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 name.
God commemorated their faithfulness by recording their names in this passage; they have a lasting legacy.
Nehemiah’s wall-building was but a shadow of a far greater work: the building up of the church of Jesus Christ. This, is the ultimate community project with a lasting legacy.