Extreme Makeover The Renovation

The Renovation

If I were teaching a class for people who were considering going into the ministry, I would tell them that the work of the Lord one hast to make an extreme makeover. This lesson is just about that and that these individual’s half to do a personal reflection when considering the ministry. Therefore, this lesson has a two-fold meaning one for those considering ministry and two for the saints of the church to understand that we will always need the renovation that comes with the Lord’s help.

Personal Reflection and Application
1) Has there been a time in your life that you bargained with God? What did you say you would give to Him and did you?
2) If you were to ask God to renovate your “house,” are you willing to pay the price and be patient for the process?
3) Memorize 2 Corinthians 5:17 that says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Write it on a 3 x 5 card and post this where you see it often.

The Story of Your Life?
1) Have you ever remolded a room in your home? If so, explain the process. Were the results what you expected, and did it take the time you thought it would?

Digging Deeper in God’s Word
1) Our part is to stop bargaining with God and give Him the keys to our life. To inherit eternal life, what reason did the young man give Jesus that shows he is worthy (Mark 10:19-20)?
What could the man not give up for eternal life? What one thing did he lack? (Mark 10:21)
If the man gave up his material possessions (handed over everything to God), what would the Lord have given him? (Mark 10:21)
2) God is a God of renovation. What does the Bible say about making us new?
2 Corinthians 5:17; Joel 2:25-26; Galatians 6:15
3) In order to be a new creation in Christ, a person has to get rid of the bad things from their old nature. Likewise, when a person remodels their house, they have to get rid of the old things. The Lord told Judah that Israel had to fight the remaining Canaanites, since they did not destroy them the first time. How did the Israelites fail to comply with God’s commands? How can you apply each of these verses to your own life?
A) Judges 1:19; Judges 2:1-3; Judges 2:20-21; Judges 2:22-23, 3:4; Judges 3:1-2
4) When we allow God to lead our life, He brings us to a place of provision. Each of the people listed below experienced a journey initiated by the Word of God. Describe the journey and discuss how each of these accounts adds to your understanding of how God works in our lives when we let Him.
Elijah (1 Kings 17:1-7) Isaiah (2 Kings 20:1-11) Shemaiah (2 Chronicles 11:1-12) Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4-10) Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3:10-15)

ExtremeHome Makeover
There is unbelievable power released when God’s people pull together and galvanize themselves around a vision from God!

Nehemiah 2:17-18 says “Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.’ I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me.”

What do you think?
1) Tell about a time in your life when you were a part of working together with a team of people to accomplish a task that couldn’t have been done on your own. How was the experience?

Digging Deeper in God’s Word
Transformed Life
1) How did the following people of the Bible have their life transformed? What did that life transformation look like?
Samuel (1 Samuel 3) Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2) Daniel (Daniel 1:3-17) Jonah (Jonah 1:1-3; 2:1-3:5) Saul (Acts 9:1-22)
2) Who are some other examples of people in the Bible that had a life transformation because of a choice they made or something that God did in their heart? What did that life transformation look like?

Personal Reflection and Application
1) Commit to memory Ephesians 2:10 that says “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
2) With the help of others, what can you to do transform the life of another person? What holds you back from taking the first step and what will get you to take this first step?
3) What impacted you the most as you saw what God did through everyone in the church during the extreme makeover?
Where did you see the power of work in everybody through this story?
What area of your life do you need to move from a “me” to a “we” mentality? For example, in your marriage, relationship or in your church? What practical steps can you take to do that?

A Faith-Lift: 2 Corinthians 5
1) Think about a relationship with one of your closest friends. What are some of the things that make this a good relationship?
2) What change or difference did Jesus Christ make in your life when you invited Him into your heart as Lord and Savior?

Digging Deeper in God’s Word
1) What does 2 Corinthians 5:1-6 say about our present body and our eternal body in heaven?
Why do we make it our goal to please God while in this temporary body? (2 Cor 5:7-10)
Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. What does it mean that if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation? (2 Cor 5:17)
What does it mean that God reconciled us to Himself? How did He do that? (2 Cor 5:14-21)
2) A) It is a fact that our bodies are wasting away and the death rate is 100% for every human being. If a person asked you if you believe there is life after death and what you have to do to have eternal life, what would you tell them?

