Nehemiah 3:1-32 – “Building the Wall”

Nehemiah 3:1-32

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, July 13th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • Nehemiah is prayed up and put together a plan
  • The city is in ruins and the people are in place.
  • NOW THE WORK BEGINS.
  • Rebuilding the wall
  • Chapter 3 is a list of people and their assignments.
  • At first glance you may not see the spiritual relevance for today.
  • But it is a great lesson on the people of God doing the work of God.
  • Lessons is serving with others
  • Lessons in leading others.
  • TRUE LEADERS ARE TRUE SERVANTS

The Why of the Work

From an Eternal Perspective – God’s Glory

2:17 – Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” (ESV)

  • The people had been judged
  • They were shamed

Psalm 48:1–2

              [1] Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised

                             in the city of our God!

              His holy mountain, [2] beautiful in elevation,

                             is the joy of all the earth,

              Mount Zion, in the far north,

                             the city of the great King. (ESV)

1 Cor. 10:31 – The glory of the God!

From a Practical Perspective – Their safety and protection

Wall and the Gates

Built

  • Literally rebuilt
  • Nothing new (no new program… get back to God’s original plan)

Repair

  • Make strong
  • Lasting

THE WHY OF THE WORK

  • HIS GLORY
  • THEIR BENEFIT (and others)
    • The safety and security

The People of the Work

38 people are mentioned. Over 40 groups are mentioned

Many were faithful, but some were not

  • v. 5 – The nobleman would not stoop to serve
    • “Put their shoulders to the work”
    • It was beneath them
  • Tekoties – did more v. 5, 27
  • Others also – vv.  11,19,21,24,24,27,30

Each had a section and task

  • Planning
  • Delegating
  • Do more together.

It is no different today…  it takes ALL OF US

1 Corinthians 12 and 14

  • The spiritual gifts
  • Each one different, yet makes one

Eph 2:19-22

  • Nation
  • Family
  • Building
  • Temple

The Blessing of the Work

The wall was complete!

  • Task finished

The strengthening of the people

  • They came together
  • Saw the hand of God
  • The blessings of obedience

What about us today?

As we all serve, we know that it brings Glory and Honor to God.

As we all serve, we see others come to a growing faith in Jesus Christ

As we all continue to serve, we see the Kingdom continue to grow!

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 – “Orderly Worship: Head Coverings”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 10th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 11:2-16

INTRO

  • Remember the previous section… teaching on our freedoms in Christ
  • Here we see Paul begin a section teaching on the importance of worship vv. 11:2-14:40
  • Particularly here… Head coverings in worship v. 11:2-16
  • Their liberties were beginning to impact the purity of the church.
    • Women were treated much better and given many more rights within the church as compared in society
    • Women were treated as second class citizens (consider the Middle East today
    • Where they pushing their liberties too far?
  • Culture then… Culture now

First things first… let us read the text and I will provide a running commentary


Here are few things as we consider the content of the text

God is our creator

  • He is the creator, and we are the created
  • He rules and reign over His creation
  • Gen 2
    • v. 18 – Not good for man to be alone.  I will make him a helper fit for him.
    • v. 20 – for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.
    • v. 24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
  • Man was created first
  • Not good to be alone
  • God provided a partner/helper.
  • Men and women are created differently
  • A perfect fit (complement each other)
  • Two coming together to form one.
  • Ephesians 5:22-33 – The picture of marriage

The Consideration of Primary and Secondary Issues

  • We often hear. What does it matter? Why make a big deal about it?
  • It distracts us from the main thing. It has nothing to do with how someone is saved.
  • What is at stake is the inerrancy, infallibility, and sufficiency of Scripture… and the is not a secondary issue.

