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March 4, 2020 1:00 am
Hello welcome to leading the way with pastor and author of the new Park saving Christianity Dr. Michael you Seth in the third chapter of Nehemiah men and women from all social, financial and occupational backgrounds come together one singular mission and today I'm leaving right Dr. you said helped you see how this is a challenge to the modern church. Each must stand alone and stand together for the sake of the gospel. Please remember that this program is listener supported meaning that Dr. Yousef relies on God's provision gives from those who touched encouraged and challenged by leading the way. Learn how you can stand with Dr. Yousef when you visit LTW.when you call 866-626-4356 Dr. Michael you Seth continuing his series called rebuilding our broken walls should get all the gifts both of the gates in which people go in and out of the city of Jerusalem. Every so many yards is a great one of those guides is the cheapskate and it's really probably one of the most significant in John chapter 5 Jesus healed the paralyzed man in the soul right next machine.
Jesus himself had to of gone through the sheep gate out into Golgotha now. The Bible does not say that he walked through the sheep gate but most likely, as he was bleeding disfigured carrying the cross bar on her shoulders, he would've gone through the sheep gate.
There is a significance.
Why Jesus went through the cheap good because that sheep gate was the gate through which thousands upon thousands upon thousands of sheep have gone through into the temple to be sacrificed for the people of God sent and all of these thousands of sheep would basically represent the prefiguring of the Lamb of God, the perfect Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and that is why he would've walked through that but also because it's the nearest demographer there is a reason why Nehemiah in his memoirs as he writes in this book inspired by the Holy Spirit, he says, and they started at the sheep gate our healing begins at the subject for us to have peace with God and peace with one another can never take place unless it is through the perfect Lamb of God who takes the sin of the world and let's all begin in Calvary there is no power to view and rebuilding any of the broken walls of our society today of our culture today about homes today in our churches today other than the power of the perfect Lamb of God who died on the cross and that is why Nehemiah chapter 3 the building of the broken walls of Jerusalem had to begin at the sheep gate.
Well, there are three principles in this chapter that we share them with you. And if you taking notes, write them down. There is consolidation there is cooperation and there is confirmation every one of those principles in magnificent display in this chapter let's look at them together. The first is consolidation throughout Nehemiah chapter 3 there's one phrase that is repeated over and over and over and over again. One phrase in fact that's a patent in the six key to understanding this chapter, verses one and two Elisha and the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilding the sheep gate that's natural because that's where the sheep are going to go in order to be sacrificed for the sins of the people everything. As I said begins at the sheep gate. Everything begins with first repairing your relationship with the perfect Lamb of God is whatever your relationship with the perfect Lamb of God is out of kilter not only our lives not only her family but also the church that you go to is out of kilter.
Everything begins at the sheep gate, then the statement is repeated and mixing and next to them and next to them and next to them and next to them that the accountant one of my colleagues that 21 times here in chapter 3 is the literal translation from the Hebrew language at their hands at the hands was at me. It means that these people around the wall and family groupings that were literally hand-in-hand estimate the hand-in-hand. In other words, there were like a human chain without a break. Without a gap. It's a human chain that had no division between them. It's a human chain was not this unitary beloved. This is the secret to victorious living. It is the secret to a victorious church. In fact, the apostle Paul makes the same argument in first Corinthians 1616 in first Thessalonians 512 Jesus is building I'm calm, celebrating his church with your hand in mine. Hand-in-hand we have to work hand-in-hand whereafter serve side-by-side. We have to leave it doesn't mean that we don't agree on some things of course.
But what united on the very core of the gospel. We are united on the belief and inspiration and the infallibility of the word of God. Beloved, we get into trouble will begin to forget that we are co-laborers with Christ that we are coworkers with Christ, that we ought to work as consolidated force and that is why through the years. Those who could not unite with us on the heart of the gospel. Those who could not unite with us on the infallibility of the Scripture could not stay and that's fine because that way God can really work with government, he can really work with those who are left to serve and witness and belief, and walk in faith. That's why I'm excited about the future.
I really am. I'm excited about the future and the vision that God has given us for the future. If you look at the MIS reactor. There's a list of 39 names 21 groupings and you would not believe the diversity of this mob.
I mean there were as different as chalk and cheese.
