I have been a part of a men's Bible study and we have been walking through the book of Nehemiah. Just a few things to note from just the first few chapters.
1. Nehemiah was a man of prayer. Nehemiah too the opportunity to pray for success. It wasn't success to gain more wealth, health, or prosperity. It was a prayer for success for the task God has given him. What a great reminder for us as group leaders! Are you praying for success in your groups? Not even for a bigger room but rather for a bigger impact to be made for the kingdom of the Lord.
2. Nehemiah was a man of courage.
When the opposing forces rose up Nehemiah didn't cower but rather stood strong. There were the forces of the past, present, and future. There were the forces attacking internally and externally. All things were standing against the success of Nehemiah and yet he had a clear vision to do the work of the Lord. Great question again for group leaders: when forces rise up against your group how are you responding. Do you cower to the forces against you? Or do you rise up to opposition to be leaders for the kingdom of God?
3. Nehemiah was a man of vision.
What helped Nehemiah finish a wall in 52 days? What helped Nehemiah to complete the task even with opposition? He was a man of vision. He saw the urgency needed. He communicated the needs. He helped to implement the plan. He truly was a man following God's leadership. Group leaders what is your vision for your group? I had a group one time say that they wanted to knock a wall out so they could get larger. Awesome vision. Praise the Lord. This is what it takes to be a leader. Have a vision for the future and desire to see it accomplished. Not in our own power but with God leading the way.
Have a great week in your groups!