Summary: This is part of a series through Nehemiah. The entire series is about godly steps for rebuilding godly structures.
Introduction: Vietnam wall Illustration
Background: Addressing problems, becoming change agents
Purpose Statement: As we go about the task of problem solving...
I. Don’t Be Overwhelmed By the Size of the Task
A. Note the state of the Decay
1. situations in our own life
2. 45 different major rebuilding projects listed here
B. Some will say it can’t be done
1. Starfish illustration
2. Envision the glory
II. Don’t Try to Do It Alone
A. Requires strong leadership
1. Nehemiah with a vision from God
2. No accident 1st work crew was priest Eliashib
B. Requires a multitude of workers
1. Bricklayer illustration
2. Too often everyone complains – I wish somebody’d
3. At least 40 different families and groups
4. Honor them – tongue in cheek re: title
C. Requires people to work outside of their comfort zone (v. 8)
1. Goldsmiths and perfume makers – soft hands
2. If you are gifted in a particular area – get there
D. Not everyone will support you (v. 5)
1. Don’t wait for that to happen – Cumford’s Law
2. Seek God’s approval, not mans
III. Don’t Do Anything Without Including God
A. Pray for months
1. Are you starting to get the point?
2. Bath everything in prayer
B. Consecrate Your Task to the Lord
1. Success without God is no success at all
2. 1st two points would hold true for X’s as well as non X’s
C. It’s all in vain without Christ
2. Psalm 127:1
Conclusion: Begg Football story
My trip to the Vietnam wall. Spent several hours looking at the list of names even though I didn’t know anyone personally who was killed in the war. Why is it we can all do things like that yet we come to a list of names in Scripture and we quickly skim over it to get to back to the “story.” God includes the names because those names are the story.
I recently read about an old man, walking the beach at dawn, who noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Catching up with the youth, he asked what he was doing. The answer was that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. “But the beach goes on for miles and miles, and there are millions of starfish,” countered the man. “How can your effort make any difference?”
The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and then threw it to safety in the waves. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said.
Hugh Duncan, Leadership
I am writing in response to your request for additional information. In block #3 of the accident form, I put “trying to do the job alone” as the cause of my accident.
You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust that the following details will be sufficient.
I am a bricklayer by trade. On the date of the accident I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had about 500 pounds of brick left over. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley which fortunately was attached to the side of the building at the 6th floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out, and loaded the bricks into it.