The Wall | Digging Deeper

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Sermon from March 1, 2020

Athiest philosopher Jorge Santayana once wrote, ”Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This famous quote is inscribed on a plaque at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Today, through the book of Nehemiah, we look at a series of Biblical historical events that teach us to trust God today & in the future as He guides us (& uses) us during difficult times.


  1. Have you ever had a building or home improvement project that seemed utterly overwhelming to you? What did you do?

  2. Read Neh. 1:1-3. What key details does Nehemiah provide in these first 3 verses? How do these details fit in with the larger history of Jerusalem’s capture and exile?

  3. What are some metaphorical “walls & gates” in our lives and community that are “broken down” or have been “destroyed by fire”? What impact does this have on the people involved?

  4. Read Neh. 1:4-11. What can we learn from Nehemiah’s first response to the bad news? What were his first actions & reactions?

  5. What do we see in the pattern of Nehemiah’s prayer? How can we use this pattern of prayer in our own lives?

  6. Read Neh. 2:1-3. What can we learn from Nehemiah’s character about the way he conducted himself before the king

  7. Read Neh. 2:4-8. In what ways did God reward Nehemiah for his patience and position as cupbearer? In what ways can God use you in the position He currently has you in?


In the opening chapters of the book of Nehemiah, we see the beginnings of restoration and revival in Jerusalem. God worked through Nehemiah and his position to accomplish promises He made generations earlier. Ask God to use you in your present position to become a faithful “rebuilder of walls.”


“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy…”
Nehemiah 1:11
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