Here are some verses and points you can walk a person through
1) God’s Purpose is for Peace and Life: God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life-abundant and eternal. Romans 5:1; John 3:16; John 10:10
2) Our Problem is Separation: God created us in His own image to have an abundant life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Our choice to sin separates us from God. Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23
Our Attempts: Through the ages, individuals have tried in many ways to bridge this gap without success. Proverbs 14:12; Isaiah 59:2
3) God’s Remedy is the Cross: Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He died on the Cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and people. 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:8
4) Our Response is to receive Christ: We must trust Jesus Christ and receive Him by personal invitation. Revelation 3:20; John 1:12; Romans 10:9
5) God’s Assurance is His Word: If you prayed to receive Christ into your life, the Bible says that you are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer. Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8,9; 1 John 5:12-13
3) A) How does the Lord justify our sin and reconcile us to Himself? (Romans 5:9-11)
B) After we are justified and reconciled, there is a process of sanctification, which means to make holy or sacred, to be free from sin, or purify. What does Paul say in his prayer that shows this takes place if we allow Jesus to sanctify us? (Ephesians 3:14-21)

The Applause of Heaven

The Story of Your Life?
1) What have you done where you felt that the Lord was proud of what you did or said?

Digging Deeper in God’s Word
1) In the Parable of the Talents, the Master entrusts certain amount of money to individuals and rewards them accordingly. How much money did the master give each of his servants? (Matthew 25:14-15)
What did each of the men do with the money? (Matthew 25:16-18)
How did the Master respond? (Matthew 25:19-30)
A talent can be money, but it can also be an ability or gift that a person has. What does Jesus want us to do with our talents? How are you using your talents? How can you be investing your gift for double the return?
2) Jesus said he was going to destroy the existing temple and raise it again in three days. What do you think Jesus was talking about and why do you think Jesus was willing to pay the price? John 2:19-22
3) What will be waiting for us in heaven?
Matthew 5:12; Matt hew 6:20; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 4:1
 
1) Have you ever heard God say, well done good and faithful servant? Do you want him to say it? If so, make choices that would cause the Lord to applaud from heaven.
2) Make your life matter. Use what gifts and talents the Lord has given you.
3) Memorize John 13:34-35 that says, “A new command I give you” Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Write it on a 3 x 5 card and post this where you see it often.

Action Item
For loved ones or neighbors who do not know Christ and are resistant to going to Church, love gets their attention. For example, during the ExtremeMakeover, many neighbors believed church was a scam and were disheartened by the things they hear that goes on at churches from the media. However, their hearts and thoughts changed after they saw CRB working on a home. Showing the love of Christ cuts through barriers. For a total of six weeks, once a week, CRB is sending out a mailer about the church to every house within a 5 mile radius. Show love to your neighbors and invite them to church. The mailer helps them know about church, but they most likely will come because they know and trust you. Heaven will be cheering for you. 

The Story of Your Life?
1) Can you think of a time when something you believed created strong opposition? Strong beliefs cause us to take a stand.
2) Has your belief in God ever created tension in a relationship? If so, how do you handle the opposition?

Digging Deeper in God’s Word

1) Who was Nehemiah? (Nehemiah 1:1; 2:1-5, 8, 10-12)
Here’s what happened so far in Nehemiah 1-3. Israel was living in captivity from the Babylonians when Nehemiah heard that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and its gates had been burned with fire. This lack of a city wall meant that the people were defenseless against their enemies. In today’s study we find that Nehemiah rallied the people to rebuild the walls of Jersulaem, which represents their heritage security in the nation of Israel. To accomplish this task, Nehemiah divided up the wall and gave families charge of sections of the wall. They labored side by side to accomplish this task that they may have initially felt was insurmountable. The people had been hard at work when we enter the time of opposition to the rebuilding in Nehemiah chapter 4.
What was Nehemiah’s Call? (Neh 2:4-5, 12)
Who was Sanballat? (Neh 2:10, 19)
2) What was Sanballat and Tobiah’s response when they heard that the wall was being rebuilt? (Nehemiah 4:1-3)
How did Nehemiah respond? (Nehemiah 4:4-6)
How did Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod respond to Nehemiah and the people? (Nehemiah 4:7-8)
What is the response of the people of Judah and the Jews? (Nehemiah 4:9-10, 12)
After all the Opposition to the Rebuilding of the Wall, what was the plan of attack? (Nehemiah 4:13-23)
As Christians we daily fight a battle. Who is the enemy and what are some of our weapons that we fight with?
3) In the Bible, there were men who had a mission from God and faced opposition. What was their mission and who opposed them?

