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Morning Sermon: Audio Link
Nehemiah 1: Somebody, do something!
I. Historical Situation: Jerusalem lies in ruins, many of the exiles have been returned.
A. Into exile why? National sinfulness: 2 Chronicles 36:15-17
B. Out of exile why? God's grace 2 Chronicles 36:22-23
II. Nehemiah, though, remains in Susa, the ancient capital of the Persian Empire (Currently "Shush" in Iran)
A. Personally separate from the suffering
B. Yet he cannot accept that
III. Something must be done
A. Nehemiah, though, has a good job, responsibilities
IV. Nehemiah goes first to God in prayer
V. Suffering continues
VI. We are not not unlike Nehemiah
A. Just because we're not personally affected does not mean we should not do something
B. We must be willing to put ourselves at risk for it
VII. When we see something that needs somebody to do something about it, that somebody is you.
Evening Sermon: Audio Link
HAVE A PLAN!
1. The world does not want to see you sad
Especially if you have claimed that God is your supply and strength.
What are our words worth if our countenance does not reflect them?
2. Do not assume hostility from the world to all your purposes
Neither can you assume that material support means they agree
The king does not come to the One True God
3. Know what you want
Ask God for strength
Then follow through with it
4. Be prepared for opposition
What you are doing does not meet with everyone's approval
Your actions will disturb those against God's people
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