God’s plan (order, role, purpose)

  • Jesus did not send the Father but the other way around. 1 Cor. 15:24-28
  • Christ submitted to the will of the Father John 6:38
  • The Church today
  • The Family today
    • Look at our society today
    • Women, Men, Children… they are deciding who they want to be
    • This is a direct defiance to who God made us to be.
  • Our Society today
    • Little respect for authority
    • Coaches, Teachers, Civil Authority (My how things have changed)
  • SO GOES THE CHURCH… SO GOES SOCIETY

Conclusion

  • We are equal in value, personal worth, and spirituality before God, but we are made different.
  • With this comes the idea of responsibility and purpose (we complement each other)
  • We should find our joy in who God has created and called us to be.
  • Finding our joy and purpose in Christ.
  • Jesus is enough

1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1- “Our Responsibility with Christian Liberties”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, July 3rd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

1 Corinthians 10:23–11:1

INTRO

  • Previously – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 on May 8th
  • Then… meat sacrificed to idols
  • Now… the freedoms we have as Christians
  • How much freedom/Christian liberties do I have as Christian?
    • Legalisms – I have rules I must follow
    • License – I can do anything
  • What are we free to do?
  • I think we can ask ourselves a few questions to get to the right outcome.
    • What can I do?
    • What should I do?
    • Why am I doing it? (this helps us with the should)
    • How will it impact others? (this helps us with the should)

What can I do?

All things are lawful for me…v. 22a

  • Obviously, Scripture is the absolute in our decision making.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • 2 Peter 1:3-4; 10
  • We should never go against what Scripture teaches.
    • Old Testament
    • New Testament
  • Our liberties are the decisions in the “gray” area…. where Scripture does not speak.

What should I do?

But not all things are helpful… not all things build up. v. 23

Remember, the thing we are “doing” is seen by others.  This is not just a personal decision between me and the Lord.  It is a decision that has public consequences.

You can, but should you?

  • Is it helpful (profitable)?
  • Does it buildup (edify)?
  • Will it build up?
  • Will it tear down?

Think about the impact it will have on you and on others.

  • At the end of the day, what is the benefit.
  • I ask myself this more as I have gotten a little older

v. 24 – Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

Two other questions that help with the SHOULD

Why am I doing it?

The passion behind our decisions … the reason we do what we do

For Me or Others

What if we changed our WHY?????

  • Our life (purpose, passion) would change for all eternity.
  • Most of our why is self… rather than others.
    • Even with our liberties… we become self-serving and flaunt our freedoms in Christ.
    • We focus on our life, future, peace, and happiness

How will it impact others?

Build up others – v. 23

  • Sanctification

That they might be saved – v. 33

  • Salvation

vv. 32-33 – Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.  11-:1   Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Not seeking my own advantage

  • Just as Christ lived

Imitate me as I imitate Christ

  • What if we all lived in this way
  • I follow who is in front… ultimately Jesus
  • Example, after Example, after Example

Nehemiah 2:9-20 “A Faith that Works”

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, June 29th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Nehemiah 2:9–20

Intro

  • The balance of spiritual and practical leadership.
    • We can be a Godly person, but not good at the doing of things
    • We can be a practical hard worker and not be very spiritual
  • In these verses we some good practical leadership skills.
  • Nehemiah has a task to do, and he shows us how to get started.
  • He is a great example of having a faith that results in works.

Realize the situation at hand – vv. 9-11

The problem was rebuilding the wall

  • It was massive
  • It had been attempted before
  • There is intense opposition

It was big task, yet (remember) Nehemiah was a man of deep faith.

Develop a strategy to succeed – vv. 12-16

He went out on his own to see that city.

  • “PRAYER PLANNING”

We have great ideas, but how is our follow through????

  • Take the time necessary to think it through
  • Pray it out… write it out
  • Life is more than just an emotional decision, it takes planning
  • Ideas are easy… the strategy is where we get bogged down
    • Church life
    • Home life

Learn to involve others – vv. 17-18

Leadership is followship

  • Leadership is often about motivation
  • Leadership is not just telling…
  • I follow Jesus, others follow me, and etc.

The great commission… “make disciples”

  • Disciples making disciples
  • Christian people are people persons.
  • Introvert or extrovert… we are about people.

I often see young men that love Jesus and the Bible, but struggle with people.

  • A call to pastor is more than just teaching… it is a call the SHEPHERD people.

