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Summary: We must have the courage to be a team.

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DREAM TEAM

Nehemiah 3:1-32

S: Courage

Th: Brave Hearts

Pr: WE MUST HAVE THE COURAGE TO BE A TEAM.

?: Inductive

KW: approaches

TS: We will find in our study of Nehemiah 3:1-32, seven approaches to building the wall that make it a success.

The _____ approach is…

I. PRIORITY

II. UNITY

III. INDIVIDUALITY

IV. GENEROSITY

V. AUDACITY (NOT)

VI. RESPONSIBILITY

VII. INTENSITY

Version: ESV

Note: The outline found its start in The Bible Speaks Today commentary on Nehemiah by Raymond Brown.

RMBC 02 Feb 03 AM

INTRODUCTION:

ILL Notebook: Remember (scrambled)

An Australian travel writer at the beginning of a six month tour of Canada was checking out the Vancouver Hilton, and as he paid his bill said to the manager, asked, “By the way, what’s with the Indian chief sitting in the lobby? He’s been there ever since I arrived.”

“Oh that’s Big Chief Forget-me Not,” said the manager. “The hotel is built on an Indian reservation, and part of the agreement is to allow the chief free use of the premises for the rest of his life. He is known as ‘Big Chief Forget-me Not’ because of his phenomenal memory. He is 92 and can remember the slightest detail of his life.”

The travel writer took this in, and as he was waiting for his cab decided to put the chief’s memory to the test. “ello, mate!” said the Aussie, receiving only slight nod in return. "hat did you have for breakfast on your 21st birthday?”

“Eggs,” was the chief’s instant reply, without even looking up, and indeed the Aussie was impressed. He went off on his travel writing itinerary, right across to the east coast and back, telling others of Big Chief Forget-me Not’s great memory. One local noted to him that “How” was a more appropriate greeting for an Indian chief than “ello mate.”

On his return to the Vancouver Hilton six months later was surprised to see ’Big Chief Forget-me Not’ still sitting in the lobby, fully occupied with whittling away on a stick. “How?” said the Aussie to the Chief, who again did not stop to look up.

“Scrambled,” said the Chief.

Now, that’s a great memory!

1. Do you like to be remembered?

We all like to be remembered.

If someone who has only met us once or twice, hasn’t seen us in a while, and they remember our name, we are rather impressed.

(We also might wonder what we did to cause them to remember us!)

When the Lord brought our role to a conclusion at each church we have served in, we left with a memento to remember them by: a memory book, a video…

At our first church, they gave us a shirt, with all the names of the youth group members.

They are names that I know, but you do not.

But they are important to me.

They are people that have made an impact on my life.

More than that…

2. Names represent people whom God loves.

As we come to chapter three of Nehemiah, you are going to find that there are a lot of names.

Let me set the context of why we find these names.

In the first two chapters, we observed that Nehemiah left the Persian palace of king Artaxerxes, where he was the trusted cupbearer, and with the king’s blessing, returned to his nation’s capital, Jerusalem, to repair and rebuild its walls.


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