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Sermon Recap for February 19

Here are the sermons from yesterday:

Morning Sermon Audio (alternate link)

Evening Sermon Audio (alternate link)

Morning outline:

Nehemiah 5

I. Charging Usury (forbidden: Leviticus 25:36-37)

II. Sending people back into slavery

III. Willful self-denial

Application:

I. Personal profit cannot be the motive of God's people

     A. Survival/benefit is not prohibited

     B. The Spirit should guide us to a stopping point.

II. Giving up the freedom that has been bought

     A. Spiritual first and foremost

     B. Cultural secondly

III. Willingness to take on major issues

Consider John Adams:

“I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, tapestry, and porcelain.”

Consider Thomas Paine:

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace."

Consider: The Pilgrims, The Baptists, The Reformers, countless others who have stood, argued, raised a voice that we may have the truth of God's Word available

Consider:

1. How we vote

2. How we speak out

3. What we do

Application points: 

Bible project

Read your Bible

Awareness of current issues

Willingness to act

 

Evening Outline

Nehemiah 6

I. Distraction again--notice the recurring theme? 

     A. Constantly there is opposition

     B. Sometimes opposition wants you to start by taking a break

     C. It is a constant effort to stay focused

II. Call on God to deal with the evil people

     A. The obvious enemies: Tobiah, Sanballat

     B. The less obvious: prophets and prophetesses (Shemaiah and Noadiah)

III. Finish the task

     A. Every day may seem interminable

     B. Getting done, looking back will show how the work came

IV. You are being watched.

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