Expect opposition to come – v. 19

They jeered and despised them

  • Yet, it was not them but the Lord’s purpose and plan
  • The world is not opposed to us… they are opposed to God

Remember that it is ultimately a work of God – v. 20

“The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build…”

1 Corinthians 10:14-22 “Flee Idolatry” part 2

1 Corinthians 10:14-22

INTRO

  • 1 Cor. 10:12-13 – Take heed lest you fall…No temptation has overtaken you… God is faithful… He has provided a way
  • The warning of idolatry
  • The danger of idolatry
  • The futility of idolatry

A quick review from last week…

https://pastorjonbeck.com/2022/06/19/1-corinthians-1014-22-flee-idolatry-part-1/

They were loved

  • My Beloved – v. 14

They were empowered

  • Sensible People – v. 15

The Warning of Idolatry – v.14

Flee – v. 14

Idolatry – v. 14

The Danger of Idolatry – vv. 16-20

Consider the picture of the Lord’s Supper – vv. 16-20

We fellowship at the Lord’s table

  • The Lord’s Supper
  • His body…His Blood

We fellowship at another

  • The table of Satan

The Futility of Idolatry – vv. 21-22

Futility of idolatry because of the hypocrisy of idolatry

You cannot worship both – 21

  • Either one or the other
  • Matt. 6:24 – Cannot serve two masters

God is a jealous God – v. 22

  • He will have no competition
  • Deut 4:24
  • Exodus 34:14

Romans 1:18-32 – The condemnation of the unrighteous Gentiles

  • Romans 1:24-25 – GOD GAVE THEM UP
    • He removed the restraints.
    • He allowed their sins to run their course
  • Revelation 21:5-8 – Lake of fire

Are we stronger than He – v. 22

2 Questions to Consider:

Can we find what we are looking for in anything other that God?

  • Are the objects of trust better?
  • Do we think He cannot do what He promises?
  • Our fulfillment, purpose, and meaning in life

Do we think we can get away with it?

  • The danger of using God as a “token of religion”
  • I am a Christian, but I am going to do what I want
  • Do we really think God will allow such hypocrisy?

1 Corinthians 10:14-22 – “Flee Idolatry” part 1

1 Corinthians 10:14-22

INTRO

  • 1 Cor. 10:12-13 – Take heed lest you fall…No temptation has overtaken you… God is faithful… provided a way
  • The warning of idolatry
  • The danger of idolatry
  • The futility of idolatry

A couple of things to consider first:

They were loved

My Beloved – v. 14

  • Paul’s words are motivated by love and concern
  • Love one another – John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (ESV)
    • Love enough to care
    • Love enough to receive

They were empowered

Sensible People – v. 15

  • Practically wise. Doing based on our knowledge
  • They were a young church, YET that had all they needed to live out a faithful life.
  • I have no doubt you can do it!
  • Spirit of God, Word of God, People of God
  • 2 Peter 1:3–11

The Warning of Idolatry – v.14

Flee – v. 14

  • Get way from… danger
  • Flee, Flee, Flee
  • Flee from Sin – 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1
  • Flee from fornication – 1 Cor. 6:18 (1st letter and 2nd letter…. flee!)

Idolatry – v. 14

  • Worshiping anything other than God
  • We are called to worship God in a TRUE WAY
  • VERY SERIOUS SIN
    • Strikes at the heart of God and who He is
  • We are saying that GOD IS NOT ENOUGH
  • We make God into another image (into the image of our heart and desires)
  • Romans 1:20–23
  • More than just objects alone
    • Philosophies of life, Passion of life, Culture
  • Anything that has our primary concern and loyalty
  • Job, hobbies, future, family, and etc.

Exodus 34:14

It is not THE THING, but rather THE HEART OF OUR DESIRES for THE THING

(Next week)

The Danger of Idolatry – vv. 16-20

Consider the picture of the Lord’s Supper – vv. 16-20

The Futility of Idolatry – vv. 21-22

Futility of idolatry because of the hypocrisy of idolatry

You cannot worship both – 21

God is a jealous God – v. 22

Are we stronger than He – v. 22

Q & A with Pastor Jon – “How do we minister to our lost family members?

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, June 15th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Thoughts

  • We all have people that we love that we want to come to true saving faith in Christ.
  • After our VBS, we have young children we want to see come to true saving faith in Christ.
  • We look at the world in which we live and we desire for people to come to saving faith in the Christ.
  • Yet, how do we go about being used of God to see these conversions take place.

WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND HOW SALVATION WORKS

A person has a role in salvation

  • A person must respond
  • A person must repent of our sin and place our faith in Christ
  • If they do, then they WILL be saved.

