Sermon Series
  • 1. The Leader And Prayer

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    Nehemiah was probably chosen for his position at court for his reliability, for his quick wits, for his initiative and probably for his grasp of palace politics but clearly he also had a deep spiritual maturity that shows itself as he turns to prayer.

    Have you ever looked at the great Christian leaders of our time and wondered what it was that gave them their success? Were they just natural leaders? Had they worked hard at their studies of management and leadership as so many young leaders today are taught to do? Or were they perhaps just the more

  • 2. The Leader & Organisation

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    Nehemiah prays before acting, does his research, then Nehemiah identifies himself with the people of Jerusalem, and so the leaders commit themselves to the common good

    The stage is set. The actors are all in place. Nehemiah has finally come to the moment he’s been working towards as he’s prayed and fasted over the previous days or weeks. Nehemiah enters, stage right, with the jug of wine for the king, as he does every day. But unlike every other day more

  • 3. The Leader And The Work

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    Nehemiah has got them to agree to rebuild but now it needs to be organised. They get all the people involved in groups according to their ability though there are a few who refuse to get involved.

    Sermon by Rev George Hemmings When I was growing up, I spent my weekends and holidays working on our family farm. I’d come home from boarding school and straight away be put to work. There’d be a long list of jobs to do, like mowing the acre that was our front yard, or weeding the more

  • 4. The Leader And Opposition

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    Despite opposition Nehemiah keeps them building. He organises the work to go on. We too experience opposition but can trust God to help us to persevere.

    Sermon by Rev George Hemmings Sometimes you read these stories from the Old Testament and they seem so remote, so removed from our modern world that you wonder whether they can have any relevance for us. I mean, as George pointed out last week, we wouldn’t even think of getting out and more

  • 5. Leadership And Justice

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    Here we find a whole series of problems of economic injustice that are brought to Nehemiah. Nehemiah's solution is to call them back to the original God had given Israel and to recommit himself and his leadership team to following these laws themselves.

    Sermon by Rev John Altmann If the world were a village… [youtube video] In the OT God has given us an object lesson. He teaches by example rather than purely by words. He has gone to great trouble to set up a demonstration of his values in the life of one nation, Israel, that he more

  • 6. The Leader And Renewal

    Contributed on Feb 20, 2015

    The work’s finished! The people flock back into Jerusalem to celebrate. The people demand that God’s word be read to them! They show their renewed hunger for hearing God’s word.

    Sermon by Rev George Hemmiongs I have great news this morning. Wonderful news. The building project’s over! The work’s finished! It seemed impossible, but it’s happened. The builders have been hard at it, working night and day. Despite all those naysayers, despite all the more