The rebuilt walls of Jerusalem were complete but the real rebuilding now happens: a strong foundation of God’s Word.

Notes And Next Steps

Nehemiah 8:1-12 + Part 8 of the series “Nehemiah: Rise & Build"

“Video chats mean we need to work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, and body language; paying more attention to these consumes a lot of energy … our brains are operating on overload.”

This wasn’t a meeting on Zoom, it was a meeting in God’s Word.

“All the people lifted their hands and responded, ‘Amen! Amen’” (Nehemiah 8:6).

“From daybreak till noon … all the people listened attentively” (Nehemiah 8:3).

“Then all the people went away to … celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them” (Nehemiah 8:12).

Kids—Which is easier, attending school online or watching a video or movie?

“Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ The Levites calmed all the people, saying, ‘Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve’” (Nehemiah 8:10,11).

“Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to thy cross I cling.”

Community (vv. 1,2)
Understanding (v. 3)
Leadership (vv. 4,7,8)
Conviction (vv. 5,6,8)
Worship (v. 6)
Confession (v. 9)
Generosity (v. 10)
Joy (v. 10)
Strength (v. 10)
Peace (v. 11)



          1. Who is Ezra? What is the book of the Law of Moses?
          2. How long did Nehemiah’s building project take in Jerusalem?
            A. 7 days
            B. 52 days
            C. Three and a half months
            D. 40 years
            E. It isn’t finished yet
          3. This chapter of the Bible was instrumental in our design of CrossTalk. Why?
          4. How to R-E-A-D the Bible. And an invitation to a new adventure in God’s story.