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Blessed Builders: God’s House…The People’s Promise

Blessed Builders: God’s House…The People’s Promise
Let’s Recap…
Nehemiah’s Problem (Nehemiah 1) Nehemiah’s Process (Nehemiah 2-3) Nehemiah’s Persecution (Nehemiah 4) Nehemiah’s Predicament (Nehemiah 5-6) Nehemiah’s Proposal (Nehemiah 7) Nehemiah’s Praise (Nehemiah 8-9) Nehemiah’s Promise (Nehemiah 10)
Opening Illustration: Fire In Church No wonder there is so little enthusiasm in the church today. Billy Graham tells the amusing story of a fire which broke out in a small-town church. When the fire brigade, siren wailing, arrived on the spot, the minister recognized one of the men. "Hello, there, Jim. I haven't seen you in church for a long time," he chided. "Well," answered the sweating man struggling with the hose, "there hasn't been a fire in church for a long time."
Point:  I certainly hope that that will never be said of our church.  I pray that there will always be a fire here amongst us.  Today is really about church.  No, not the building but abou…

Blessed Builders: God’s House…The People’s Promise

Blessed Builders: God’s House…The People’s Promise
Let’s Recap…
Nehemiah’s Problem (Nehemiah 1) Nehemiah’s Process (Nehemiah 2-3) Nehemiah’s Persecution (Nehemiah 4) Nehemiah’s Predicament (Nehemiah 5-6) Nehemiah’s Proposal (Nehemiah 7) Nehemiah’s Praise (Nehemiah 8-9) Nehemiah’s Promise (Nehemiah 10)
Opening Illustration: Fire In Church No wonder there is so little enthusiasm in the church today. Billy Graham tells the amusing story of a fire which broke out in a small-town church. When the fire brigade, siren wailing, arrived on the spot, the minister recognized one of the men. "Hello, there, Jim. I haven't seen you in church for a long time," he chided. "Well," answered the sweating man struggling with the hose, "there hasn't been a fire in church for a long time."
Point:  I certainly hope that that will never be said of our church.  I pray that there will always be a fire here amongst us.  Today is really about church.  No, not the building but abou…

Blessed Builders: Time To Worship

Blessed Builders: Time To Worship
Introduction: So we have arrived at Nehemiah 8.  Nehemiah arrived in to see Jerusalem in shambles.  The walls were broken down and busted.  Nehemiah sets out to rebuild.  He does.  Yes, Nehemiah with Gods’ help is successful but it comes with difficulty.  There are men who want to see Jerusalem in ruin.  Nehemiah had to contend with his own countryman and their conflicts.  Nehemiah, again with God’s help, sees the wall rebuilt and the city saved.  This all happens in the first 6 chapters of the book.  In Nehemiah 7 we see that the city is ready for inhabitants.  People come and they are ecstatic about what they find.  They discover a city that is beautifully restored and ready to return to prominence.  
Then we come to Nehemiah 8.  What happens in Nehemiah 8?  Nehemiah 8 chronicles one of the most organized corporate worship experiences in the Old Testament.    For good reason right?  The people have a lot to be thankful for.  The people have a lot to…