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The Raising of Lazarus
John 11:1-44


After declaring, “I am the resurrection and the life,” Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Four days earlier when Jesus was told that Lazarus was sick, He did not hurry off immediately to see him. Instead, He waited two days before travelling to Bethany – the home town of Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary. The story of Lazarus reveals to us about our Lord’s timing, His power and His invitation for us to be involved in the work that He is doing today.

l. The timing of Jesus
“…he stayed where he was two more days.” (v. 6)

ll. The power of Jesus
“Lazarus, come out!” (v. 43)

lll. The invitation of Jesus
“Take away the stone” (v. 39)
“Take off the grave clothes and let him go” (v. 44)


Sermon Based Discussion Questions
1. Facing crisis
Is there anything that should frighten us when we encounter crisis with Jesus? Why do we get frightened, in practice, at such time?

2. What God has done
Is there anything in your life situation which is impossible with God? What has he done so Far? Can he do more than that?

3. God’s timing
What is the application to our life situations of the fact that Jesus waited until Lazarus was dead before going to him? Have we ever felt that God was delaying an answer to our prayer? Does he always answer our prayers as we request? Which is better – our will or his will? What was better in the case of Lazarus – healing him or raising him? What was better for the kingdom of God? Give reasons.

4. Jesus’ pastoral example
Are you surprised that Jesus wept? What does it teach us about Jesus? Do we weep with others? How do we do this?

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The Man for the Hour
Nehemiah 1:1-11

1. In the introduction the speaker talks about Jack Sim, the Singaporean who has a concern for the poor without proper toilets. This leads him to found World Toilet Organization (WTO) and as a result of this he is improving the lives of millions of people. The speaker also asks this question: “Why does Jack Sim care for people without toilets while many Singaporeans do not have this concern?” Discuss your answers. What do you discover about yourself?

2. The speaker gives the background of Nehemiah who is living in Persia (today’s Iran) which is the home for 2 to 3 million exiled Jews. Although the remnant Jews have returned many years ago (over a span of 13 to 92 years) and Jerusalem is 1,600 km away, why do you think Nehemiah has so much concern for the people and place respectively? What makes Nehemiah so different from the many other exiled Jews?

3. The speaker discusses what goes into the making of the Man for the Hour. He mentions 10 characteristics from the life of Nehemiah. Pick any three from this list below and share what impact you the most and why/how.
A. He asks question about people and place (1:1-2).
B. He listens attentively to the answer (1:3).
C. He feels emotionally about the problem (1:4a).
D. He waits in silence before God (1:4b).
E. He holds a high view of God (1:5).
F. He humbles himself by depending on prayer (1:6a).
G. He admits to sinning against God (1:6b-7).
H. He remembers the warnings and promises in the Scriptures (1:8-10).
I. He implores God for success and favour (1:11a).
J. He uses his right position at the right place at the right period before the right person (1:11b).

4. We crave for success but we use different approaches to attain them. The speaker gives these statistics for Chances of Success:

I think

0% I won’t 60% I might
10% I can’t 70% I can
20% I don’t know how 80% I can
30% I wish I could 90% I am
40% I want to 100% I DID
50% I think I might

Discuss how much success is due to human’s effort and how much is given by God. The speaker gives his viewpoint: “Success is God’s gift of empowerment on the Man for the Hour so that he works hard to bring blessing to people for God’s Glory. Seen in this way, success is therefore a collaboration between God and man.” Do you agree or disagree?

5. The speaker concludes: “Today there are many broken people in many places. God needs the Man for the Hour to take up the challenge to be his Leader to rebuild and restore.” He also asks, “What are you concerned about?” Share in what way can you tie the two together – How can God develop you to be the Man for the Hour so that you become the solution for what you are concerned about.

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