The Signs of Revival
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Now with our Bibles opened to Nehemiah, we are picking up where we left off last time together in the revival chapter: chapter 8.
In the first seven chapters we saw the challenge of repair. As Nehemiah evaluated the walls around Jerusalem, he saw the result of neglect. We read in 2.17, "You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach (disgrace).
You've got to love the response of the people of God in verse 18, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work." They had a God-size task before them and they said, "We're in! We're all in!"
Today, we have our own Nehemiah Project before us. After a two-year evaluation of our buildings by our Trustees, we have concluded that our walls may not be down, but they are on their way down without restoration.
Our membership has received a brochure containing information of the discovered needs and an estimated timeframe for completing the work. Our ELT, Trustees, Finance Committee and Church Treasurer have agreed that:
*we cannot increase our debt to do these projects.
*we must pay cash for each project.
*we will celebrate at the completion of each project.
*we will not begin the next project until the previous
project is completed and paid for.
That's why you've been asked to join the leadership of the church in making a seventeen month pledge for Project One. The cost for Project One is $1.5 million dollars.
Today, I am happy to report that we already have pledges from our church leadership for the amount of $__________. Next Sunday, May 5th, we're asking for the rest of our membership to turn in their pledge card with the hope, when they are all totaled, that we will have $1.5 million dollars in pledges.
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