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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.