Last Sunday, May 28, Associate Pastor Alex York brought the message, continuing the series "Count Me In!" He preached out of Nehemiah 3:1-9.
Our health as a church hinges on whether we are all-in. Let's not blow this amazing opportunity God has set before us!
In Nehemiah, they're rebuilding the wall, starting from the northernmost gate.
What does it look like when God's people are fully engaged?
1) All kinds of people do all kinds of work.
Many different individuals and groups mentioned, tackling different tasks. Some don't even live in the city, but have come to help. Even Nehemiah, a high official, helped. The work was broken into manageable chunks.
2) The spiritual leaders set the pace.
The priests started it! Jesus taught that leaders are servants.
3) The work is dedicated to the Lord.
God takes what's broken and puts it back together again. Col. 3:23 - No matter what we're doing, do it with our whole hearts, for the Lord. If our work is dedicated to the Lord, it changes our hearts. It's a privilege to serve.
4) Some choose not to work.
The nobles from Tekoa didn't participate. God often calls people to do things they think they can't do. It's not about comfort. God invites us into his magnificent work.
5) Some go above and beyond.
Some did more than one part - like the common people of Tekoa. Philippians 2 - this is the attitude Jesus demonstrated. When we shoulder a bigger portion of the load, we're demonstrating Jesus' character.
6) Nehemiah takes names.
Nehemiah took the time to write the names of those who participated. This was about individuals who chose to obey God.
What if God is writing about Gateway?
These people are heroes because they simply did the work.
He closed by asking us to pray about how God wants us to minister to others.