Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 15: The Difference Between God and Us. (Nehemiah 9:1-37)

April 14, 2024 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • Reflect for a moment honestly, what is your default view of who God is? What do you tend to think His character must be like? How does this chapter totally upend that understanding?!
  • Why do we struggle with the idea of corporate repentance? How could corporate repentance be a help to our church?
  • If you were to turn your own history into a prayer what would it sound like?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 13: Endurance and Working for God. (Nehemiah 6:1-19)

March 10, 2024 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS PART 1:

  • Where has God called you to work for His glory?
  • What are your ministries?
  • Where do you see brokenness that God is leading you to bring healing?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS PART 2:

  • What distractions keep you from doing the work God has called you to?
  • What means of grace has God used to strengthen your hands for the work?
  • What fears keep you from continuing the work God has called you to?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 12: God’s Heart for Justice (Nehemiah 5:1-19)

March 3, 2024 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What outcries of injustice exist in our society? What outcries might you struggle to hear because of your background or biases?
  • Where has injustice within the church led to damaging our public witness?
  • What tangible things is the Spirit calling you to do to work for justice in our world?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 11: No One Said It Would Be Easy (Nehemiah 4:1-23)

February 18, 2024 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What feels heavy in your life right now? How might that heaviness be understood as opposition against God’s mission for your life?
  • Are you more tempted to rely on self and forget to pray or are you tempted to quit and forget to work? How does Nehemiah’s example of praying and working encourage you specifically? 
  • As you read verse 14, what do you feel most convicted of needing to fight for: Brothers/Sisters in Christ, your children and the next generation, your marriage, or your church? How does remembering God’s greatness and awesomeness fuel that fight?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 10: Rebuilding Together (Nehemiah 3:1-32)

February 11, 2024 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What section of the wall in our church has God called you to rebuild (where are you called to serve)? What section of the wall in society has God call you to rebuild (where are you showing God’s glory outside of church)?
  • Which aspect of this passage stood out to you the most regarding your own service? What was encouraging, what was convicting? 
  • What next steps is God calling you to take personally in response to this passage?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 9: Characteristics of Godly Leadership (Nehemiah 2:1-20)

February 4, 2024 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • What does brokenness look like in our city? What burdens for healing has God put on your heart? How are you called to lead in those spheres?
  • What is the world’s picture of a leader? How does this passage today contradict that picture? 
  • Which characteristic discussed today are you most convicted to grow in?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 8: Who Do You Run To? (Nehemiah 1:1-11)

January 28, 2024 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • When are you most aware of the fact that you are living in exile? How does this passage draw you closer to God?
  • Which aspects of Nehemiah’s prayer (Vv. 5-11) did you resonate with the most? Why? 
  • What burdens (like Nehemiah’s concern for Jerusalem) has God put on your heart? How has He positioned you to be part of the answer to that prayer?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 7: A Faithless People, A Faithful God (Ezra 9:1-10:44)

November 12, 2023 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • It is extremely rare to experience lament over sin and repentance as intense as Ezra’s. Why is that? What does that say about Ezra’s view of sin compared with ours? How can we cultivate a heart like Ezra’s (answer practically/realistically)? 
  • Why is genuine repentance so difficult? How can you tell if your repentance is genuine or contrived/surface level?

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Ezra-Nehemiah, Part 6: Rebuilding God’s People. (Ezra 7:1-8:36)

November 5, 2023 | Kolburt Schultz

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
Why is Ezra’s order of first study of the Bible, then personal action, and lastly teaching others important? What happens if we mix up that order? How are you doing with those 3 steps?
Where have you seen God’s good hand on you (Red Sea Moments)? How do those moments produce courage to act and a posture of worship?

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