ORDINARY WORLD CHANGERS
The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: 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 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. Nehemiah 1:1-4
1.) _________ DOWN TO ____________.
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. Nehemiah 1:4
WHAT BREAKS YOUR HEART?
2.) _________ DOWN TO ____________..
…For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Nehemiah 1:4
3.) _________ UP TO ____________..
…I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” 4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it.” Nehemiah 2:3-5
Ordinary World Changers – Week 1
Who is someone you feel is a great example of a world-changer?
What is it about this person that inspires you?
With your Bible or YouVersion, read Nehemiah 1:1-11.
In this passage, Nehemiah is heartbroken by the fact that the wall and gates of Jerusalem were destroyed.
• What breaks your heart and stirs righteous anger within you?
• How has your burden impacted you emotionally and spiritually?
• In what ways have you seen God use you and those around you to impact others in a positive way?
• What keeps you from taking action on your burden? What do you need to do to remove these barriers?
Read Nehemiah 2:1-10.
Nehemiah decides to act on his burden by committing to rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
• What challenges are you facing that you need to take to God in prayer in the way Nehemiah did with his burden?
• How is God stirring you to take action on your burden? What’s your next step?
• Who are some people you’ll need with you to change the world?
• What impact on others do you think you could make if you decided to address your burden and take action?
Nehemiah is the perfect example of how an ordinary person changed his world by doing something extraordinary—rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in just 52 days. During this series, read through the Book of Nehemiah and learn directly
from the Bible how you can become a world changer.
This week read Nehemiah Chapters 1, 2, and 3 and allow God to speak to you as you read.
Ask God to break your heart for what breaks His heart.
Tell God what is keeping you from taking action on your burden. Ask Him to remove these barriers.
Ask God to show you the steps you need to take in addressing your burden.
Ask God to help guide you as you take your next steps towards doing something to change the world.
Ask God to send the right people into your life
that will help you address your burden.