March 2, 2014 Sermon Notes
Nehemiah // Relationships, Part 2
1. Sources of the Conflict (Nehemiah 5:1-5)
A. Lack of sensitivity to the needs of others.
B. Lack of seriousness about what God says
2. Solution to the Conflict (Nehemiah 5:6-13)
A. Think before you act — “I took counsel with myself.” (Nehemiah 5:6-7)
B. Identify and communicate the source of conflict clearly (Nehemiah 5:7-8)
C. Point to the standard (Nehemiah 5:9)
D. Practice what you preach (Nehemiah 5:10)
The sin or behaviour that you’re most critical of in other people is often the sin or behaviour that remains undetected in you.
E. Restore with generosity (Nehemiah 5:11)
F. Commit to see it through (Nehemiah 5:12-13)
3. Sacrifice that Prevents Conflict (Nehemiah 5:14-19)
The path of Christianity doesn’t lead us toward a defense of our rights and privileges, it leads us to the cross.