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Small Group Questions

September 23, 2018
Nehemiah 8, 9 (excerpts), 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Get To Know You
1)   Andrew began by noting that the past week included Constitution Day, Apple Dumpling Day, Cheeseburger Day, and even Miniature Golf Day. What is your favorite holiday? If you could designate a special day, what would it remember or celebrate?  
Into the Text
2)   Read Nehemiah 8:1-3. While it is unlikely we would want to listen to God's word being read non-stop "from daybreak till noon," it is important to encounter Scripture. How often is enough?
3)   Ezra read God's word to "men, women, and others" (not sure who "others" might be). How important is it for us to encounter God's word together?  
4)   As you think about your own experiences with Scripture, what is your favorite book (or books) of the Bible? Why?
5)   Read Nehemiah 8:9-10. Why do you think the people "had been weeping as they listened to the words of the law?"
6)   Nehemiah told them not to weep because "the joy of the Lord is our strength." How does the "joy of the Lord" strengthen us?
7)   Much of chapter 9 consists of the people recalling the Israelite history of rebellion against God, but then the people brought it to their own day. Read Nehemiah 9:32-37. In verse 37, they speak of "our sins." Do you think they were owning the sins of their ancestors? If so, should we do that? If yes, what are some implications for us?
8)   Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Just as God's mercy and goodness were remembered in Nehemiah's day, Paul remembered His goodness and mercy also. How does the gospel continue to remind us of God's goodness and mercy?
9)   What should we do in response to God's goodness and mercy?    
10)   Prayerfully reflect on your own life, your own history. Is there sin you still need to confess and move beyond? Ask God to help you do that