John 1:12 – To all who did

John 3:16 – Whoever believes

Acts 2:38 – Repent

Acts 3:19 – Repent and turn

Eph. 2:8 – Our faith

God has a role in salvation

  • God has a much bigger role in salvation.
  • Think about how we pray for someone – “God please save my children”
  • Even though man is responsible… we must acknowledge God’s sovereignty.

Acts 16:14 – God opened the heart of Lydia

John 1:13 – Born of the will of God

2 Timothy 2:24-26 – God may grant them

Our Salvation Is:

  • Purposed by the Father
  • Accomplished by the Son
  • Applied by the Spirit

I TRULY believe both.

  • I responded to the Gospel on my own will.
  • Yet, I understand that God saved me.  (I did not save myself)

TWO BAD SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT

  1.  God has done everything He can do… the rest is up to us. (Arminianism)
  2. There is no human involvement (Hyper-Calvinism)

IF I believe God has done all that is necessary, and the rest lies in their decision of a person…

  • I will do whatever I can do to get someone saved.(repeat a prayer… do something)
  • I will rest in my ABILITY
  • We will do whatever it takes to see people saved (the unhealthy aspects of church growth)

IF I believe that man has no responsibility in the matter

  • I will not share the Gospel or believe in missions
  • I will not look for opportunities to share the Gospel
  • My life will have little desire to do “ministry”

MY MINISTRY (MY BALANCE):

I believe God is completely sovereign over all things

  • He saves.  I did not save myself.
  • He has provided and accomplished my salvation
  • He opens the mind and changes the heart

I responded to the Gospel message

  • I did not understand the deeper things of God when I became a believer.  I heard and believed.
  • Yet, now I do know.  I did not save myself.
  • This is truly grace!

THEREFORE, I LOVE AND TRUST IN THE GOSPEL

  • I do not need to trust anything else but the Gospel.
    • The gospel saves not my personality or presentation.
    • We are to do all things with excellence, but it is God that saves through the hearing, believing, and trusting in the Gospel
  • It is through the Gospel that God brings about redemption
    • I want to do my best to be crystal clear with the message.
    • It is not just A, B, C.  I want to be patient and clear.
  • It is the Gospel by which a person responds

THEREFORE:

  • We are praying people
  • We are proclaiming people
  • We are persuading people
  • We are PEOPLE THAT LOVE TO DO MINISTRY
    • Build relationship
    • Share the Gospel
    • Disciple believers

CONCLUSION

How to make the greatest impact.

  • You believe and live out the Gospel in front of your friends and family. (Our witness … our character)
  • Love those that you believe are lost
  • Trust in the divine plan of God
    • Trust the process
  • Expose them to the Gospel
  • Pray daily

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “Living for His Glory”

1 Corinthians 10:31

INTRO

  • As we continue our walk through 1 Cor… this week I am doing things differently. I am jumping ahead, but next week will go back
  • At VBS we have learned about being Created, Designed, and Empowered.
  • Today we can see a great picture of what we have been C, D, & E to do.
  • LIVE FOR HIS GLORY

Glory – something that is worthy of praise or exaltation; brilliance; beauty; renown.

  • To glorify God is to reflect or display Him as glorious (John Piper)
  • Our whole being
    • Words – Who we say we are.  Our faith
    • Actions – How we life. Choices we make
    • Character – Moral qualities of our life
  • Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever
  • Soli Deo Gloria

God’s glory has two aspects

His inherent glory – It belongs to Him because of who He is.  If no one where to ever give Him praise, He would still be glorious… He has always been glorious…even before creation.

His ascribed glory – To recognize and acclaim the glory God already has.  Psalm 29:1-2

Baptist Faith & Message – 2000 – There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being

The Basis of a God Glorifying Life

Faith and Trust

  • Rom. 4:20-21– Abraham’s life of faith

Abiding

  • John 15:8-9 – Abiding in Him and bearing fruit

Holiness

  • Joshua 7:19-20 – Achan’s confession of sin

Contentment

  • Phil.4:19-20 – Learn to be satisfied

Suffering

  • 1 Peter 4:16 – For Christ

Thanksgiving

  • Psalms 50:23 – As His sacrifices