1) Read together (Ezra 1:1-3, Neh. 1:3-4) Discuss God's plan for Israel. What was God doing in the hearts of individuals to bring about His purposes? (Ezra, Nehemiah, King Cyrus) etc.. Remember God always has a plan for His people. The small nudge that God has placed in your heart is no mistake. Be obedient!
2) Read together ( Ezra 7:9-10, Neh. 2:4-5) Name a few of the things that Ezra and Nehemiah were passionate about? These passions were God driven! What are you passionate about? When we quote this scripture Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul mind and strength, your Heart for something , your passion and zeal is a desire God wants to use , to bring Him Glory. Ezra and Nehemiah acted on their passion and talents to do great things! Ultimately God was exalted! May we strive to do the same.
3) Read together ( John 3:16, Romans 5:8) God is passionate toward us! In what ways do these verses make this clear? How has Jesus' love impacted you? In what ways will you share this love with others?
Lord, with your help I will use the Godly desires you have placed on my heart to bring you Glory! Help me to work along side my CHC family to accomplish your plans and purposes for your church. May you make my desires your desires. May I truly love you with all my heart ,soul, mind ,and strength.