Talks for Growing Christians
Standard Operating Procedure
Lesson Number 5
- God’s SOP is to achieve through many, the vision He gives to a few.
- It’s a disgrace for the believer not to have strong walls.
- Sometimes it takes a new voice to open up your eyes.
- Your own Christian testimony can challenge and motivate others.
- How did Nehemiah use his place of power in the palace for the glory of God?
- Read 2 Chronicles 36:15-21. Who were the Chaldeans? Locate their empire on a Bible map.
- Name 3 reasons from 2 Chronicles 36 for the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile.
- What does SOP stand for, and what does it mean in this lesson?
- Review Paul’s Macedonian call, an example of SOP. See Acts 16.9-10.
- Review Nehemiah’s testimony before the people. Did he abuse his authority? Did he shout at the people to get them going? What did he do and say?
- He requested that the king allow him to return to Judah to rebuild the ruined walls of Jerusalem. The king appointed him governor of Judah.
- The Chaldeans is another name for the Babylonians .
- They mocked God’s messengers, despised God’s words, and did not observe the land’s Sabbath rests.
- SOP stands for Standard Operating Procedure, which is to achieve through many the vision that God has given to a few.
- Paul’s ministry to carry out the great commission took him from Asia to Europe, where he established churches throughout the Roman Empire. He led others to help in this work.
- Nehemiah did not abuse his authority, nor shout at the people. His testimony aroused the people. He linked himself with them, challenging, and motivating them with encouraging words.
- Do you know someone who has been given a vision and acted on it? Have you helped someone carry out their vision? Have you ever been given a vision to start something for God?
- Read Jude 3. Can you defend your faith? Do you know how to lead someone to Christ? Have you led someone to Christ?
- Sometimes it takes a new voice to open our eyes. Have you heard a new voice lately that has challenged you to have greater concern for the kingdom of God?
- List some areas of desensitization in your life. (Have you become used to something that would have shocked you a few years ago?)
- “Come, let us rebuild the wall.” Nehemiah 2:17