Men Called By God Mission Opposition Against
1) Noah Genesis 6:5-22
2) Moses Acts 7:33-38 Acts 7:39-44
3) Joseph Genesis 37:3-11, 26-36 Genesis 37:18-28

Personal Reflection and Application
1) If you could do anything for God, what would you do? Take some time to pray and write down a one sentence Mission Statement.
2) Think through any opposition you may face trying to accomplish your Mission Statement and decide how you will handle it.
3) Ask the Lord to bring you some understanding about a person who has hurt you (hurt people hurt people). Ask the Lord to help you forgive.

Occupational Hazards – Nehemiah 5-6

The Story of Your Life?
1) Describe a time in your life when you did the right thing when nobody was looking. Did your integrity reap any good benefits?
2) Is there a person in your life who has a great deal of integrity? If so, what have you learned from them?

Digging Deeper in God’s Word

Nehemiah Helps the Poor
1) What was the great outcry of the people during the time that they were rebuilding the wall? (Nehemiah 5:1-5)
What was Nehemiah’s reaction? (Neh 5:6-7)
What did Nehemiah do and in response to their outcry, what did he tell the people to do? (Neh 5:7-11)
What was the reaction of the people and did they keep their word? (Neh 5:12-19).

Further Opposition to the Rebuilding
2) What did Sanballat and Geshem the Arab do when they heard Nehemiah had rebuilt the wall and how did Nehemiah respond? (Nehemiah 6:1-9)
What did Shemaiah suggest Nehemiah do and what did Nehemiah actually do? (Nehemiah 6:10-14)
How long did the wall take to complete and how did Nehemiah’s enemies take the news? (Nehemiah 6:15-16)
3) Nehemiah had wisdom that Sanballat and Geshem were scheming to harm him (Neh 6:2). In Matthew 2:1-13, King Herod requested the Magi to find the child that had been born, the King of the Jews, and report to him where he is, so that King Herod could go worship him. Was this the real intention of King Herod and what did the Magi do?

Personal Reflection and Application
1) Integrity is the courage to meet the demands of reality. Ask the Lord to help you choose to do the right thing when nobody’s looking. Ask the Lord to help you this week to do the right thing when somebody’s pushing.
2) Jesus is an example of a man of integrity (Mark 12:13-14). How can you be more like Jesus in this area of your life?
3) Is there something you have worked on for God for 52 days? Is there something that the Lord wants you to focus on for the next 52 days?

Corporate Makeover- Nehemiah 7-8

What do you think?
1) Why do you think God chooses to use people to accomplish things here on earth?
2) Why is it sometimes easier to handle hardship than success?

The Story of Your Life?
1) In your life, has there been something that the Lord asked you to accomplish? If so, describe it and tell where you are in the process.
2) Describe a time in your life when you accomplished your dream and overwhelmingly succeeded. Tell about how you felt afterwards.

Digging Deeper in God’s Word

Nehemiah’s Next Mission after Completing the Wall
1) After the wall had been rebuilt, what did Nehemiah do? (Nehemiah 7:1-2)
Why did he appoint Hananiah, the commander of the citadel, along with his brother? (Nehemiah 7:2)
After the completion of the wall, what instructions did Nehemiah give to the new men in charge? (Nehemiah 7:3) What was the next mission that Nehemiah took on? (Nehemiah 7:4-5, 73)
After the people had settled in their towns, what did they do? (Nehemiah 8:1-12; 9:1-3)

Celebrating and Dedicating the Wall of Jerusalem
2)What happened at the dedication of the Wall of Jerusalem? (Nehemiah 12:27-30; 40; 43-47)
When the wall was completed, the enemies were afraid and lost their self-confidence (Nehemiah 6:15-16), because they realized that this work had been done with the help of God. What other people in the Bible accomplished things because of God’s help or deliverance?
For Nehemiah’s work here on earth, what did he ask the Lord? (Nehemiah 1:11; 5:19; 13:14, 22, 31)
3) Nehemiah was humble, prayed to the Lord, and did not let his position cause him to forget who got him there. On the other hand, King Nebuchadnezzar was prideful instead of making God proud. Read Daniel’s interpretation of the Dream in Daniel 4:19-27. How was the dream fulfilled for King Nebuchadnezzar and did he ever turn back to God? (Daniel 4:28-37)

Personal Reflection and Application
1) Take some time to write down how God got you to where you are today. (for example your job, place you live, certain relationships, etc.)
2) Thank God for all that He has helped you accomplish for Him and His kingdom.
3) Ask the Lord to help you have a humble heart.