Where Revitalization Begins

Where Revitalization Begins

TEXT: Nehemiah 1:1-11

Introduction

A huge problem: “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” (v. 3)

Nehemiah’s unbearable burden: “As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of Heaven.” (v. 4)

Point of the Passage: Church revitalization begins when God’s people have an unbearable burden for change that motivates us to pray.

1.  God is ______________ to change us.     v. 5

“O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments.”

2.  God is _______________ the issue, we are.     vv. 6-7

“Confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned.”

3.  God is _______________ to keep His promises.     vv. 8-10

“Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses.”

4.  God wants us to _______________ something.    v. 11

“Give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”

Conclusion

“When the leaders and congregations of our current reclining and declining churches begin to weep, mourn, fast and pray for the mercy of God, and seek God’s vision for their churches, they like Jerusalem and its people, will be rebuilt and restored. This is the heart of church vitality.”

Application Questions

1.  Do you have an unbearable burden for change? Why? Why not?

2.  What change do you need in your life?

3.  Do you believe God can revitalize Grace? Do you expect Him to do so?

4.  How will God use you in our process of revitalization?

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