Sunday, March 27, 2022

Devote Yourselves to Prayer - Jon Beary

Col 4:2 "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving"

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Help for Weary and Vulnerable Saints - Nathan Rages

In 4:7-23, Nehemiah confronts his toughest crisis yet when the Jews' enemies conspire to attack and kill the wall-builders, who have become weary and discouraged.  By God's grace, Nehemiah crafts a 5-part solution to overcome the challenges, all of which can be applied to ourselves.  

The Problem: Threatened attacks and extreme exhaustion.
The Solution:
1. Prayer
2. Watchfulness
3. Encouragement
4. Balance
5. Assistance

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Resisting Ridicule - Nathan Rages

As Nehemiah oversaw the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall, he had to overcome various hindrances, the first of which was ridicule (Neh. 2:19-20, 4:1-6).

The Problem of Ridicule: 
a. Toward the wall-builders
b. Toward the Lord Jesus
c. Toward us today 
Ways to Respond Righteously to Ridicule:
a. Declaring absolute confidence in God.
b. Praying for vindication.
c. Persevering in the work.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Lessons (About Serving Christ) from a Lengthy List of Long ago Laborers ...

Nehemiah chapter 3 is just a long listing of the people responsible for working on different sections of the Jerusalem wall.  Yet even this unusual passage contains many helpful lessons for believers as we serve the Lord today: 
1. Your service is holy.  
2. Your fellow-servers are diverse.
3. You usually serve best near home.
4. You need personal accountability. 
5. Your zeal is inspiring to others. 
6. Your service is remembered forever.