This Bible study is based on Nehemiah 2-4.
It makes the following key points:
- Nehemiah gets permission and assistance from the king, who is not a believer. This highlights the importance of working with secular authorities and the potential to access additional resources (2:4-9).
- Nehemiah makes an assessment of damage to the walls, so the project is based on a clear understanding of the problem. Good assessment data is needed before a church and the community embark on a disaster response project (2:11-16).
- Nehemiah illustrates well an orderly approach to reconstruction, as each step is laid out with plans and reviewed regularly (2:11-18). From the start, he experienced opposition, and people mocked and ridiculed him for what he was trying to do (2:19- 20). He developed ways of countering and resisting this, depending on God.