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Nehemiah Session One

Nehemiah Session One

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1
DAYONE+TWO:
Duringyourintroductionsessionyouspentsometimediscussingthedefinitionofadiscipleandhow
being
adiscipleimpactsourchurchandcommunity.Theprocessofbeingadiscipleiscalleddiscipleship.Discipleshipis
theprocessbywhichdisciplesgrowintheLordJesusChristandareequippedbytheHolySpirit 
andisatthecoreoftheChristianfaith.Themarksofadisciplecanbefoundin
Mark8:34-38
(Jesuscomesfirstaboveallthings),
John8:31-32
(followers
must 
beobedient),
John15:5-8
(abidinginChristyieldsfruitthatwilllast),
John13:34-35
(ourloveforothersprovesourdedication)and
Matthew28:18-20
(disciplesmakedisciplesandteachthemtoobey).AsyouenterintothisstudyonNehemiah,webelieveitwillbefruitfulforyoutotakepartinadiscipleshipassessment.Thepurposeofthisassessmentistohelpyoudiscovertheareasofyourfaiththatmaybestrongandtheareasofyourfaiththatarereadyforgrowth.Aspartof
DayOne
and
Two
of
SessionOne
readthroughthediscipleshipassessmentandatyourconvenienceanswerthequestionshonestly.Thisisaself-assessment.Therearenowronganswers.Thepurposeofthistestistohelpyougrowinfaith.Afteryouanswerthequestions(ranking1through5)youwillgradeyourassessmentandplotyouranswersonthe
DiscipleshipWheel 
.Phasetwoofthisassessmentwillchallengeyoutoenlistupto3peopletocompleteaDiscipleshipGrowthObservationonyou.Oncealliscompleted,you’llfillouta
DiscipleshipGrowthPlan
,whichwillhelpyou,set
actiongoals
asyoustrivetobecomeamoreChrist-likedisciple.
SESSION ONE
Whatisadisciple?
ADISCIPLEisafollowerofJesusChristwhoisempoweredbytheHolySpiritandwhoselifeiscenteringon:
LovingGodsupremely
Lovingneighborhumbly
Servingtheworldsacrificially,and
Leadingotherstodothesame.
NEXT STEPS:
complete the Discipleship Assessment.
 
2
DAYTHREE:
Ifyouhaven’talready,trytoreadthroughthebookofNehemiahinonesitting.Thisshouldtakeyouabout45minutes.Ifyoudon’thavethetimetoreaditinonesitting,readasmuchasyoucan.Readitthroughquickly.ThiswillgiveanoverviewofNehemiah’spurposeandcallingaswellasageneralsenseofhisperspective.Asyouread,jotdownonthespaceprovidedbelowanyterms,themes,thingsthatstandoutorarerepeatedoremphasized.(IfyouhavealreadyreadthroughNehemiah,gobackandskimitandjotdownsomethings).Writedownanyquestionsyouhave,orthingsyouhopetolearnduringthisstudy.Don’tspendalotoftimewiththis.Wewill“digdeeper”intheweekstocome.
 
SESSION ONE
SIDE NOTE:
Remember,thepurposeofthisstudyisnotjusttogathermore‘information’abouttheBible–buttomovefrom
information
to
transformatio
n.Goddoesn’tcallustosimplyknowmoreabouthimandhisword–Godcallsustoput
Hi 
swordsintoaction.MaythewordsfoundwithinthebookofNehemiahnotjustbeinformative–butalsotransformative.Praythatyourbody,mindandspiritwouldbeopentoaGod-driventransformationthatwouldleadtoaction.
NEXT STEPS:
read through the book of Nehemiah.
 
3
DAYFOUR:
Re-readchapteroneofNehemiah
(textbelow)
Nehemiah1
1
ThewordsofNehemiahsonofHakaliah:InthemonthofKislevinthetwentiethyear,whileIwasinthecitadelofSusa,
2
Hanani,oneofmybrothers,camefromJudahwithsomeothermen,andIquestionedthemabouttheJewishremnantthathadsurvivedtheexile,andalsoaboutJerusalem.
3
Theysaidtome,“Thosewhosurvivedtheexileandarebackintheprovinceareingreattroubleanddisgrace.ThewallofJerusalemisbrokendown,anditsgateshavebeenburnedwithfire.”
4
WhenIheardthesethings,Isatdownandwept.ForsomedaysImournedandfastedandprayedbeforetheGodofheaven.
5
ThenIsaid:“Lord,theGodofheaven,thegreatandawesomeGod,whokeepshiscovenantoflovewiththosewholovehimandkeephiscommandments,
6
letyourearbeattentiveandyoureyesopentoheartheprayeryourservantisprayingbeforeyoudayandnightforyourservants,thepeopleofIsrael.IconfessthesinsweIsraelites,includingmyselfandmyfather’sfamily,havecommittedagainstyou.
7
Wehaveactedverywickedlytowardyou.Wehavenotobeyedthecommands,decreesandlawsyougaveyourservantMoses.
8
“RemembertheinstructionyougaveyourservantMoses,saying,‘Ifyouareunfaithful,Iwillscatteryouamongthenations,
9
butifyoureturntomeandobeymycommands,thenevenifyourexiledpeopleareatthefarthesthorizon,IwillgatherthemfromthereandbringthemtotheplaceIhavechosenasadwellingformyName.’
10
“Theyareyourservantsandyourpeople,whomyouredeemedbyyourgreatstrengthandyourmightyhand.
11
Lord,letyourearbeattentivetotheprayerofthisyourservantandtotheprayerofyourservantswhodelightinreveringyourname.Giveyourservantsuccesstodaybygrantinghimfavorinthepresenceofthisman.”Iwascupbearertotheking.
SESSION ONE
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