Nehemiah Series

Nehemiah Series

A Call to Faithful Holiness

Nehemiah 13:1-31 Holiness is a wholehearted desire for God: a lifestyle set apart for him, a life lived wholly for him. It is easy to begin well; the real test is to finish well. Bearing fruit until the end – continuing faithful in holiness – is the test of true faith. At this point in Nehemiah’s account, God’s people having settled in Jerusalem Nehemiah…

True Seekers Find Restoration

Nehemiah 11-12 God promises in Jeremiah 29 that we will seek him and find him if we search for him with all our heart. Although these lists of names and historical records in Nehemiah 11-12 may seem distant and irrelevant to us today, they are a reminder that God is faithful to this promise, that he restores those who seek him. The joyful worship we see here as the…

Reformation Consecration

Nehemiah 10:1-39 Living for God is not popular – and even in the church it is not stressed as it should be. We are created by and for God; our purpose is to live for him. True joy and happiness will never be found anywhere else. There has been a great compromise within the church; it seeks to keep hold of the world and to have Jesus Christ at the same time. The…

Reformation Confession

Nehemiah 9:1-38 This chapter is one of scriptures’ preeminent prayers of confession. Reformation involves repentance and confession. This is because we have gone away from our Creator and are living by our own standard. Reformation is a turning back to God, recognising God for whom he is, and ordering our lives accordingly. The service described here moves from a reading…

People of the Word

Nehemiah 8:1-18 At the heart of the Christian religion is a book; in the Bible our God has revealed himself. Reformation is a recentering of God’s people upon God – his ways and commands. It must therefore involve hearing God’s word, in which he reveals these things, followed by confession and consecration. This chapter shows us what a people are like when they have…

Remembrance Fuels Reformation

Nehemiah 7:4-73 Anniversaries are opportunities to remember. We take stock of the past so that we may move forward encouraged. Nehemiah 7 recalls the names of the people of God returning from exile decades before under Ezra. Here is a call to remember who we are as the people of God so that we may be strengthened in the work we’re called to. Our primary purpose is to…

Fear God Alone

 Nehemiah 6:1-19 Who do we fear? In his work rebuilding Jerusalem, Nehemiah faced intimidation, manipulation and trickery from those both inside and outside the city. It was his fear of and confidence in God that enabled him to act boldly and wisely throughout these challenges. Nehemiah is an example for us of godly fear in action, motivating us to live in godly fear and…

Faith and Action Go Together

Nehemiah 4:6-23 Nehemiah presents a model of faith in action; in this chapter is both a model of skilled and courageous leadership and a glorious display of God’s provision and protection. These two things – man’s action and God’s sovereignty – work together, however much they may appear at odds. We must not put asunder what God has joined; faith and action go…

A Difficult Prayer

Nehemiah 4:1-5 How can we understand Nehemiah’s prayer for judgement on his enemies? Is he abusing prayer for his own personal revenge? This difficult prayer reminds that the world is divided between God’s children and God’s enemies. Nehemiah’s prayer for judgement points us forward to Christ, the King of the Church, who will one day carry out…
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