This is the transcript/notes from a sermon preached at MainStreet Covenant Church on November 13, 2011, as a rally cry to mobilize a community to join us in furthering the mission of MainStreet in Mound. This was the 3rd monthly preview service before beginning regular weekly worship in 2012.
Nehemiah chapter 3 is misleading if taken on it’s own. In reading chapter 3, one gets the impression that the project rolled along smoothly as each person does their part. However, chapter 4 continues the narrative and gives us a more in depth look at how the project really went forward, and more importantly, how Nehemiah and his crew overcame many obstacles and harsh opposition!
Chapter 4 takes us to the front lines, like the movie Saving Private Ryan, and with shaky camera and real-life danger, gives us the detailed account of the rebuilding project. We find that this task was no walk in the park, but rather a feat of great courage, requiring gutsy determination, wise leadership, unity among the builders, a deep faith in God’s protection and a willingness to “work with all their heart” from sunrise to sunset.
This was a difficult message for me to prepare, as this chapter is chock full of innumerable insights for living — too many to unpack in one morning. For an entire month I’ve been swimming around in chapter 4 of Nehemiah, wrestling with where to focus my message today. Continue reading NEHEMIAH 6: Chapter 4 Sermon Transcript