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A Faith That Works (Nehemiah 2:9-20) - 6/29/22

Nehemiah 2:9–20


Intro

  • The balance of spiritual and practical leadership.

  • We can be a Godly person, but not good at the doing of things

  • We can be a practical hard worker and not be very spiritual

  • In these verses we some good practical leadership skills.

  • Nehemiah has a task to do, and he shows us how to get started.

  • He is a great example of having a faith that results in works.


Realize the situation at hand – vv. 9-11


The problem was rebuilding the wall

  • It was massive

  • It had been attempted before

  • There is intense opposition

It was big task, yet (remember) Nehemiah was a man of deep faith.


Develop a strategy to succeed – vv. 12-16


He went out on his own to see that city.

  • “PRAYER PLANNING”

We have great ideas, but how is our follow through????

  • Take the time necessary to think it through

  • Pray it out… write it out

  • Life is more than just an emotional decision, it takes planning

  • Ideas are easy… the strategy is where we get bogged down

  • Church life

  • Home life


Learn to involve others – vv. 17-18


Leadership is followship

  • Leadership is often about motivation

  • Leadership is not just telling…

  • I follow Jesus, others follow me, and etc.

The great commission… “make disciples”

  • Disciples making disciples

  • Christian people are people persons.

  • Introvert or extrovert… we are about people.

I often see young men that love Jesus and the Bible, but struggle with people.

  • A call to pastor is more than just teaching… it is a call the SHEPHERD people.


Expect opposition to come – v. 19


They jeered and despised them

  • Yet, it was not them but the Lord’s purpose and plan

  • The world is not opposed to us… they are opposed to God


Remember that it is ultimately a work of God – v. 20


“The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build…”

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