Nehemiah: Rebuilding A Community. The Big “So What?”

September 4th, 2017

Nehemiah: Rebuilding A Community
The Big “So What?”

Nehemiah Recap

Prayerful & Thankful

  • Throughout Nehemiah there is a focus on prayer

    • Direction (1:4, 11)
    • Wisdom (2:4; 5:7)
    • Protection (4:9)
    • Remembrance (5:19; 6:14; 13:14, 22b, 29, 31b)
    • Praise (9:5b; 11:17; 12:8, 24, 27, 31, 38, 40, 46)

 

Centered in the Word

  • The Israelites under Nehemiah were continually returning to God’s word for instruction (8:1-3, 7-9, 13-14, 18; 9:3; 10:28, 34, 36; 12:44; 13:3)
  • Their response was immediate obedience (5:12; 9:38; 13:3)
    • Even sacrificially (5:14-18; 10:32)
  • Thus their work and lives were constantly being informed by God’s truth
    • Not mere human opinion

 

Need Driven

  • Nehemiah and the people saw needs and desired to be a part of meeting them
  • God gave one person a vision that was cast and shared with the faith community
  • The end result was to turn the whole community to God in worship (12:43)

 

Partnered with the Community

  • Everyone got involved

    • Not divided by background, age, or geography (3:22; 12:28)
  • Did not differentiate between secular & sacred
    • The wall was as integral as the Temple
  • Awareness of temptation to compromise
    • Not conformity

      • Sabbath-keeping, intermarriage, etc.
    • Set apart, but not live apart

 

The Big ‘So What?’

  • Questions this raises for us
  • Are we being prayerful?
    • Both individually and corporately
    • How can we make pray and thanksgiving more central to who we are as a church?
  • Are we staying centered in the Word?
    • Are we testing everything against Scripture?
    • Are we going deeper together?
  • Are we looking to meet needs in our community?
    • It shows Christ-like love, and thus fulfills the Great Commandment (Luke 10:27)
    • It gives us the right to be heard by our neighbors
      • Thus helping us fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20)
      • “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” –Teddy Roosevelt
    • Are we partnering with our community?
      • Collaborating where we can
      • While not compromising who we are called to be

 

Meditation Verse: Matthew 5:16

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