4/17/16 – The Side of Leadership We Rarely Notice – Nehemiah 2:9-20

The Side of Leadership We Rarely Notice

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John Stange

Nehemiah 2:9-20

I. Expect opposition (v. 9-10)

2 Corinthians 2:14-16 – But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,16 to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?

II. Know what you’re talking about before you speak (v. 11-16)

Ecclesiastes 6:11, NLT – The more words you speak, the less they mean. So what good are they?

Matt. 7:24, 28-29 – “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.”

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.

III. Consider the motives of those who jeer you before you internalize their words (v. 17- 20)

Mark 15:29-30, NLT – 29 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. 30 Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

4/10/16 – The Good Hand of God at Work in Your Life – Nehemiah 2:1-8

The Good Hand of God at Work in Your Life

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John Stange

Nehemiah 2:1-8

I. Your fear might be evidence of faith in use (v. 1-3)

Hebrews 11:1-3, NLT – Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. 3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

II. Your prayers don’t have to be long to be genuine (v. 4-5)

Mark 12:38-40 – Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces.39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets.40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.”

III. Your faithfulness can be used by God to accomplish great things (v. 6-8)

Daniel 9:25-26a – Now listen and understand! Seven sets of seven plus sixty-two sets of seven will pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until a ruler—the Anointed One—comes. Jerusalem will be rebuilt with streets and strong defenses, despite the perilous times.

26 “After this period of sixty-two sets of seven, the Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing,