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Live With the Word

July 11, 2013, 0 Comments

In my sixth message of our series “Build Up” on the book of Nehemiah, I moved into the eighth chapter. If you have been following along over the last few weeks, my message series at The Fellowship has been more of an overview of major ideas; rather than an in-depth exegesis of each passage.

You can see the previous posts of my sermon notes here:

The title of the sermon this week was “Live with the Word.”

Introduction:

  • Joan of Arc was born in the 15th century, a peasant girl in France. As a young lady, claiming divine guidance, she led the French army to several victories during the Hundred Years War.
  • In 1995, Barna research, asked who was Noah’s wife, 10% of Americans said Joan of Arc.
  • Read Nehemiah 8:1-12
  • Summarize Day One = Called, read, translated, made sense of the Scriptures, responded
  • Read Nehemiah 8:13-18
  • Summarize Day Two = Celebrated; look back at provisions, around at God’s current work, and ahead in anticipation

1. Our participation in God’s mission will only be as deep as our knowledge of God’s Word.

  • The Hebrew people could not fulfill what they did not know.
  • In the research done for my book Transformational Discipleship, we asked North American churchgoers: “How often do you read the Bible?”
  • Rarely or never – 18%
  • At least once a month – 22%
  • Once a week – 14%
  • A few times a week – 26%
  • Every day – 19%
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
  • The scriptures are not meant to increase our mental capacity but to equip for our daily living.
  • “The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the bible in our life and thoughts.” George Mueller
  • To join Jesus’ mission, begin by hearing from Him.

2. Conviction drives us toward joy because of the freedom found in righteousness.

  • The reaction of the Hebrews was sorrow over sin.
  • It was proper to experience.
  • Only when we are ready to reject shackles can we embrace freedom.
  • To truly understand freedom, we must have the moment of recognizing our slavery to sin.

3. God’s desire is for us to experience restoration when hearing His Word.

  • The Bible is God’s epic telling of His glorious pursuit for us—so that we will know Him and follow Him.
  • 2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”
  • The Word delivers the message of reconciliation; not separation.

4. Worship can become the natural reaction to God’s Word.

  • Enemy and sin want us to look back at our sin in guilt and shame. God wants us to look to Him for mercy and help.
  • The call of true Christian leadership is the call to worship the One who is worthy.

Conclusion:

  • Allow yourself to be confronted by the Word
  • Who are your 3 people? (I’ve been challenging our folks to identify three people to invest in and invite to a LifeGroup.)
  • Worship should lead to mission.

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