And yet, each group was working on a certain section of the wall or a certain gate together hand in hand. Even the priests who normally do not do windows. I mean these guys do not do menial work. They have exchanger investments for roles that were getting their hands dirty, even powerful politicians working side-by-side with the merchants and the perfumers and in the carpenters and the partners and on and on and on work together they came from far afield that were not a homogeneous group. I mean they come is for those of you know geography understand they came all the way from Jericho and they came all the way from Gibeon long distances. Some of the noblemen working together with the blue-collar workers hand-in-hand men and women infected notices mentioned some single women. What a great way to meet single men working though her doing the work of God. Why because my beloved friend listen to me. The ground at Calvary is level there is no one greater than the other. There is no one higher than the other. Jesus did not build his church to be an arena for spectators.
He has called every one of us to the playing field. Jesus called every one of us to be an active member to be part of the same body part of the 17 marginal orchestra where every instrument where is actually playing a different tune in the same way Jesus consolidates us in a single united force. The only people that there's not room for all those who are too prideful to do the Lord's work. The task of building the walls of our culture listen to the task of rebuilding the church is the task of rebuilding the walls of bringing those who have lost their way back to Christ. The task of rebuilding broken lives. The task of building discipleship is not easy. I know that you know that it is not easy part. We have the message of eternal life.
We have the message of the good news of the gospel message is worth it.
Of the name and we must never be ashamed of the gospel.
Never be ashamed of the gospel. Here's some questions I want everyone of you to ask yourself the question, if every member of the church is like me.
What kind of a church with Debbie if every member shared Christ as often as I do. If every member brought people to church as I do. If every member at the hands like I do. If everyone gives like I do. If everyone sacrifices like I do. If everyone serves like I do. If everyone prayed like I do.
What kind of a church with a day would be a vibrant spirit filled Bible believing church.
The principle of consolidation is the secret to a vibrant people of God. Consolidation in this corporation as a people of God got consolidated together, they become united in cooperation with one another. You see peace within and peace around cannot happen without the power of the Holy Spirit of God, uniting us the bond of peace and unity of the spirit must go hand-in-hand, factions and dissension does not bring peace, unity does but the human nature the way it is. The personality differences personality types and an indifference to the call of God, suspicion, and conflict all make the task of rebuilding the walls very difficult if not impossible, but when all that is buried and set aside for the sake of Christ. When all of that is submitted to Christ authority when all of that takes a backseat to the love of Jesus Christ. When all of that is set aside for the task of obedience to Christ. Watch out and see what God can do at that point God gets the glory. But we get the blessing we get the blessing individually and we get the blessing corporately when every member of the body, discover his spiritual gift and uses his or her spiritual gifts God has honored and rewarded.
I can think of a better way than that and that is why Paul first versus chapter 12 verse 40 said there are different kinds of gifts is a diversity, but in the same spirit that's in unity and Nehemiah building team was as varied as diverse as they come original due and yet they work together.
Why so that the name of the land be lifted. Some remove debris's some mixed mortars. Some will foreman and some were chiseling and shaping stone.
Some were laying stone. Everyone was doing something. But sadly like it is the case, often there are some who decided to just sit and watch the others work and happen here. Believe it or not, right here in chapter 3.
Look at the second half of verse five, but the nobles of the color would not put their shoulders to the work under the supervision. Apparently there was a bunch of those people who just thought they really a cut above, so they sat in the shade sipping lemonade whatever they had pregnant watching people working in the heat of the sun may tell you when that happens, the other workers are people who are really working and giving of themselves and sacrificing your gun be discouraged becoming exhausted only going to be burnt out but is something else here. I don't want you to miss Nehemiah lists only the heads of the households who were taking part in the rebuilding unexplained that's important. Back then the really have my families.
Amen they really did have a very large families and if they put all the names down. You don't have to need not just one chapter going to need several books and so they did not mention every individual who taken part in the building of the wall. They did not mention each individual task that was taking place. You might think. Listen to me you I think that this was lost to history and maybe that these individuals were lost to history. But, beloved, listen to me. Make no mistake about it, these names will not lost to God.
