Faster than a speeding cupbearer. More powerful than a Babylonian decree. Able to build tall city walls in a single bound. Look up in the Bible! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s….Nehemiah??? No, he may not wear a funny suit or have X-ray vision, but this Bible hero has something better on his side…a real faith in the one true and living God. We read of many exploits throughout God’s word, but safely tucked between Ezra and Esther is an incredible tale of prayer, persistence and dedication from a most unlikely of heroes, an exiled cupbearer for a Babylonian king. It’s unfortunate that this book often gets overlooked, because it is a model for God’s warnings, punishment and eventual restoration for those that seek Him and turn from their sins. And He can use ordinary men like Nehemiah to do extraordinary things.
Jerusalem was lying in ruins, and the gates were burned (Nehemiah 2:17). Meanwhile Nehemiah was living under the rule of a pagan empire, far away from his native homeland. But he never gave up on his hope to return there and help restore the city and its walls. When his opportunity came, he immediately did the superhero thing and went to God in prayer. After expertly convincing the king to help, Nehemiah went home to restore the city, aid the people in reconciliation and cause their enemies to lose confidence by understanding that God was on Israel’s side (Nehemiah 6:16). Not only did he accomplish these things, but he did so with leadership and compassion.
What was so important about rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem? What is it about Nehemiah that we can learn from today? As it turns out…plenty! So much so that we have dedicated our 2017 summer series to studying the attributes of this phenomenal man. It didn’t take a born superhero, just a man that talked often to God, studied His word, and had compassion and resolve to be a model leader through serving others.
So put down those comic books and come out to South Cobb every Wednesday night this summer as we dive into a fascinating study of a fascinating book. (Michael Walker)
Summer series lineup
June 7 A Leader concerned for his people (Nehemiah 1:3) Shane Tidwell (Hiram)
June 14 A Leader who had compassion (Nehemiah 1:4-11) Patrick Gray (Villa Rica)
June 21 A leader who believed in prayer (Nehemiah 1:4-11) Dave Rogers (Fayetteville)
June 28 BIBLE CAMP
July 5 A leader who studied God’s word (Nehemiah1:4-11) Boyd Cribb
July 12 A leader with a vision (Nehemiah 2:6-8) Bruce Stroud
July 19 A leader wise enough to survey the situation (Nehemiah 2:11-16) Caleb Colley (Macland Rd)
July 26 A leader who communicated the need for helpers (Nehemiah 2:17-18) Michael Walker
Aug 2 A leader who did not allow opposition to stop a good work Rick Sharpe (Fayetteville)
(Nehemiah 2:19, 4:1-9)
Aug 9 A leader who kept God in his plans (Nehemiah 2:20) Matt Amos (Woodstock)
Aug 16 A leader who led by example (Nehemiah 4:13-23) Eric Johnson
Aug 23 A leader who refused to compromise (Nehemiah 6:2-4) Dwayne Watson
Aug 30 GOSPEL MEETING WITH GLENN HITCHCOCK
Sept 6 A leader who continued to encourage (Nehemiah 8:9-10) Rob Stroud