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Nehemiah 10:1-31

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Commitment Contract

Nehemiah 10:1-31

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Lesson Number 29

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Commitment is more than a long prayer of confession.
  2. There are focal points of commitment.

Practical Application

  1. How serious are you about commitment?

Questions

  1. What triggered the revival in Judah in Nehemiah’s day? What were the two emphases of the revival?
  2. On what two things did the great prayer focus?
  3. Which three groups of people signed the “Commitment Contract”?
  4. What about the rest of the people, who didn’t sign the Contract? Were they unwilling to commit?
  5. What is commitment, and what does it involve?
  6. List the three focal points of the Commitment Contract.

Answers

  1. The wall of Jerusalem had been rebuilt. Prayer, and hearing and obeying the word of God.
  2. Confession and worship
  3. The priests, the Levites, and the leaders
  4. The signers did so on behalf of all the people. They all were committed
  5. Commitment means obeying all of God’s law. It follows prayer and confession.
  6. Marriage, the Sabbath, and the House of God

Discuss/Consider

  1. Are the focal points of commitment of the Israelites the focal points of commitment in your life? Would you be willing to sign a Commitment Contract with God? Would you be willing to accept God’s judgment if you failed in your commitment?
  2. Think of a firm commitment you’ve made in the past. Did you keep it? If not, what drew you away?

Challenge

  1. Mark your appointment calendar for the next month, blocking out time with God each day. At the end of the month, take stock and see what God has accomplished in your life.

Key Verses

  • “You are a gracious and merciful God.” Nehemiah 9:31

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