NEHEMIAH 6: Chapter 4 Sermon Transcript

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 … Continue reading NEHEMIAH 6: Chapter 4 Sermon Transcript

NEHEMIAH 5: Overcoming Verbal Assaults by Faith

"When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can … Continue reading NEHEMIAH 5: Overcoming Verbal Assaults by Faith

NEHEMIAH 4: Gateways Into God’s Presence

At first glance, Nehemiah's rebuilding project of the walls of Jerusalem can seem quite...well...unspiritual. Is it all about brick and mortar?  Is the purpose strictly practical and militaristic?  Are the walls being rebuilt merely to keep the city safe from enemy attack?  I think not. The clue to the deeper motivation behind Nehemiah's project, and … Continue reading NEHEMIAH 4: Gateways Into God’s Presence

NEHEMIAH 3: More than Monotonous

At first glance, Nehemiah chapter 3 is a monotonous list of random people doing seemingly mundane tasks (e.g., "So and so repaired such and such gate, putting in the doors and hinges...").  Yet, digging deeper we find a beautiful picture of an entire community -- local families, business owners, religious leaders, neighborhoods -- all uniting … Continue reading NEHEMIAH 3: More than Monotonous