• Share a humorous mistake you made growing up.
  • Read aloud Nehemiah 9, then discuss it. How much of the text is focused on God’s goodness and how much is focused on human rebellion? Why do you think there is such an imbalance?
  • In the sermon, what was meaningful to you? (vancouverchurch.org/sermons)
  • Reread Nehemiah 9:6-15, and note the many qualities of God that are declared.
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  • Reread Nehemiah 9:16-17a and note the many qualities of human rebellion.
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  • Nehemiah 9:17b says, “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” This is the most repeated statement about God’s character in the Old Testament. Why do you think this is so often mentioned? How have you experienced God in this way in your past? How have you experienced God in this way currently?
  • How do you need to encounter this grace, compassion, patience and love of God right now?
  • Who do you know, that doesn’t currently have a church home, who needs to hear about God’s love for them and your prayers for them? Will you write them a letter about God’s love for them? Or perhaps invite them to coffee, just to check up on them?
  • Pray for each other, but before you do sit quietly for a couple minutes, and listen to you thoughts. See if the Holy Spirit brings to mind specific perspectives, images or scriptures to pray for one another.