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SPACE Program, Book 12

SPACE Program, Book 12

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Heritage Baptist Church SPACE program.
S. P. A. C. E. (Spiritual Parents and Children’s Education)
Book 12 of 15
Heritage Baptist Church SPACE program.
S. P. A. C. E. (Spiritual Parents and Children’s Education)
Book 12 of 15

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A BUILDER FOR GODSTUDIES IN THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAHOUTLINE
I.NEHEMIAH ONEII.NEHEMIAH TWOIII.NEHEMIAH THREE and FOUIV.NEHEMIAH FIVEV.NEHEMIAH SIXVI.NEHEMIAH SEVEN and EIGHTVII.NEHEMIAH NINEVIII.NEHEMIAH TEN - THIRTEEN40
 
Lesson 1
A BUILDER FOR GODStudies In The Book of NehemiahNehemiah 1INTRODUCTION
: It is Satan’s business to tear down, not to construct. It is our business asGod’s people to be builders. Jesus talked about the wise man who built his house upon a rock (Matthew 7:24). According to Jude, we are to build up ourselves in our most holy faith (Jude20). Nehemiah was a builder. He lived in the dark days of the captivity of Israel. Invadershad subdued Judah and destroyed Jerusalem and its temple. When approximately 70 years hadelapsed, Cyrus issued a decree which offered the possibility for Jewish exiles to return to their  beloved land (II Chronicles 36:22, 23). The two primary leaders in the tremendous effort toreturn were Ezra the priest and Nehemiah the layman. In our present study we will focus on Nehemiah, a man whose devotion to the unpopular task of rebuilding the destroyed walls of Jerusalem is an inspiration centuries after the fact. His example as a builder under the mostadverse conditions will inspire you in your service for Christ. God wants to build into your lifethe same qualities Nehemiah had.
I.HE WAS IN A POSITION OF TRUST (Verse 1)
 Nehemiah occupied a high position in the Persian court because of his trustworthycharacter (Verse 11). The office of “cupbearer” was one of the most dignified in an orientalkingdom and required moral trustworthiness in its occupant, lest he be bribed to present poisoned wine to the king. A Christian should be dependable regardless of his circumstances. No matter where you are, you are in a position of trust because of your high calling (IICorinthians 5:20; Ephesians 6:20).
II.HE WAS GREATLY INTERESTED IN THE CONDITION OF HIS HOMELAND(Verses 2,3)
 Nehemiah was not so carried away by his success as to be indifferent to the interests of his brothers and the city of his God. The people were suffering from poverty and reproach, their walls were broken down and their gates were burned.
III.HE WAS PERSONALLY CONCERNED WITH THE NEED
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(Verse 4a)
 Nehemiah’s heart was touched and moved as he considered the condition of his belovedcity. As Christ was moved to tears over the unbelief of Jerusalem, so Nehemiah was moved totears over the broken down walls and dispirited people (Luke 19:41). Paul’s spirit was stirredwithin him when he saw the city of Athens given over to idolatry (Acts 17:16).41
 
Lesson 1 (cont’d)
IV.HE WENT FIRST TO GOD WITH HIS PROBLEM. (Verses 4b-11)
This book shows Nehemiah to be a man of prayer (Nehemiah 2:4; 4:4; 4:9; 4:19; 6:9-14;13:14, 22, 29, 31). We are told that he prayed day and night, so burdened was he for the city(Nehemiah 1:6). In these words of Nehemiah, we see all the characteristics of prevailing prayer.A.
There was earnestness
(Verses 4b). His soul was stirred to its utmost depths.B.
There was knowledge
. It was because Nehemiah knew God that he could pray as he didin Verse 5 (see Daniel 11:22).C.
There was persistence
(Verse 6a). We are told to pray without ceasing (IThessalonians 5:17).D.
There was confession
(Verses 6b, 7). Nehemiah confessed his own sins and the sins of the people (I John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13).E.
There was faith
(Verses 8, 9). Faith lays hold upon the Word of God (James 1:5, 6).F.
There was consecration
(Verse 11). In our prayers, we ask amiss if we are not preparedto yield ourselves unto God, and to live for the glory of His name (Romans 6:11-13).
CONCLUSION
: Your problem, whatever it may be, will not be completely solved until youtake it to God in prayer.1. What is our business as God’s people?2. Approximately how many years was Israel in captivity?3. What office did Nehemiah occupy?4. What priest helped the exiles to return to their homeland?5. Why did the character of the “cupbearer” have to be trustworthy?6. Did success keep Nehemiah from being interested in his homeland?7. Was Nehemiah a man of prayer?8. Nehemiah was burdened and broken hearted so he prayed; how often?9. List the six characteristics of Nehemiah’s prevailing prayer.42

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