March 16, 2014 Sermon Notes
Nehemiah // Transformed
What are the marks of a people ready to be transformed by the Word of God?
1. Awakened to the Word (Nehemiah 8:1-8)
A. Desire to hear the Word (Nehemiah 8:1-3)
We own more Bibles than we will ever use, but we are slowly starving to death because we have lost our appetite for Scripture. – Krish Kandiah
“Americans revere the Bible but, by and large, don’t read it.” – George Gallup Jr. and Jim Castelli
B. Ready your heart to meet God (Nehemiah 8:5-6)
C. Understand and apply it (Nehemiah 8:7-8)
Bible reading has become the religious equivalent of sound-bite journalism. When people read from the Bible they typically open it, read a brief passage without much regard for the context, and consider the primary thought or feeling that the passage provided. If they are comfortable with it, they accept it; otherwise, they deem it interesting but irrelevant to their life, and move on. There is shockingly little growth evident in people’s understanding of the fundamental themes of the scriptures and amazingly little interest in deepening their knowledge and application of biblical principles. – George Barna
2. Examined by the Word (Nehemiah 8:9-12)
A. Open your mind and your heart (Nehemiah 8:9) – When we look into the Word of God, we see a reflection of God and the reality of our own lives.
B. Recognize and receive grace (Nehemiah 8:10-12) – The good news of the Scriptures: grace through a sacrifice brings us back to God.
1. Begin reading the Scriptures for yourself.
2. Begin reading the Scriptures with greater intentionality.
3. Begin reading the Scriptures with other people.
4. Begin walking through the Scriptures with other people.