He knows what every individual dared in the rebuilding of the wall in the same way people might not notice all that you do in serving God. People might not notice the required contribution that you are making for the work of God. People may never know the incredible sacrifices that you are making to meet needs and to allow the gospel to be proclaimed, but God knows and he never forgets and is the only one who can truly reward you listen to Hebrews 610 God is not unjust. He will not forget that you say that he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Here's a good news and the good news is this is the only one who can truly adequately reward you anyway is only one that counts, and he is not missing a beat, watching you and watching me and we are blessed church were so many people who are truly faithful and giving of themselves, a sacrificing of themselves. The problem arises when the few who would draw the tear down the buildup. Are you with me.
Unfortunately, that causes paralysis and lessens the impact of a church there was consolidation there was cooperation. Finally, there was a confirmation. One of Nehemiah's task was not only helping he got his hands dirty.
Any help in the rebuilding, but one of his task. Obviously you can see that from the text that he was an encourager. He was a motivator. He was a cheerleader, let me urge you not to neglect the gift of encouragement be always encouraging of others and sometimes your presence is an encouragement. Don't wait for people to come to you got, don't just sit back and say well the church did this, the church did. That was about it tells us about where is the church who is a church where the fact that Nehemiah came to Jerusalem from a thousand miles away living in the lap of luxury in private, but he just came in their start work on that. He puts all the signs down them. I've got some help, but at least he wrote these names down for millions and millions of people to read them throughout history. What a great affirmation confirmation for the faithfulness of these folks know that he brought the names down.
He knew them by name. Romans 13 seven said give honor to whom honor is due. This sometimes we forget and take faithfulness for granted operator God that I don't. Sometimes I close my eyes and as I was preparing this in our thinking what the excitement must've been like when all these families all around the wall building and rebuilding and doing work and must be an exciting thing and then I realize I said no. I will wait a minute, it is nonetheless amazing that the creator of the universe wants to use your love steers me to rebuild desolate lives to build the broken walls of unbelief to rebuild the broken walls of false belief systems all around us, it should humblest be on measure that the God of the universe wants to use us now. That will get you out of your slump in a hurry get you out of your grumbling spirit in a hurry, the God of the universe wants to use you. The question is are you reluctant are you in different do you think that for granted are you taking your task for granted and belittling what gift God has given you what he wants to use you.
Leon Trotsky was one of the leading figures in the Bolshevik revolution.
He was a founding member of the Soviet Union.
Trotsky was the first leader in the Soviet red Army and also one of the first to be member of the Politburo two years before the Bolshevik revolution. He was taken into exile. Guess where United States is in exile and illustrates one Sunday a friend invited him to come and attend the Sunday school class with him in Chicago southern go along to the Sunday school class when Trotsky and his friends arrived in the room. They waited and they waited and they waited in the Sunday school teacher didn't turn up in the range was somebody from informing I'm not hearing judgment.
I'm just telling you that sometimes the little things had great impact in the sad part about this is a Trotsky was so offended by the no-show. He really wants and he expressed it now convinced that only in heaven will know whether this was the only one opportunity in which you could've heard the gospel message on the love of Jesus Christ. In fact, there is no indication that Tosca ever attended church or Sunday school ever get. But if the teacher had been present. He's had somebody else to take his place.
Somebody else was arranged to share the love of Christ. There is no telling what this young revolutionary.
How would he reacted and how history would been rewritten. I know some of his and Michael don't you believe in the sovereignty of God.
Harsh nobody believes in the song he got more than I do.
But also believe in man's responsibility. I believe in the faithfulness of man is very important.
Scripture is clear God longs to use every one of us and that is why he gave every one of us a spiritual gift, if not more. Will you say here I am Lord usually in the rebuilding father. I know some of the folks many of them. Most of them I don't know every one of but thank God you do your the search of the heart and father upright in the name of Jesus that if your Holy Spirit has spoken to our hearts that were not one single person would turn a blind eye and lesion father I pray in the name of Jesus. Let your Holy Spirit. Hound us until every one of us unite together and consolidation and unity, and indeed in confirming one another encouraging one another and so father we trust you will trust your Holy Spirit in his power to work. Might this be the time to rebuild for I know that's what you calling us to do.
I pray this in the mighty precious matchless name. The name that's above every name in that claim sooner or later the every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess and whether they like it or not, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father in that name.
I amen using painful in your responsibilities. This is leading the way with Dr. Michael, you set here more challenging messages online through leading the race smart phone or tablet dicing keyword to your smart speaker and more.
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