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