Nehemiah 6:1–7:4 As the building of the wall comes to an end, Nehemiah still faces opposition, as we today face opposition. How can we endure in the face of danger, defamation, deception, and dilution? And how can we make sure that we keep our priorities right as we walk our Christian journey?
Nehemiah 5 What does the bible have to say about injustice? In particular, injustice when it is in the Church? We are to be marked, as people of God, by our justice and generosity— like Nehemiah was — which all stems from the fear of the Lord, we can therefore look forward to an even greater justice and generosity.
Various ‘I am weary, O God, and worn out’. So said a guy called Agur in Proverbs 30 – and so say all of us. Eight months into this pandemic, we are weary. But God tells us where to find refreshment for our bodies, minds, souls, strength, and heart.
Romans 5:1 Every year at Remembrance we give thanks for the peace that we enjoy as a nation, and we remember those whose sacrifice made this peace possible. But it is also an opportunity to reflect on another dimension of peace, which we may perhaps not think about so much, but which is even more important – and that is, peace with God. Why does it matter? And how do we get it?
Mark 4:1-34 Is the kingdom of God the best investment; is it going to succeed; is it worth me investing my time, money, energy, life in this venture? And how does the kingdom grow; what is the business plan; is it working? In this chapter we have a statement by the CEO with all the answers.
Mark 3:7-35 ‘Oh when the saints, go marching in, O Lord I want to be in that number’. If we understand what is at stake, we’ll want to make sure that we are in that number. But there are many ways to end up outside the people of God. And some who think they’re inside are actually outside. This passage reveals how to make sure we’re in.
Mark 2:18-3:6 In the UK more than half of adults identify as ‘religiously unaffiliated’, or ‘nones’ as they are called. It increases to 70% for those under 30. More and more people want nothing to do with religion – but the good news is, Jesus felt the same way about religion in his day. What is the difference between following Jesus and Christless religion? That’s what this talk explores.
Nehemiah 4 Nehemiah faces opposition to the building of the walls, in the same way we are expected to face opposition to the building of the people of God, but with trust in the sufficient promises of God we shall persevere.
Nehemiah 2:9-3:32 Do you ever get the fear of missing out? The good news of this week’s passage is that when it comes to building the people of God, we don’t have to! Nehemiah trusts God and the people get to work, just as we can trust that Christ will build his Church and can join in.
Nehemiah 1–2:8 In the face of extreme bad news God sends Nehemiah to rebuild his people, this isn’t a dramatic sending, but one that is soaked in prayerful obedience. How do we react when we hear bad news? How do we follow God when life is hard?