Nehemiah 13:1-31 - Jeff Doolittle - After 12 years in Jerusalem, Nehemiah returns to Susa. But soon after he leaves, the people in Judah return to their former ways. All of the commitments the people made to obey God are quickly forgotten as they compromise with the culture, stop living on mission, and forget to consider the effects on the next generation. Nehemiah has worked hard to help build a legacy. Unfortunately it doesn't take much for a relapse to occur. While their story ended with disappointment, we have the opportunity to write a different story in our day. What legacy will we build?
Nehemiah 11:1-12:47 - Coleman Diffenderfer - The nation of Israel has been experiencing a spiritual revival. Now we see the product of that revival—true and genuine worship. The people gather in community to rejoice and celebrate the working of God in their lives. May we to be a people who experience revival and respond in worship, celebrating as a community the incredible person and work of our Lord and Savior.
Nehemiah 9:1-10:39 - Jeff Doolittle - As the people of God returned to reading the Word of God, a movement began to take shape. They were first drawn to repentance, a desire to turn 180 degrees away from pursuing things that cannot satisfy in order to pursue the one thing that can; God himself. This led them to a time of remembrance, considering all the ways that God had been faithful to them. Finally, they experienced the ultimate manifestation of revival in their midst—a desire to obey all that God had commanded them. What could revival look like in our day as we submit ourselves to God and recognize that revival isn't an event, but a movement of God in the hearts of his people?
Nehemiah 8:1-18 - Jeff Doolittle - A Restored Mind begins when the people of God seek to Understand the Word of God. As God's people read, meditate, ponder and reflect on the Word regularly and frequently, they are compelled to Respond—first with conviction and repentance, followed by joy and celebration in light of God's grace and mercy. But the process cannot end there. The final result of a Restored Mind is shown when people submit themselves to God's authority by living in Obedience to the Word. What is God revealing to you in His Word and how does He want to bring your life into greater alignment and obedience to his calling and purpose for your life?
Nehemiah 6:15-7:73 - Jeff Doolittle - Confidence in God allows the people of God to accomplish a miraculous feat in Nehemiah 6:15. They complete the wall in just 52 days! But there is still work for them to do and investments for them to make in the ongoing mission. As they find their strength in God's presence and power, they begin to cultivate forward momentum as they prepare for and anticipate the growth that God intends to bring to their community. How are we being challenged to find our confidence in God as we prepare to invest in the work he has called us to?