Discussion-based Lessons

Discussion-based lessons have groups talking and changing. We are changed more by what we say than what we hear. "Instead SPEAKING the truth (not just hearing the truth) we will grow." Ephesians 4.15 https://www.youtube.com/embed/lduldVUA8-4

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Leaders offer a solution

To cast a convincing vision, you have to define the problem that your vision addresses. For Nehemiah the problem was obvious. Jerusalem was in ruins! That was a problem for the Jewish people. But it wasn’t until he drew their attention to it and put forth a plan of...

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The power of hospitality

Consider the genius of God’s plan. The first generation of Christians was a tinderbox of contrasting cultures and backgrounds. At least fifteen different nationalities heard Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost. Jews stood next to Gentiles. Men worshipped with...

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Lucado on Hospitality

Long before the church had pulpits and baptisteries, she had kitchens and dinner tables. “The believers met together in the Temple every day. They ate together in their homes, happy to share their food with joyful hearts” (Acts 2:46 NCV). “Every day in the Temple and...

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Open your table

Issue a genuine invitation. Let your guests know you want them to come. Call them on the phone, or step over to their desks at work. Are they neighbors? Knock on their doors and say, “We’d love for you to join us at our dinner table tonight. Please come.” People...

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Bless your world

Remember, I want you to bless at least one member of your church and one person who is not a Christian. This means the blessing ricochets around your church, as members are affirming, gifting, and performing acts of kindness for each other. It also means church...

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Cast the vision convincingly

The second imperative to making vision stick is to cast it convincingly. Once you have your vision in a form that makes it easy to communicate, you must communicate it in a way that moves people to action. In this section I’m going to give you a simple formula that...

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Leadership: define the problem

 To cast a convincing vision, you have to define the problem that your vision addresses. For Nehemiah the problem was obvious. Jerusalem was in ruins! That was a problem for the Jewish people. But it wasn’t until he drew their attention to it and put forth a plan of...

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A Leader Is Available to Meet the Need Himself

A Leader Is Available to Meet the Need Himself. "Make me successful. Grant me compassion in his eyes." Nehemiah recognized the need clearly. He got involved in it. He took it to God. Now he was available to meet the need, if that was what God desired. A genuine leader...

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 A Serious Leader Goes First to God with the Problem

A Serious Leader Goes First to God with the Problem. In verse 5 we hear Nehemiah say, "I beseech Thee, O Lord God of heaven." He prayed. What is your first response when a need comes to your attention? I can tell you what it is because it's usually my first response...

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Baby Christians

Nothing will keep a Christian more immature than trying to keep a list. In a church a woman was knitting, waiting for the service to start. She had been there forty-five minutes. Some other dear woman said, “Oh, honey, we don’t do that in the house of God.” Well, what...

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A Leader Is Personally Concerned with the Need

A Leader Is Personally Concerned with the Need. Nehemiah went a step beyond recognition of the problem. He not only heard these matters, but he also sat down and identified with them. Alan Redpath once wrote: Let us learn this lesson from Nehemiah: you never lighten...

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Imagine this kind of teaching!

IMAGINE is a great word in teaching, as Andy Stanley says… It is a moment of inspiration. It is the point in the message when you paint a verbal picture of what could be and should be. In this closing moment you call upon your audience to imagine what the church, the...

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Leader Has a Clear Recognition of the Needs

Leader Has a Clear Recognition of the Needs. The beginning of verse 4 reads, "It came about when I heard these words." Nehemiah was not preoccupied; he did not live in a dreamworld, opposed to reality. He asked, "What's the condition?" They replied, "It's a miserable...

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This is legalism! (You won’t believe it!)

I heard about a fellow who attended a legalistic college where students were to live according to very strict rules. They weren’t supposed to do any work on Sundays. None! Guess what? He spied on his wife and caught her hanging out a few articles of clothing she...

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Learning leadership from Nehemiah

As far as leadership traits are concerned, Nehemiah was not that different from outstanding people whose names are far more familiar to us. Our nations twenty-sixth president, for example, was a hard-charging leader. Throughout his days in office Theodore Roosevelt...

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Nehemiah: everything you need to know about leadership

However, there is one book, written about 425 B.C., that looms as a classic work on effective leadership; yet it is strangely obscure and virtually unknown to people of today. It was written by a man who was prominent in business and politics in the ancient Middle...

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The church’s most serious problem

One of the most serious problems facing the orthodox Christian church today is the problem of legalism. One of the most serious problems facing the church in Paul’s day was the problem of legalism. In every day it is the same. Legalism wrenches the joy of the Lord...

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What is a leader?

What do we mean when we use the word leadership? If I were asked to define it in one single word, the word would be "influence." You lead someone to the measure you influence him. The late President Harry Truman often referred to leaders as people who can get others...

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Our leadership crisis

GLANCE THROUGH TODAY'S NEWSPAPER and chances are good you will find another story of leadership breakdown. We no sooner had put Watergate to bed and finished wading through the Washington sex scandals than we were standing face to face with yet another delicate...

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Swindoll on legalism

In contrast to yesterday’s thoughts on liberty, what does it mean to say that legalism puts people under bondage? Legalism is an attitude, a mentality based on pride. It is an obsessive conformity to an artificial standard for the purpose of exalting oneself. A...

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Life and Death

The eighth and last characteristic of the radical disciple which I have chosen is death. Let me explain. Christianity offers life—eternal life, life to the full. But it makes it plain that the road to life is death. It underlines this in at least six areas, as I will...

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What kills spiritual growth?

Comparison kills spiritual growth. A mother with three preschool-age children hears her pastor talk about loving God so much that he is up very early every morning to spend an hour of quiet with him. She would love an hour of quiet at any time, but her children simply...

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