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Summary: This message is to encourage others to get busy about the Father’s business in the New Year.

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“LET’S GET SERIOUS”

Neh 1:5-11 Ezra 3:1-5

I. God’s Work Must Be Done (Nehemiah chapters 1-7)

*The need must be known. (1:1-3).

Mat 9:37

*We must respond spiritually to needs in God’s work and must pray (1:4-11).

Isa 6:8

*You will encounter opposition both inside the church and outside (2:10)(4:10-12)

Eph 6:12 John 10:10

*We must inform and challenge others to work (2:17-20).

2 Tim 4:1-2

*Kingdom work is hard work and requires a good plan

and unity (3:1-32).

Luke 9:62 Gal 6:9

*We must pray in the face of ridicule and insult4:1-9).

2 Pet 3:3-4

*The work gets done by hard work and committed workers (4:16-23).

1 Tim 6:12

*Sometimes we must be sacrificially generous to meet a pressing need (5:14-19).

Eccl 11:1 Gal 6:7

*With God’s help and cooperation success will come. (6:15-16).

1 Cor 15:57 Rev 12:11

II. God’s work must include rebuilding/reestablishing the altars. (Ezra 3:1-5)

*We must seek and restore our personal altars.

Mat 7:7-8

*They found the altar and set it upon it’s bases. This means support and stability!

1 Cor 3:11

* We must make an offering, sacrificial or thanksgiving, unto the Lord

Rom 12:1 Phil 4:6-7

*When we restore our altar and give it stability (Jesus Christ) we will leave renewed in our

Spirit: Eph 4:22-24 Mind: Rom 12:2

Heart: Psa 51:10-12

III. God’s Way Must Include Revival and Change (Nehemiah chapters 8-13).

*When success comes there will be a desire to hear God’s Word (8:1-3).

Mat 5:6 1 Pet 2:2-3

*Revival & change come when the Bible is read and then interpreted (8:4-8).

2 Tim 2:15 Heb 4:12

*Revival brings a joyous celebration (8:9-12).

Psa 119:16

*Revival shows us a special way of expressing joyous worship (8:13-18).

Psa 105:43 Psa 85:6

*Revival & change brings confession & repentance 9:1-37

Psa 32:5

*Revival & change brings commitment (9:38).

Psa 5:7

*Change is not only spiritual but practical expressions of commitment (10:28-39).

Prov 3:9-10 Heb 10:25

*Revival & change brings sanctification (13:1-9).

1 Cor 6:11 2 Cor 6:16-18


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