Taking Time to Give Thanks

Nehemiah 11
Nehemiah 12
Nehemiah 13

Nehemiah 11
Move out of your comfort zone.

Commit to holiness.
for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:16

Mobilize for ministry.
Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12

Adore God in worship.
Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the
nations what he has done.
1 Chronicles 16:8

Nehemiah 12

The Purpose of Worship.

The Joy of Worship.

The Response of Worship.

Nehemiah 13
Vow #1: Submission to God’s Word
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:33

Vow #2: Separation From the World
Vow #3: Support For God’s Work
Vow #3: Sabbath for God’s People

As we wrap up our series on Nehemiah, I want to give you my top ten lessons from this very practical book.
1.  It’s never too late to do what’s right.
2.  Don’t play around with sin.
3.  Remember who God is.
4.  Cultivate a lifestyle of praise and prayer.
5.  Move out of your comfort zone.
6.  Don’t let difficulties derail you.
7.  Seek to resolve relational ruptures.
8.  Say “yes” to God’s priorities and “no” to the devil’s distractions.
9.  Believe the promises of God and act upon them.
10.  Allow God to use you.

Putting First Things First / Making Investments That Last

A Time to Build: God / The Vows
Nehemiah 9 & 10

Nehemiah 9
Nehemiah 10

Nehemiah 9
The Greatness of God

You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.
Leviticus 20:26

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1

The Goodness of God

The Grace of God

Nehemiah 10

Vow #1: Submission to God’s Word
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
John 17:17

Vow #2: Separation From the World
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
2 Corinthians 6:14

Vow #3: Sabbath for God’s People
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Exodus 20:11

Vow #4: Support For God’s Work
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

Steps To Spiritual Renewal / Rebuilding Through God’s Word

Nehemiah 7, 8

Nehemiah 7: The triumphant completion of the wall

Nehemiah 8: Spiritual Renewal of Nation and People

The reading of God’s Law by Ezra: A lesson on the dire need to study God’s Word.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ezra 7:10

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.
Jeremiah 15:16   

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
Psalm 19:8

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:16

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.
Isaiah 44:22

Hunger for God’s Word

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
Psalm 19:8

A Time to Build: How to Handle Strife/Distractions

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 5, 6

Complaints Nehemiah Heard

Steps Nehemiah Took

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Psalm 133:1

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105
    
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:30-31

Dealing with Distractions: Nehemiah 6

A Time to Build: Dealing with Discouragement

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 4

External Causes of Discouragement:

Internal Causes of Discouragement:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Hebrews 12:1

The Cures for Discouragement:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

A Time to Build: Working Well with Others

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 3

The workers on the north wall and its gates: some laborers worked together in a spirit of unity, but others refused to work.

so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.
Philippians 1:27

The workers on the west wall: Some humbled themselves and took on the undesirable jobs.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
Romans 12:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:3-5

The workers on the east wall: Some were hard and diligent workers filled with zeal.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Colossians 3:17,23

A Time to Build: How to Tackle a Tough Job

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 2:1-10

Tools in Nehemiah’s Toolbox:

Waiting:
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Hebrews 6:12

Trusting:
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2

Praying:

pray continually
1 Thessalonians 5:17

Planning:

Testifying:

The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Psalm 127:1

A Time to Build: Knowing How to Pray

Sermon scripture: Nehemiah 1:1-11

Nehemiah’s distress at hearing the news from Jerusalem:

Nehemiah’s prayer:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

His acknowledgement of God:

His confession of sin:
Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
Psalm 88:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
Psalm 51:1-4

His plea for God’s help:
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15

His position: Cupbearer to the king