Sermons by Revd Benjamin Wontrop (Page 10)

Sermons by Revd Benjamin Wontrop (Page 10)

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…

Hidden with Christ

Colossians 3:3 Our union with Christ – the reality that we have died with him and been raised with him – radically changes how we live. As Paul says in this passage, our life is now “hidden with Christ”. This will shape how we cope with opposition from the world, fight sin and love God. It is a very practical truth. There has been a transformation of our…

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…

A Community Project with a Lasting Legacy

Nehemiah 3:1-32 The conclusion of our building project at All Saints is only the beginning of our real work: to build up the church in Newcastle. Nehemiah’s own building project – the building of the walls of Jerusalem – was a community project like our own, and the whole community threw itself into the work, each person doing their part for the glory of God’s…

Come and Let us Build!

Nehemiah 2: 11-20 In England’s darkest hour Churchill delivered a speech that stirred our nation to action: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, …” In a similar way God’s people, threatened by their enemies and infiltrated by those who…

Trust God because He Provides for His Work

Nehemiah 2:1-9 God always provides for his work. This should encourage us. And God’s work includes the reformation of the church – so we can be sure that the resources will be there as we go about this work. If this message falls flat with us it may be that we’re not concerned for God’s work – or perhaps that we feel self-sufficient, confident that we can do…