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It Takes Guts! (1 of 13)
Series: Book Of Nehemiah
INTRO: One of the more difficult aspects of God's will is not so much knowing as much as it is DOING it! How does one accomplish God's will?
What is it that makes a man or woman a great man or woman of God?
You will never know God's great rewards unless you have also known about the great risks involved in doing God's will.
Look in history, those we know today were men and women who took such great risks, but they were calculated risks, not foolish ones. Such great courage had great payoffs:
Columbus' voyage to the new world.
Man's voyage to the moon.
The Apostle Paul's ministry brought the Gospel to the west and the world.
The ministry and life of Jesus.
Gideon's call to fight with only 300 men against a huge army!
ILLUS: Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? -- Frank Scully -- Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1992). Entry 1940.
PROP. SENT: You will never do anything for God if you don't have courage and take some risks! It takes guts to do God's will ... sissies can't make it in the kingdom or they will just remain fruitless in their walk with God!
I. CONCERN Neh. 1:1-4
A. Partnership Neh. 1:1-2
1. "One of my brothers and some other men came..."
a. Nehemiah's concern for his home territory was not alone!
b. He questioned the men about Jerusalem.
2. Prior to Nehemiah had been Ezra ... and before Ezra the beginning of Israel's return to Jerusalem to rebuild Solomon's temple that had been destroyed.
a. Haggai and Zechariah had ministered during this time period, and the story of Esther had happened.
b. Finally a group had gone back to Jerusalem and started to rebuild the temple, starting first with the altar.
c. When the foundation had been laid opposition had grown and they ceased from building until Haggai and Zechariah encoura ...
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