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Key Thought:

You can make a difference right where you are.

Key Quote

“Your situation can improve faster than you think, simply be diligent.” - Pastor Marcus Brendling

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is your favorite Bible story?
  • What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Go around the group and share your story (testimony) and how God got you to where you are today.
  • Has any part of your past put a burden on your heart to help others that are in a similar place? Tell us about it.

Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • What dream has God put in your heart to do for Him? Why have you given up on believing He has that for you?
  • What would it look like to believe God and pursue that dream again? 

Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Jesus, please give me the confidence and courage to believe that I was made to make a difference. I love you Lord, amen.

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • Read the story of Nehemiah for yourself.
  • Are you serving at your campus? If not, ask someone in your Lifegroup to serve with you and do it together!


In late the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. In those days I was the king’s cup-bearer.  Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses.   Nehemiah 1:1-2:7 

“Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’ 10 “The people you rescued by your great power and strong hand are your servants. 11 O Lord, please hear my prayer! Listen to the prayers of those of us who delight in honoring you. Please grant me success today by making the king favorable to me. Put it into his heart to be kind to me.” Nehemiah 1:1-11

Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.” Then I was terrified, but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” The king asked, “Well, how can I help you?” With a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.”  Nehemiah 2:1-5

But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs, Ammonites, and Ashdodites heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious. They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.  Nehemiah 4:7-9 


The laborers carried on their work with one hand supporting their load and one hand holding a weapon.  Nehemiah 4:17

So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. 16 When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.  Nehemiah 6:15 

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