Nehemiah Part 10– The Gates of Jerusalem 2

April 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In our study of Nehemiah, we have been learning some basic principles of the Christian life.

In this week’s message, we are looking specifically at the gates of Jerusalem in nehemiah’s time and the order in whcih they were repaired. As we do that, we see that the gates themselves become an interesting and powerful metaphor for growth in the Christian life– for the discipleship process.

This message is the second of four on the gates of Jerusalem (unfortunately, the audio for the first one didn’t come out well enough to post).

WARNING:

YOU MAY NEED TO ADJUST THE VOLUME WHEN THE MESSAGE BEGINS BECAUSE IT WAS RECORDED WITH A HIGH GAIN. (if you don’t know what that means, you will once you listen!)

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June 23, 2013 | Nehemiah 3| Sermon | Virginia Beach Church |Download Audio

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April 28th News

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This week we are continuing our series in the Book of Nehemiah entitled Hand me Another Brick. Last week, we focused on Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah 1:5-11. We discovered 6 elements to effective prayer– and I thought that I would remind us of those points to consider as we go through our week…

6 elements of effective prayer

1) Praise the characteristics or attributes of God

2) Confess the characteristics and attributes of man

3) Remember God’s promise

4) Receive God’s promise

5) Make a specific request

6) Keep asking

A couple of key questions to consider as we think about prayer:

“Is there a limit to God’s power?”

“Is there a limit to God’s love and compassion?”

This week, we will grab another “brick” from the story of Nehemiah from Nehemiah 2:1-9. Read these verses to prepare for Sunday and see what God reveals to you about this story, your own life, and his incredible grace in Jesus.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

Nehemiah Part 3– Brick of Prayer

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In this message, we take a look at a prayer from Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:5-11) that gives us some elements we can use to implement in our own prayers. But even more importantly, we learn about the power of prayer and the grace of Jesus.

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March 24, 2013 | Luke 19:28-44 | Sermon | Virginia Beach Church |Download Audio

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April 21th News

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This week we are continuing our series in the Book of Nehemiah entitled Hand me Another Brick. During the next several weeks we will be learning some principles to restore different walls in our lives just as Nehemiah restored the wall of Jerusalem.

Last week we saw that Nehemiah took immediate action when he learned that Jerusalem’s wall remained in ruins– he brought his concerns before God. This week we will take some time to look at Nehemiah’s prayer as it is recorded in Nehemiah 1:5-11. Read this prayer in preparation for our time on Sunday. As you do, ask yourself some questions:

1) What does Nehemiah say about God?

2) What promises has God made?

3) How have people related to God?

4) What does Nehemiah ask for?

Finally, ask yourself what you can relate to in the prayer and what you don’t understand. We will take some time to unpack these words and see how and where they are applicable to our lives and circumstances.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

Nehemiah Part 2– Bricks of Need

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Nehemiah Part 2- Bricks of Need

One of the first steps of facing an issue of problem is recognizing a need. In this message we see how Nehemiah recognizes a need and begins the process of meeting it.

NOTE: Unfortunately, the input levels were a little off on the recorder this week so the audio is a bit distorted… and the recording stopped before the end of the message. Sorry.

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March 24, 2013 | Luke 19:28-44 | Sermon | Virginia Beach Church |Download Audio

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April 14th News

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This week we are continuing the series we started last week on the Book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah is all about rebuilding and restoring. For Nehemiah, the focus was the walls of Jerusalem that had been broken down for over a hundred years. For us, the story is about walls in our lives that need to be restored and rebuilt so that we can then focus on others.

As I always say, I want to encourage you to read Nehemiah 1 to prepare for Sunday. But I will go further… I challenge you to read Nehemiah 1 before Sunday. In over 20 years of church ministry, I have never met a believer who has struggle with reading the Bible too much. I have, however, continually heard people confess they don’t read it enough (myself included!). Why not use this series as an opportunity to read something regularly. It’s really not that difficult. I will give you a portion of the Book of Nehemiah to read each week (and I’ll try to get this out earlier in the week) and you read it and consider what it says. As you read, ask yourself questions like:

1) What is hapening here?

2) What are the characters feeling?

3) What is significant?

4) Where does this relate to the circumstances in my life?

5) What does this tell me about God?

6) What does this tell me about Jesus (remember, Nehemiah can be seen as a type of Jesus)?

Those are just a few options– but the idea is to be engaged in what you are reading. The Holy Spirit will speak to you as you read… Listen to what he’s saying. Then, when we come together, I will share my thoughts and, together, we will apply these words to our lives.

Take the challenge. See what God will do.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

Nehemiah Part 1– The Broken City

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Nehemiah Part 1- The Broken City

This is part one of a series on the Book of Nehemiah. As we go through this book, we will discover many practical principles to help us participate in some wonderful things that God is doing in the world. But, perhaps more importantly, we will see a portrait of Jesus and what he has already done for us.

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March 24, 2013 | Luke 19:28-44 | Sermon | Virginia Beach Church |Download Audio

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April 7th News

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On Easter, we looked at the the fact that death was not part of God’s original design– but, instead, it is a result of sin. Sin causes a lot of problems and brokenness in our world, but Jesus has defeated sin (and death!) and is restoring everything.

This week we will begin a series that will look at the story of Nehemiah from the Old Testament. It’s all about rebuilding and restoring. I believe that it is a great follow-up to Easter because God invites us to join him as he restores people and creation.

To get an idea of where we will be heading in the next month or so, read this description of the up-coming series…

The Book of Nehemiah tells the story of how an ordinary man did something extraordinary with God. Nehemiah knew that God wanted him to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls and he took action. But this is not just a story about the physical walls around a city– it is also about the spiritual walls around our hearts.

In this series, an ancient man by the name of Nehemiah is going to hand us a few bricks—bricks we can use to build a character of such quality that your faith can’t be destroyed. But these bricks aren’t just for our faith—they can be used to rebuild and restore your family, your church, your community and your world.

Grace and peace,

Doug

Easter Sunday: Death Loses its Sting!

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Easter Sunday: Death Loses Its Sting!

The resurrection of Jesus demonstrates that God, in his great love and mercy, has taken care of the two biggest problems we all face: sin and death. Just as several women went to a graveyard on Easter morning only to find that the tomb was empty, we can discover the same thing today– and that gives us incredible hope.

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March 24, 2013 | Luke 19:28-44 | Sermon | Virginia Beach Church |Download Audio

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