Nehemiah led the third return of exiled Jews back to the land of Israel. As cupbearer to the king of Persia, he held an important administrative post in the government. When he received word that the people who had already returned to Jerusalem were in distress, he was greatly disturbed. But, he believed God’s promise that when his people repented and returned to him, he would restore their land. Based on God’s Word, Nehemiah began a program of what we today could call “community development” among God’s people. With the blessing and help of a pagan king, Nehemiah returned home to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, the city of God. This demonstrates that even the secular world is subject to God when his people operate according to his kingdom promises and authority. Nehemiah also provides a study in great leadership. In a mere fifty-two days, Nehemiah led the people, amid opposition, to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. He also called for the development of solid families, for the temple to be the center of life, for the people to live under the covenant promises of God, and for them to become a righteous and just community. The book of Nehemiah is about making wrong things right. ▶ Do you know Jesus as your Savior? https://tonyevans.org/know-jesus-christ/ ▶ Stream Sermons: https://tonyevans.org/podcast/ ▶▶ Free Sermon App: https://subsplash.com/tonyevans/app/ ▶▶ DONATE: https://give.tonyevans.org/the-alternative/donation ▶ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drtonyevans/ ▶ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drtonyevans/ ▶ Are you a preacher? Free sermon outlines: https://go.tonyevans.org/dr-tony-evans-free-christian-sermon-notes Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans’ sermons are also streamed and downloaded over 20,000,000 times annually. #TonyEvans #OldTestament #BibleStudy
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