Nehemiah 13

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The Ongoing Need for Correction and Repentance
Nehemiah 13

INTRODUCTION
How do you respond to confrontation? Do you respond with repentance, or
do you react in anger? Does the issue suddenly become the person confronting
you? Do you tell him or her never to talk that way to you again?
What about the times you have had to confront others? Do you look back on
that with regret, perhaps wishing you had not taken that course of action, or do
you look back praying that God would use your imperfect attempts for good?

WHAT IS GOD’S WORD SAYING?

I. Renewal of Separation (v.1-3)

A. We also fail at our commitments.
B.Are you dealing with persistent sin in your life? Your struggle against
persistent sin is a cause for encouragement because the fact that you
struggle means that God has not given you over to it. God continues to
convict you, continues to show you kindness by leading you to repentance,
just as He did with the nation of Israel.

II. Nehemiah Cleanses the Temple (v.4-14)

A. Illustration of Closet, you better fill it with what you want because if you do
not someone else will fill it for you.
B.We take sin in a little at a time. But sin always takes us further than we ever
wanted to go and costs us more than we ever wanted to give.
C.Why has the house of God been neglected?

1. I think their reply to this question would go something like this: The house
of God is neglected because we need things that Tobiah has, and we are
providing for Tobiah so that Tobiah will provide for us.
2. Nehemiah’s answer to that would no doubt be: The lord has things that
you need, and you need to provide for the worship of the Lord and trust
Him to provide for you.
3. They were stealing from God, by not giving.

III.Nehemiah Enforces the Sabbath (v.15-22)

IV.Nehemiah Cleanses the People (v.23-29)

V.Summary and Forward-Looking Prayer (30-31)

WHAT IS GOD’S WORD TEACHING US?
When you are confronted in your sin, convicted, and brought to repentance,
it is because God has shown you merciful love.

HOW DOES IT POINT US TO CHRIST?
Jesus cleanses the temple in the New Testament and he cleanses the
people.

WHAT CHANGES MONDAY?
Trials and sufferings will do one of three things.

I. They will crush you
II. They will leave the same
III.Or, They will make you better

A.Illustration of lifting weights. Illustration of a getting a degree.
B.That is what God wants to do with you and your life. No one accidentally
becomes more like Christ you have to be intentional.

CONCLUSION
There will come a day when God’s people no longer need to be summoned
to repent, when we will no longer need correction. Between now and then, the
only way that we are going to be able to love each other and get lanolin in
healthy and happy relationships is for us to confront sin and respond in humility
and repentance when confronted. That is the only way to have good
relationships— until the day, that hoped for day, when we are made like the One
for whom we long.

RECAP

I. Nehemiah rebuilds more than just walls and gates, he rebuilds a community.
II. We learn in Nehemiah that Jesus is the rebuilder of everything broken.
III. We learn that following Jesus is not just a one time event, but that we must
be intentional in following and obeying Him.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. If and when a person confronts you about sin, do you tend to become angry and defensive, or do you repent out of humility and gratitude for the correction? Explain why.
  2. If you have not been recently confronted about your sin, do you have regular fellowship with other Christians?  Are you a member of a church? Are you part of a small group or Sunday School class?  Is it possible that other Christians have given up on the possibility of confronting you?
  3. When was the last time you confronted a brother or sister in Christ about his or her sin?  If you have not done this lately, are you in fellowship wither other Christians?
  4. Do you see how confronting other Christians in their sin is actually a gracious and loving thing to do?  Why or why not?
  5. Based on how you respond to various methods of confrontation, how should you go about confronting others about their sin?
  6. If your body is now the temple of the Holy Spirit, are there virtual Ammonites that have taken up residence in the chambers of the temple?  are you setting your mind on the things of the flesh?
  7. If your FBC Magnolia is also the temple of the Holy Spirit, are there virtual Ammonites that have ensconced themselves in the congregation?  Does your church need to practice church discipline (Matt 18:15-18)?  Explain discipline’s importance.
  8. What did Nehemiah mean when he prayed that God would “remember” him, what he had done, and what others have done?  What would you like God to remember about your life?
  9. Do you bring your concerns to the Lord as consistently as Nehemiah did?  What can you do over the next week to develop better prayer habits?
  10. What has the Lord taught you through your study of the book of Nehemiah?

You can watch the full sermon here: https://vimeo.com/195216465

 

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