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NEHEMIAH -- THE NEEDED VISION -- NEHEMIAH 1:1-11

February 23, 2020
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NEHEMIAH -- THE NEEDED VISION -- NEHEMIAH 1:1-11
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Preach The Word
NEHEMIAH -- THE NEEDED VISION -- NEHEMIAH 1:1-11
Feb 23, 2020

The theme of Nehemiah is "let us rise up and build" (2:18). As we look forward to the future of this church, we must consider these words. Now is the time for spiritual growth and being built up in our faith. Spiritual growth will lead to numerical growth. Nehemiah was a man of vision. When he received news of the condition of the people of Judah and Jerusalem, he stepped forward. God had prepared him for this time. He had been promoted to a place of political power. He was the king's cupbearer (food taster). He was greatly trusted by the king. Nehemiah saw his position as an opportunity from God to rebuild Jerusalem and bring restoration of Israel. We may be thousands of years removed from Nehemiah, but we need people of vision who want to see our Lord's work here prosper. Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish . . . " Where do we begin? Right where Nehemiah did -- in our own place, and with our own people. We can sit and worry about the future, or we can do something about it today. Choosing the latter will require some effort -- giving ourselves and our posterity to true, spiritual growth and serving God without concern for personal glory. As we examine this first chapter of Nehemiah, I want us to notice the first two steps this servant of God took as he set about to serve his God and his people. This is the starting point for any great service of the Lord Notice that he:

  I.  HE HELD A SERIOUS CONCERN -- VV. 1-4.
 II.
 HE MADE A SOLEMN CONFESSION -- VV. 5-11.

Show Notes

The theme of Nehemiah is "let us rise up and build" (2:18). As we look forward to the future of this church, we must consider these words. Now is the time for spiritual growth and being built up in our faith. Spiritual growth will lead to numerical growth. Nehemiah was a man of vision. When he received news of the condition of the people of Judah and Jerusalem, he stepped forward. God had prepared him for this time. He had been promoted to a place of political power. He was the king's cupbearer (food taster). He was greatly trusted by the king. Nehemiah saw his position as an opportunity from God to rebuild Jerusalem and bring restoration of Israel. We may be thousands of years removed from Nehemiah, but we need people of vision who want to see our Lord's work here prosper. Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish . . . " Where do we begin? Right where Nehemiah did -- in our own place, and with our own people. We can sit and worry about the future, or we can do something about it today. Choosing the latter will require some effort -- giving ourselves and our posterity to true, spiritual growth and serving God without concern for personal glory. As we examine this first chapter of Nehemiah, I want us to notice the first two steps this servant of God took as he set about to serve his God and his people. This is the starting point for any great service of the Lord Notice that he:

  I.  HE HELD A SERIOUS CONCERN -- VV. 1-4.
 II.
 HE MADE A SOLEMN CONFESSION -- VV. 5-11.