Talks tagged with ‘Old Testament’

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7. ‘When opposition comes’ Nehemiah

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After recapping the series – a journey in ‘trusting God’ in the face of opposition, Mark Enzer speaks from Nehemiah 4:1-6 about the inevitability of opposition when doing God’s business. Here the focus is on prayer followed by practical action,  it’s a both and. Prayer did not make the enemy go away – the enemy […]

6. ‘Casting the vision’ Nehemiah

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Seeing work as part of our vision is key. Nehemiah 2:17 – 3:5  Allen Foster speaks about people from all walks of life coming together as 42 teams working to side-by-side to build the walls, gate and towers of Jerusalem; emphasising that this is God’s work through Nehemiah’s plan. Psalm 127:1 1. God’s work, our […]

5. ‘A personal commitment’ Nehemiah

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Readings from Nehemiah 2:9-16 and John 21:15-17. Tim recapped the story and lessons learned from Nehemiah previously and  looked at five features of Nehemiah’s commitment: hopeful, boldness, preparedness, interdependence and focus.  He drew out features of the story mirrored in the Gospel story.

3. ‘A Radical Faith’ Nehemiah

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Peter explores the first three verses of the book of Nehemiah chapter 2 in which the king notices Nehemiah’s countenance and he takes the risky step of explaining the sadness of his heart.

2. ‘A broken spirit’ Nehemiah

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Briefly setting the context of the story of Nehemiah, Rosie Cunliffe speaks about Nehemiah’s attitude to prayer, how he prays and his expectations about God. Before all else Nehemiah is committed to pray. Nehemiah 1:5-11.

1. ‘A dislocated heart’ Nehemiah

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At Breakfast Church Tim opens the first session of the new series in Nehemiah (1:1-4). “Our new sermon series this term focuses on learning from the book of Nehemiah. Last week Peter kicked things off by placing Nehemiah in the context of the events in the book of Ezra. It’s about us learning more about […]

‘Trusting God’ Introducing Nehemiah

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Introduction to new sermon series ‘Trusting God’ in the story of Nehemiah.  Setting the context from Ezra and Jeremiah.  Reading from Ezra 1:1-8 and suggesting that reading or listening to both books Ezra and Nehemiah would be helpful to seeing the whole picture from which we seek to learn what God would say to us […]

1 John 3 – this is what love is…

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Allen takes the Feast of Tabernacles on our ‘Harvest and Giving Sunday’ and links this with 1 John 3:16-18. He links Israel’s story and the Feast of Tabernacles with our lived experience of harvest time 60 years ago, encouraging an attitude of thanks-giving, reflecting on what we take for granted in the West today, in […]

Love the Lord your God

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Sid Bridges explores Deuteronomy 6:4-16 after being asked to speak on the passage 15 years previously when first coming to St James as the Youth Minister.  The story of the Children of Israel briefly is mapped and the question asked, “What happened in Massah?” When God seems absent how do we respond?  When we doubt […]