SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Apathy
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Nehemiah 2:1-9

MESSAGE SUMMARY
The Oxford Dictionary defines apathy as “lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.” It’s the state of being indifferent to something that should otherwise arouse, provoke, or motivate you. It has been noted that cooling down a fanatic is easier than warming up a corpse. When a person ceases to care, that person ceases to attempt change. Though Nehemiah had it made in terms of his earthly status, the condition in his homeland wouldn’t let him stay silent and inactive. Let’s explore the five steps he took to overcome the giant of apathy.

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: August 29, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Apathy”
Text: Nehemiah 2:1-9

Main Point
The Oxford Dictionary defines apathy as “lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.” It’s the state of being indifferent to something that should otherwise arouse, provoke, or motivate you. It has been noted that cooling down a fanatic is easier than warming up a corpse. When a person ceases to care, that person ceases to attempt change. Though Nehemiah had it made in terms of his earthly status, the condition in his homeland wouldn’t let him stay silent and inactive. Let’s explore the five steps he took to overcome the giant of apathy.

“So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said: ‘I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments, please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father’s house and I have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.’” —Nehemiah 1:4-7

Talk about It

  1. Share one of the biggest asks or requests you’ve ever made of someone who had the resources or power to grant that request. What was the outcome?
  2. Discuss what battling apathy has looked like for you. Have you been battling apathy, indifference, or spiritual lethargy? What are you going to about it?
  3. Who do you know who could use a push of encouragement to get active and come alongside you in serving the Lord and others? Why?
“When you see yourself as part of the problem, you are more apt to be part of the solution.” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Pray
Lord, whatever it takes, increase our distress for perishing unbelievers, the persecuted church, and destitute poor. Strengthen our resolve to do what we can to bring them deliverance and relief through the whole gospel of Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Cross references: Nehemiah 1:1-7; Psalm 137:5-6; Isaiah 6:1; Amos 6:1; Micah 5:2; Haggai 1:2; Matthew 5:13; 9:35-38; 25:1-13; Acts 4:24-31; 9:6; 22:10; Romans 12:1; 13:11; James 5:16; Revelation 2:4

OUTLINE


  1. Information: Gather the Facts (vv. 1-3)

  2. Reaction: Let the Facts Stir You (v. 3)

  3. Intercession: Turn Your Passion into Prayer (v. 4)

  4. Action: Do Something! (vv. 5-8)

  5. Collaboration: Allow the Help of Others (v. 9)

Keywords: action, apathy, collaboration, complacency, fellowship, indifference, mourning, needs, passion, prayer, problems


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