In this sermon, we explore how Nehemiah approached the difficult task of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem in the face of great opposition. Then we examine how Nehemiah’s approach can help us with our difficult tasks today.
Quick, can you name the twelve disciples? Come on, shout them out. There‘s Peter, Matthew, the one with the funny name, the guy that doubted. And, uh. Well, if you did just rattle off the twelve disciples without hesitation, I am betting you had an awesome children’s teacher that taught you a real cool song.
The Disciples were the twelve men that Jesus called personally to follow Him and be leaders in His ministry. There are thirteen names if you count Matthias who was added to replace Judas Iscariot (Acts 1:12-21), and you should, but there were never more than twelve Disciples at one time. These men can tell us great deal about Jesus, and Jesus’ heart and character, so today, here are 5 facts on Jesus disciples.
Have you ever watched a movie series out of order? You jump from the second story to the fifth story, and wonder how on earth did the good guys get trapped in this snow, weren’t they in a rocky desert? Why is this army coming after them? Weren’t those guys in white good guys, and now they are shooting at the good guys? What is going on? Then you feel really lost. I have. Well, this can happen when you bounce around reading the Old Testament whether it is your daily reading plan, or your pastor’s sermon series. There are major events that occur throughout the Old Testament, and if you are not familiar with them. You can be lost reading certain passages.
Here are 5 historical events that are crucial for following the Old Testament Story.
The New Testament was written in Greek, and sometimes there just isn’t an English equivalent that will convey the message the New Testament author is trying to convey. So sometimes exploring the Greek can make verses make sense and come alive for us. One such passage is Galatians 3:24-25, so let’s examine a Greek word and explore Paul’s message for us today.
Galatians 3:24-25 says: 24The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. 25But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. (Holman Christian Standard Bible).
Paul’s message in Galatians is that Christ and the gospel has set us free from the Old Testament Law to live new lives for God unbound by sin and unbound by rituals. In these two verses, Paul calls the law, in the HCSB our “guardian” until Christ. What does that mean?
Want to stump a Christian…ask them to find Nahum. That’s right Nahum is a book of the Bible. It is one of the books of the Minor Prophets, and if you knew that, congrats growing up in Bible Drill. But do you know anything about the book or the prophet Nahum. If not, let’s learn together. Here are 5 facts on Nahum.
Under Pressure 2: The Pressure of Ridicule and Loneliness
In this sermon, we discuss how to overcome the pressure of ridicule and loneliness. We discuss how peer pressure and fitting in pressures us to compromise our faith, and how our true fear is loneliness and ridicule. Here we examine how Nehemiah overcame this pressure and lived for God, and how we can too.
In this passage, we explore how Nehemiah overcame the pressure to stay in Susa with his life of comfort, authority, and worldly success and travel to Jerusalem as God called him. And how we can overcome the pressure to succeed in the World’s eyes and live for God.