Sermons

Rebuilding the walls (Nehemiah 2:11-20)

Rev.Dr. Peterson WangómbeRev.Dr. Peterson Wangómbe, July 17, 2016
Part of the Empowered To Overflow series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service

Introduction

The life of a Christian can be compared to a house or a wall.
The wall of a house, or a fence or anything of that matter,
offers protection to those inside. When the walls fall, those
inside become vulnerable to attacks. But walls may not fall
just at once. They may develop cracks in various areas of
weakness. They need to be consistently inspected and
repaired. As we study this passage in Nehemiah, let us reflect
not only on church building and other projects but also on our
own spiritual condition.

Read Nehemiah 2:11-20.
Broken walls

1. In Nehemiah 1, we learn how Nehemiah, who was the
King’s cup-bearer, heard about the sorry state of the walls of
Jerusalem; and his resolve to have them repaired even though
he was fairly comfortable in the King’s palace. Try to recall the
background of this story.

Now, describe what Nehemiah is doing in these verses
(2:11-20).
Repairing broken walls

2. In verses 17&18, Nehemiah rallies the remnants and
returning exiles to join in the work of repairing the wall. Why
was it important to talk to the people? How did they respond?
Opposition to the work

3. In verse 19-20, identify the people mentioned in this
passage and their reaction to Nehemiah’s efforts. Why do
you think they behaved this way? How did Nehemiah
respond?

4. Nehemiah teaches both spiritual and management lessons.
Identify and share with your group a few lessons from today’s
reading.

Memory verse
Nehemiah 2:18 “...Come; let us rebuild the wall...”

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