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Rebuilding Our Hearts and Our Church Home. Nehemiah Rebuilding God’s Way. First Thoughts A quote from David Wells: God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant His grace is too ordinary His judgment is too benign His Gospel is too easy - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Rebuilding Our Hearts and Our Church HomeNehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayFirst ThoughtsA quote from David Wells:God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant His grace is too ordinary His judgment is too benign His Gospel is too easy His Christ is too common

Nehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayThe truth? We marginalize God:We domesticate Him to serve our purposesThe situation in Nehemiah 9: They are finished with the Feast of Booths and are ready to take two more steps Chapter 9 is step 1, chapter 10 is step 2 They discover the nature oftrue repentance is a balance of grief and gladness

Nehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayA review of where we are in Nehemiah: Chapters 1 7 focus on reconstruction Chapters 8 13 focus on reinstruction Chapter 8 Rediscovery of Gods Word Chapter 9 Rediscovery of Gods Grace Chapter 10 Recommitment to follow Gods Word Nehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayTrue Repentance is prompted by the Word and work of GodThe world makes too much of man and too little of God, and so continues lost on a path to ruin Gods Word must do the work of convicting minds and hearts We will never know the truth without it!The people of Israel understood how they had failed God from the reading of the law by Ezra (Nehemiah 8)

Nehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayTrue Repentance is characterized by genuine sorrow v 1The nations first response was fasting, not fun When they fasted it hurt! The purpose was to recognize the depth of their sin Isaiah 6:1-5 reveals the God we sin against2 Questions: How do I show how serious I am about my sins? What do I call repentance?

Nehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayTrue Repentance faces the ugly truth of sin head on v 2They confessed their sins past and presentThey identified with sins they did not commit. Why? They acknowledged these actions were sinful They recognized their potential to do the sameThe nations prayer of sinfulness (lostness) vv 5-37 Note its specific nature They considered how their sin affected/offended a holy GodNehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayThis comes through between the lines Repentance recognizes I am undeserving . . . . . . and yet God is willing to extend grace to me These truths should rid us of the thoughts . . . . . . that we deserve something from Him . . . that we are OK apart from His grace The truth: we are lost without Him in our lives!True Repentance acknowledges the unworthiness sin producesNehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayTrue Repentance throws itself upon the Amazing grace of God vv 5-37It acknowledges the true character and nature of God The nation is told to stand up and praise Him v5 The nation is told He is sovereign vv 7-8 The nation is told of His care for them vv 9-10 The nation is told of His provision vv 11-12 The nation is told of His Word to them vv 13-15 The nation is told of His faithfulness in contrast to their sinfulness (lostness) vv 16-37Nehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayLast ThoughtsThe repeated truth in Nehemiah 9? We (Israel) have messed up and You have always graciously forgiven when we repent. Grace can . . . Meet a woman caught in adultery and . . . Meet a man who has wasted his life and . . . Meet a woman at a well with a dark past and . . . Meet a condemned man and . . . Meet you and I today and . . . Nehemiah Rebuilding Gods WayLast ThoughtsThe final word?True repentance walks a new path by the grace of God through salvation in Jesus Christ We need Jesus Christ as Savior because we are lost, not because we are bad We need Him as Spiritual Guide (the Holy Spirit) so we can grow in understanding & obedience of Him and the WordRebuilding Our Hearts and Our Church Home