Nehemiah Materials for Ascension Presbyterian Church Small Community Groups
In anticipation of Pastor Nate Hitchcock's Sermons at Ascension Presbyterian Church Fall 2011 – Winter 2012
The following pages have portions of the text of Nehemiah (English Standard Version - ESV) along with some stimulating questions and background information prepared by Barry McWilliams. Because the various Small Community Groups are meeting every other week, some of the pages will have text and materials for the following two weeks.
They are not intended for a detailed study of the texts, but to introduce the texts in anticipation of hearing the Word proclaimed at Ascension Presbyterian Church.
Following these pages are some additional materials, including
A Chart of the Historical Background of Ezra-Nehemiah which is hot linked to numerous
Wikipedia pages on the Kings, Kingdoms, Bible Books, etc.; A Diagram of the Themes of Ezra-Nehemiah:
God's good hand restores His Covenant People; A Bibliography of further reading, including popular studies, commentaries, and web study resources found on the internet, also hotlinked.
Sermons are available to be listened to, or downloaded in mp3 format on Ascension's Web site
- Sermon 1: Nehemiah 1:1-4 "First Things First" Where are we in God's Story? Who was Nehemiah? What can we learn from this account?
- Sermon 2: Nehemiah 1:5-2:9 "A Divine Appointment" God will provide the man. God's work begins on our knees. God calls you to walk in faith.
- Sermon 3: Nehemiah 2:10-20 "The Nuts and Bolts of God's Work" God's Work begins with God; requires a God centered vision; prayerful planning; and both risk and faith.
- Sermon 4: "Next to him . ." God's Work needs Everybody - From leaders like Eliashib the High Priest and Malchijah Son of Rechab to the common people of Tekoa; from men like Uzziel, a goldsmith, and Hannaniah, a perfumer; to town officials like Rephaiah and Shallum and his daughters; even repentant sinners like Malchijah, Son of Harim - to willing humble themselves and shoulder the tasks of building.
- Sermon 5: "The Wall meets a Wall" God's work can expect opposition, which God's people must meet with both prayer and preparations - because God's work is God's work.
- Sermon 6: "A Community of Grace" God's Work must proclaim and live mercy and grace.
- Sermon 8: "Conspiracy and Completion" Know the enemy of God's work uses distraction, slander and rationalizes sin, but God's Work will prevail.
Nehemiah 7:1-73 and 11:1-12:26
- Sermon 7: "Location, Location, Location" Nehemiah 7:1-73 (the problem) and 11:1-46 (the solution). God has the right to direct your steps. Remember what God has done, is doing, and will do.
- Sermon 8: "A New Foundation" Nehemiah 8:1-12 When God speaks, we must listen and we must be changed.
- Sermon 9: "You and the Book" Nehemiah 8:13-18 When God Speaks, we must respond; for God has spoken this for joy.
- Sermon 10: "Humility and Grace" Nehemiah 9:1-37 Pray that God's will at times will bring you low for God's grace is greater than our sin, and we can have boldness approaching Him in the midst of our brokeness.
- Sermon 11: "In View of God's Mercy: Part 1" Nehemiah 9:38-10:31 In view of God's mercy, commit yourselves to obedience, being distinctive - in your marriage and relationships and in your schedule.
- Sermon 12: "In View of God's Mercy: Part 2" Nehemiah 9:38; 10:32-39 In view of God's mercy, commit yourselves to His work - with a raised standard of giving of your treasure and gifts, giving what is needed and of your best.
- Sermon 13: "Keeping the Neighbors Up" Nehemiah 12 Worship is at the heart of life for God's people: its necessity, purpose, nature and witness.
A Chart of Nehemiah in its Biblical / Historical Context
- Sermon 14: "Comfortable Compromise" Nehemiah 13 - Be Vigilant because the enemy never quits, nor underestinate your weakness - faithfulness must be both passionate and prayerful.
A Chart of The Narrative Themes of Ezra - Nehemiah
All the Questions and Charts in one pdf file
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