January 26, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jan 26 at 09:02am

Nehemiah // Unity

We learn from the New Testament that there are two things you cannot say any longer when you become a Christian. The first is, “You do not need me.” The second thing is, “I do not need you” – Pastor Ray Stedman

Nehemiah 2:17-20

1. Common Need (Nehemiah 2:17)

While Nehemiah was discontent about the condition of the city, the people apparently were content to live in the rubble and ruin.

Sometimes it takes a stranger to see sharply what has been softened by familiarity – Derek Kidner in Ezra and Nehemiah

2. Common Motivation (Nehemiah 2:18-20)

Looking back, Nehemiah saw God’s provision. Looking ahead, Nehemiah saw God’s power. At the heart of the mission, God’s glory restored among His people.

3. Common Task (Nehemiah 3:1-32)

A journal of the workers and the construction begun on more than 40 sections of Jerusalem’s walls along with 10 gates.

A. Shoulder to Shoulder.

B. Every person a contributor.

C. Diversity of people, not professionals.

January 26, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jan 26 at 08:50am



O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

I Stand Amazed

Oh How He Loves You And Me

Think About His Love

Day By Day

Beautiful River

I Surrender All



Victory In Jesus

I Am

Great I Am

I Surrender All

January 19, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jan 19 at 09:37am

Nehemiah // Faith

Ascending Everest

Nehemiah 2:1-19

1. Responsive faith is ignited by seeking God’s face over brokenness (Nehemiah 2:1-4)

The first step in the journey in accomplishing the mission of God is vulnerability, brokenness and transparency with others.

2. Responsive faith will find you at times afraid but not stopped (Nehemiah 2:1-4)

Oftentimes the greatest struggle is the conflict between fear of man vs. faith in God

When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming peer pressure, codependency, and the fear of man.  Edward T. Welch

3. Responsive faith prepares for the steps ahead (Nehemiah 2:5-8 and Nehemiah 2:11-16)

A) Nehemiah responds to the king

1) Clear in his purpose (Nehemiah 2:5)

2) Sensitive to his roles and responsibilities (Nehemiah 2:6)

3) Strategic in his requests (Nehemiah 2:7-8)

B) Nehemiah evaluates the work ahead (Nehemiah 2:11-16)

Diligent in the planning (Nehemiah 2:11-15)

Discerning in the timing (Nehemiah 2:16)

Principle of preparation: pray to receive from God what will ultimately be for Go

4. Responsive faith finds God hand present and at work (Nehemiah 2:4 and 8)
5. Responsive faith meets and overcomes opposition (Nehemiah 2:10 and 19)

January 19, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jan 19 at 09:22am


Holy Holy Holy

All Hail King Jesus

Be Thou My Vision

Your Grace Still Amazes Me

With All My Heart

Spirit Of The Living God

Have Faith In God

January 12, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jan 12 at 09:10am

Nehemiah // Revealed

Main idea: Before Nehemiah’s hands move into action, his heart is opened before the Lord to find His faithfulness, forgiveness, and provision for God’s task.

Nehemiah 1:4-6

1. Recognize God through prayer and fasting (Nehemiah 1:4-6) // Nine prayers in the book. Much of this prayer based on the book of Deuteronomy.

A. Prayer as a priority, not a last item on the checklist.

His prayer is passionate (Nehemiah 1:4)

His prayer is persistent, “day and night” (Nehemiah 1:6)

His prayer is patient — four months (Nehemiah 2:1)

40 Days of Prayer and Fasting: how can you be involved?

1. Pray using theme and 3 prayer points daily: Personal time including the Scriptures (view the guide and weekly emphasis on the Prayer Page)

2. Prayer Gatherings: Tonight’s church-wide prayer service, Bible Studies, Life Groups, Families.

 3. Prayer Sharing, Prayer Wall (hallway between Apex and Welcome Center), Online Prayer Wall.

 4. Fasting: Purpose: Seek, depend, and hear from God (Get a guide to fasting here)

B. Prayer brings perspective (Nehemiah 1:5-6)

God’s greatness.

God’s overwhelming love and mercy.

God’s readiness to hear and see.

2. Repent of our unfaithfulness (Nehemiah 1:6-8)

A. Repentance is marked by ownership of our sins, not modify them based on the actions of others (Nehemiah 1:6)

B. Repentance is measured by the Word of God (Nehemiah 1:7)

Pride gets in the way of genuine repentance. It leads to self-dependency, self-determination, and self-righteousness.

 Isaiah 57:15

Proud v. Broken Bookmark

The goal of a broken spirit isn’t to feel terrible about ourselves. It’s just to be accurate, to grasp a fresh view and understand the chasm between God and us. – Chip Ingram in Holy Ambition.

C. A lack of repentance brings consequences (Nehemiah 1:8)

D. Repentance is the first step toward the promise of restoration (Nehemiah 1:9-10)

3. Request in alignment with God’s agenda, not ours (Nehemiah 1:11)

Nehemiah will have to come empty-handed (because of his sin) but not uninvited (by the mercy of God and the promises of restoration). – Derek Kidner

Alignment with God’s heart and desires brings clarity to the underlying immediate decisions and responsibilities.

Christian leaders can become so entranced by the brilliance of their plan that they cannot be bothered to familiarize themselves with God’s. – Richard Blackaby

January 12, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jan 12 at 08:58am


I Love You Lord

Glorious Is Thy Name

How Great Thou Art

Lord Most Holy

Breathe On Me

I Need Thee Every Hour

January 5, 2014 Sermon Notes

Posted on Jan 05 at 08:55am

Nehemiah // Broken

Nehemiah 1:1-4

1. Nehemiah’s contentment. (Nehemiah 1:1)

A Gallup poll concluded that Americans had never before confessed to so much Christian activity yet making so little difference in how we live — clear evidence that thousands who have trusted Christ as Savior are shuffling along in hazy uncertainty. – Howard Hendricks, foreword in Holy Ambition by Chip Ingram

2. Nehemiah’s brokenness. (Nehemiah 1:2-3)

A. Personally
B. Taylors
C. Mission outside Taylors

3. Nehemiah’s first move: seek God. (Nehemiah 1:4)

God never does something great through us until He does something significant in us. – Chip Ingram, Holy Ambition

January 5, 2014 Worship Sets

Posted on Jan 05 at 08:45am


We Have Come To Join In Worship

Amazing Grace

Give Thanks

Revive Us Again

God of Grace and God of Glory

Have Thine Own Way