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The book of Nehemiah is the story of one man who God called to lead a movement to restore the city of Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem in the book of Nehemiah very closely resembles what the church is supposed to be. A light in a dark world, a voice calling out the culture to live life differently. Big Idea: Nehemiah lays out three things God calls men to be as followers of Jesus. These are non-negotiables for men. Recommended Resources *What He Must Be...if he Wants to Marry my Daughter (Voddie Baucham) *Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching & Learning the Greatness of God (Bruce Ware) *Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons & Daughters who Walk with God (Voddie Baucham) Next Steps: *Begin a relationship with Jesus *Memorize Ephesians 5:22 - 24 *Men, ask your wife if you embody these 3 things *Women, pray for your husband to be these 3 things *If you are a single woman, decide to not settle for less than these 3 things & start praying for a man who embodies these things. *If you are a single man, strive to embody these 3 things *Sign up for Newcomer's Brunch on June 6th *Sign up to serve at day camp this summer *Start serving at Revolution
The book of Nehemiah is the story of one man who God called to lead a movement to restore the city of Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem in the book of Nehemiah very closely resembles what the church is supposed to be. A light in a dark world, a voice calling out the culture to live life differently. Big Idea: We need to get at the root of what is keeping us from entering into what Hebrews calls, “Gods-rest”, because the Sabbath is practicing bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth. It’s practicing God’s ideal for you. Recommended Resources: *Nehemiah Study Guide by: Josh Reich (available at the next steps table or online at www.tucsonrevolution.com/mediafiles/nehemiah-study-guide.pdf) *Leviticus 25 *Isaiah 56 *Psalm 62 *Psalm 95 *Sabbath by Dan Allender *Sabbath Keeping by Lynn M. Baab Next Steps: *Begin a relationship w/Jesus *Memorize Psalm 34:8 *Begin practicing a regular Sabbath *Sign up for the Newcomer's Brunch on June 6th *Serve at Saddle Ridge Ranch Day Camp (July 12-16th, 9 am - 12 pm) *Start serving at Revolution
Jesus, who bore the curse for us, also works thru us to call wayward Christians and churches back to faithfulness.
The problem with Israel is our own, it is the gap between what we believe in theory and what we believe in practice. I may agree that God is sovereign (theoretical belief), but slip into deep anxiety when I am afraid or out of control (functional disbelief). What it means to grow in grace is to see the gap narrowed between what I confess to be truth and what I functionally believe in the moment. If it’s true that behind every sin is a lie, we are able to find a road out of the rut of despair and the feeling that our emotions and actions are inevitable. Nehemiah is helping us to see the path of hope in hopelessness, joy in the midst of suffering, and courage to fight our shame and disbelief.
The pull of this world will wind us down until we loose momentum. Today we play around with truth. Seeking truth outside of God is to make it our truth not Gods.Truth is truth like gravity on earth.
In spite of being considered intolerant in our culture today, the Christian is to stand on truth and confront error. Those that are spiritually sensitive don't accept the cultural status quo, see things in a way that the culture see them, allow their companions to determine correctness, and allow the culture to dictate their convictions.
Discipline and Purity go hand in hand.