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Treasuring God (Nehemiah 5)

We noticed in Nehemiah 3-4 revealed how the people had a mind to work in spite of the intense opposition they faced. There were people who refused to help. There were people who were insulting and discouraging. There were people who were causing confusion. There were people who were physically confronting them. There were people who were attacking them. In spite of all of these obstacles and even their own feelings of inadequacy and discouragement, the people had a mind to work. They refused to stop doing the great work that God had given to them. All of the attention of these chapters have been on the external problems in doing the work. But now we are going to see the internal problems that existed. We are going to look at how we need to handle internal problems and the kind of leadership needed to continue the work…

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Be Healed (Matthew 8:1-17)

Our theme for 2022 is Journey With Jesus. We are taking our journey with Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. Now that we are moving past the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew is going to record various accounts and events in the life of Jesus. One thing you will notice as you go through Matthew’s gospel is that he is not recording a continuous story. The gospel is not giving us a chronological account nor is it telling us an order of events. Rather, we are seeing short accounts from the life of Jesus, placed together to give us another angle on Jesus’ life. There are two reasons why I bring up this important point.

First, there is a strong temptation by many to want to supplement Matthew’s account with the accounts recorded in the other gospels. I cannot tell you how many commentaries and research works I consulted that did this. Rather than taking the text as it is presented, they go to the other gospels to fill in some of the missing details. This is a big mistake. There is a reason Matthew has recorded what he recorded the way he recorded it…

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A Mind To Work (Nehemiah 3-4)

Nehemiah has come to Jerusalem to help repair and rebuild the city of Jerusalem. Nehemiah was an important person in Persia being the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes. Nehemiah inspected the situation in the city and then called the people of Jerusalem together to tell them his intentions to rebuild the city. He told them about how the good hand of God had brought them to this moment and that God would give them success for this project.

The Work Begins (3:1-32)

Nehemiah 3 records the will of the people to rise up and do the work. Scan your eyes through chapter 3 and you will read about all of the people. You will see the repetition of the word “repair” throughout the chapter. I counted the word 38 times in the chapter. It is a beautiful description of everyone doing the work….

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Follow Jesus (1 Peter 2:18-25)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

What the apostle Peter is doing in this letter is teaching how we live so that the praises of Jesus are proclaimed in the world. The point of being a Christian is to show the world how glorious Christ is. We live to show the goodness and glory of Jesus to everyone. We exist to display Christ. For far too long Christian morality has been completely misunderstood. We do not exist to do good so that we can look down our noses at everyone else who is not doing good and try to shame them into doing good. We do not communicate, “I’m doing good. What is the matter with you?” We do good so that people see Jesus. We do not do good to try to bring about a facade of moral conformity. We do good so that people will desire Jesus, glorify Jesus, and then be transformed in their lives by Jesus. Jesus made this point in the Sermon on the Mount…

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