REFLECTIONS ON NEHEMIAH – WHAT MAKES IT RIGHT? Sustained renewal requires a _________________________ in the same direction.
Pastor Mark Krieger
November 12, 2017
Do I have a “tourist mindset” with a bent for religious entertainment, or am I a pilgrim following a path that is Jesus himself?
What Went Wrong? What Makes It Right? Nehemiah 13 Nehemiah returns to Susa after 12 years in Jerusalem. Sometime later, he returns to Jerusalem to find the people in need of spiritual renewal, again!
Spiritual renewal is _________________ without the son of David – Jesus.
NEHEMIAH 13 – WHAT WENT WRONG?
As we come to the end of Nehemiah, something is missing. We have the people in Jerusalem; we have the temple; we have the priests; we have the sacrificial system. All of this is wonderful. But where is David? To mention David again and again in chapter 12 reminds us that spiritual renewal is incomplete without the son of David.
A New _________________
“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David…” Matthew 1:1
“… they excluded from Israel all who were of foreign descent.” Neh. 13:3
____________________ Companions “Here I learned about the evil thing Eliashib had done in providing Tobiah a room in the courts of the house of God.” Neh. 13:7
Generations Connection discusses the message topic Sundays at 10:00 AM in Fireside. Message notes are also available as a YouVersion Bible App “Event” and on YouTube.
CORE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
_________________ Living “ I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them…” Neh. 13:10 “In those days I saw people in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath…” Neh. 13:15
Violating _________________Commitments “Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab.” Neh. 13:23
50/50 Prayer--Reach Out • Pray for the town of Sutherland, Texas, with the tragic loss of life last Sunday. • On this Veteran’s Weekend, thank God for those who have served our country in the military. • Pray for the children receiving shoeboxes with Operation Christmas Child, that they would experience the love of Jesus this Christmas.
50/50 Prayer--Reach In • Praise God for the individuals being baptized this morning! • Praise God for the Beyond Momentum Celebration Banquet last Sunday. Pray for God’s leading as we make commitments for our facility Master Plan. • Pray for Mark Welch with the passing of his brother.
Maybe Even _______________________ Leadership A repeated refrain from Nehemiah in chapter 13: “Remember me, Lord, for what I have done. Remember them too, for the bad things they have done…”
Bible Reading--“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly...”
Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12