can make it Tuesday evening.  God’s peace and blessings!

Yours in Christ’s Service,

Mouris Yousef

Summary of Nehemiah Chapter 7v5-73 (Click to open in a new window or tab)

 

Click to read:

Nehemiah 1

Nehemiah 2

Nehemiah 3

Nehemiah 4

Nehemiah 5

Nehemiah 6

Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 8

Nehemiah 9

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