Summary: A sermon in a series from the book of Nehemiah about how we can have joy in the Christian life.
Last week began new series = Joy in the Christian Life = The Case for Nehemiah
- To have true Biblical joy as Christian our life must be in-line with God’s Will and Purposes
- Suggested by examining Nehemiah’s life = Character
- Highlights of the book that bears his name
- The motivating purpose of his life and how it was accomplished
- Learn the lessons = Grasp the applications = Put them into practice
- Will help us go far down road to having lives that line-up with God’s Will and Purposes
- And then we can go on to Philippians = So that we can study this idea of "joy"
One great theme of Phil. is that of joy, even in suffering.
- The words "joy" and "rejoicing" occur some seventeen times in its four chapters.
- "Triumphant Living in Christ"
And we will also see some of the things and circumstances in this life which would try to rob us of our joy
- And thus equipped we will be better prepared to prevent the theft of our joy
Our introduction to Nehemiah
- "comforted by Jehovah" = He knew the comforts of God
- He knew how to truly love his country, desire the best for his people
- He had a great life of prayer grounded on faith in his God
- He was a courageous, hard worker who knew what was right = And did that which was right
- And he inspired others to do what was right with him
And that last point is so very vital to understanding Nehemiah
Nehemiah was a man who desired to make a difference for the glory of God
That was THE motivating purpose of his life
- 3 main ways
- The Rebuilding of the Walls of Jerusalem
- The rehearsal of certain Divine Laws
- The restoration of Ancient Ordinances
Today let’s consider some of the highlights of this epistle
- Some of the "big picture" points of this book > 5
- And try to cultivate out some of the lessons God has laid out for us
- And see how we might apply them in our lives
Lesson number one = The walls of Jerusalem were broken down = [1.3]
- Jerusalem = "City of God" = Place where He chose to have His Temple built
- A distinctive building = Contrasted with all the other buildings
- Dwelling-place of "a diety" = Here, Jehovah God = THE God Who Made Heaven & Earth
- Hallowed by the special presence of God = Consecrated to His Worship
Walls were often built for the security and safety of the inhabitants of the city
- So with the walls broken down = The city of God was vulnerable
- And everything within was open = Exposed = "...in great affliction and reproach..."
- Perhaps even putting the Temple of the Holy God of Heaven in danger
- Nehemiah’s great desire = Re-build the walls = Secure the city = Remove the reproach
Lesson number two = We do not know very much about Nehemiah at the beginning of the book bearing his name
- But consider what we learn about him almost from the beginning = [1.4]
- Compassion = Empathy (affliction) = Earnest
- And perhaps most important of all = [1.11]
- His desire was so monumental = Would he even be able to accomplish it
- "Absolutely not..." = NOT without prayer and fasting
Lesson number three = [2.4-5]
- Nehemiah had a very good position