Nehemiah 2:1-8 – “A God Ask”

Nehemiah 2:1–8

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, May 8th.  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

  • In chapter one we saw the relationship that Nehemiah had with the Lord.
  • In this passage we see how his trust in the Lord allowed his calling and purpose to come into being.
  • Nehemiah has a burden for his people, but to act upon that burden could mean death.
  • The key was Nehemiah’s trust in YAHWEH… His trust in God.

He Trusted and Waited – vv. 1-3

It has been 4 months since he received the news of the condition in Jerusalem

  • He was seeking and waiting
  • Patience and trust
  • The idea of calmness

Heb. 6:12, Psalm 46:10

Prayerfully waiting on God’s perfect timing

He Trusted and Acted – vv. 4-8

His waiting… was so that he could act.

  • What he did in private allowed him to do what he did in public

HE HAD A BIG ASK

  • Let me go
  • Bless my vision
  • Pay for my vision

Nehemiah had a desire that was embraced by Artaxerxes… but ultimately it was God’s plan and purpose.

  • Proverbs 21:1
  • His Kingdom come, His will be done. Matt 6:9-13

Nehemiah’s Strategy

  • Nehemiah knew what God was asking him to do.
    • He had a vision and purpose
  • He thought through it
    • He had a plan to see it through
  • He acted upon it
    • A big ask

Q & A with Pastor Jon- “What is God like?” The Attributes of God part 2

Q & A with Pastor Jon is a teaching time utilized to answer questions that have been asked over the course of my ministry. 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.

“The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.”

A. W. Pink

God is a Consuming Fire

Heb. 12:29

  • A warning against idolatry Deut 4:23-25
  • Wrath and Judgment
  • Holiness and Power
  • His judgment in relation to His Holiness…THIS IS KEY

God is Omnipotent

Gen. 17:1, Jer. 32:17, Is. 43:13, Amos 9:2-3, Rom. 8:28

  • Perfect power
  • Perfect control
  • Power and control over everything Matt 6:26-30

God is Omniscient

Ps. 139:1-6, Rom. 11:33-36

  • God knows everything
  • God knows the details of life
  • Present and Future
  • His knowledge and His authority…He is the ultimate judge

The omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence of God. (The Gospel Coalition)

Truths to consider:

What we believe about God will be demonstrated by the way we live our life.

  • How we handle circumstances, adversity, & day to day trials.
  • How we handle and cultivate relationships inside and outside the body of Christ.

What we believe about God will be demonstrated by the way the Church…

  • Reaches out with the Gospel
  • Disciples and encourages within the body
  • Assembles for worship

Our life should point people to the greatness of God.  We must point people to the God of the Bible.

Philippians 4:10-23 “People of Contentment” part 1

My teaching notes for Wednesday night, Dec. 8th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching. They are provided to help you follow the sermon as you listen each week. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook at Tabernacle Facebook Page. We also provide the services through YouTube later on Wednesday evening at TAB YouTube. You can also find our Worship Guides, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer Lists and other resources at our Church Website.

INTRO

  • We are going to take the next couple of weeks to unpack these verses.
  • I want to start this week to consider the concept of being content.

“For I have learned in whatever situation I am in to be content”

  • Satisfied.  OK with what is going on.
  • Not looking for something else and focusing on the now.
  • Not grumbling or whining but living and praising.

When we are people who tend to live in discontentment, we are demonstrating the issues within our heart:

  • Placing our wants before our needs.
    • I desire this
    • I deserve this
  • We are demonstrating a small view of God
    • Is God really God?
    • Is He really in control (sovereign)?
    • Does He really know what is best?
    • Can I trust Him?
  • We live with a small view of the future
    • Everything is based on the present
    • The now verses the future

Listen to yourself – Am I negative more than positive about life.

Listen to your prayers – What am I praying for?

  • More needs or more praise.
We must get to the point that we begin to thank God for our circumstances and ask Him to use them to change us as we glorify Him.

Philippians 4:4–6 – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. [5] Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; [6] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (ESV)

Here is a great article on “Practicing Contentment”

“Practicing Contentment” Stephen Yuille

Next week we look further at this text and consider:

  • The Providence of God
  • The Power of God
  • The Provision of God