Ruin, Rebuild, Reform
The people are beginning to return from exile. God had kept his promise: he sent them away because of their rebellion and is now restoring their home. This return was promised to be glorious, yet we'll see that it's nothing close to that. What's wrong with the people, and more importantly how will God keep his word?
The City & People in Ruins
In a time of great trouble for Israel, Nehemiah prays a big prayer with big concerns: confessing sin and hoping that God will keep his word.
Requests to Rebuild
In Nehemiah’s return to rebuild Jerusalem, God’s good hand works to provide and protect. Know that God has always been and will always be at work to sovereignly bring about His purposes, fulfilling His promises, through various means; we see this most clearly in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. God’s good hand continues to be with us as we seek to do the work of the Lord – we can trust Him and press on in service.
Grace When Church is Hard
The grace displayed in the gospel of Jesus Christ redirects and reshapes our worship so that it is not focused on ourselves but directed towards God and welcoming of others. Knowing this, Christians are called to respond in praise of God for his mercy in bringing sinners together and celebrate the beautiful messiness that is his glory: the church.
God’s People at Work
God’s diverse people are devoted to the work of the LORD and can deal with difficulties because God is at work to achieve His purpose and provide protection. Being assured of this, God’s people are encouraged to get on with the work of the LORD, knowing that He will achieve His purpose and He has secured our protection.
The Enemy Within
The lack of the fear of God in our hearts ruins the people and work of God. What is needed for us to fear God and not mistreat our brothers and sisters in God’s family is the transformation of heart brought about by the gospel of Jesus Christ. So put your trust in the Lord Jesus, be transformed by His Spirit, and live in love with one another and in united service to God.
Fear Under Fire
Fear threatens the work of God, but fails when God is feared and trusted.
Rollcall to Rebuild
As the wall is finished the remnant are counted, and though small the number represents the future hope of Israel.