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Nehemiah: Rise Up & Build

Nehemiah 11 & 12

Pastor Daniel Cassels

October 22, 2017

1. TIME TO ____________________

Now the leaders of the people stayed in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people cast lots for one out of ten to come and live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the other nine-tenths remained in their towns. The people blessed all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 11:1–2 (CSB)

But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord." Jeremiah 1:7-8 (ESV)

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord. Proverbs 16:33 (CSB)

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. 2 John 1:6 (ESV)

Challenge: Look for God’s direction & be willing to act on it!

2. TIME TO _________________ GOD’S BODY

The total number of Perez’s descendants, who settled in Jerusalem, was 468 capable men. Nehemiah 11:6 (CSB)

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35 (CSB)

If anyone says, "I love God," and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister. 1 John 4:20–21 (CSB)

...bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:13–16 (CSB)

Challenge: Look at how you can make the body better!

3. TIME TO SERVE _____________________________

Shabbethai and Jozabad, from the heads of the Levites, who supervised the work outside the house of God; Mattaniah son of Mica, son of Zabdi, son of Asaph, the one who began the thanksgiving in prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his relatives; and Abda son of Shammua, son of Galal, son of Jeduthun. All the Levites in the holy city: 284. Nehemiah 11:16–18 (CSB)

They came together against Moses and Aaron and told them, "You have gone too far! Everyone in the entire community is holy, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?" Numbers 16:3 (CSB)

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 1 Timothy 6:6–8 (ESV)

Indeed, the body is not one part but many. If the foot should say, "Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body," it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 1 Corinthians 12:14–15 (CSB)

Challenge: Look to be content where God wants you!

4. TO MAKE HIS PRAISE ___________________

On that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy. The women and children also celebrated, and Jerusalem’s rejoicing was heard far away. Nehemiah 12:43 (CSB)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. James 5:13 (ESV)

Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. Hebrews 13:15–16 (CSB)

Challenge: Look to share your relationship with God with someone today!

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