Something More – Part 3 – Stick with it
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, September 20, 2020
How do you keep making progress toward achieving your dream when it seems like the odds are insurmountable?
Life Group content for this week
SOMETHING MORE… – Week 3 – Stick with it
Follow God’s dreams in everyday life
THIS WEEK’S MAIN IDEA
Following God’s plans and dreams for our lives, His church, and our city can be hard to stick with over the long haul. The initial excitement doesn’t last long, and sometimes we can feel like there is no end in sight. What do we do? How do we stick with it? Nehemiah shows us four things we can do when we feel stuck in the middle and ready to give up.
Have everyone share a childhood dream they had for their life, what happened to that dream, and how they think about it now.
Or, if this is your first week meeting:
Take some time and catch up or get to know one another better. Have everyone share a high and a low from the summer months, and how they are adjusting this fall with Covid. Have everyone share one thing they hope to see or experience through Life Group this season.
1. “Are we there yet?”, the annoying question our kids ask on long trips, is also the anxious question we often ask of God. Have you ever set out to do something for God and then find out it was tougher and longer than you expected? Share your experience and how it shaped you.
2. Nehemiah had come to Jerusalem in response to a vision of the restored glory and reputation of God and God’s people through the rebuilding of the protective wall around the city. He had motivated the people to begin the project, and with some effort, they had reached the half-way point. That’s when things started to go sideways.
Read Nehemiah 4:6-14. In these verses, Nehemiah handled two challenges we face and showed us two ways we can keep going when we don’t see and end in sight:
- Push through setbacks – Nehemiah maintained a ‘make it happen’ attitude by trusting God in prayer, and setting up a guard for protection
- Overcome cynicism – urging those focused on the problems to remember who God is, and to be ready to fight for what’s most important
How do you deal with the setbacks you’ve faced in serving Jesus, and the temptation to join the ranks of the cynical when it comes to believing God’s dreams will be realize if we stick with it?
3. Read Nehemiah 5:1-19. This chapter highlights the second set of challenges Nehemiah faced:
Pull together – allowing the challenges we face to pull us toward each other, such as being consistent in our Life Group, rather than allowing them to push us apart
Be the example – rather than waiting for someone else to step up, or blaming others for not getting their act in gear, Nehemiah set the example for others to follow in commitment to God’s people and to God’s call to rebuild the walls.
Do you find these commitments come naturally or do you have to be intentional about them?
4. Can you share an example of when you persevered in one of these habits and eventually saw the benefit of doing so?
5. One of the ways we can be the example, besides our own commitment to be there for one another, is inviting others we know to join us in the journey. What does, or could, that look like for you?
What is God saying to you from His Word right now? What are you going to do about it?