SWORD AND THE TROWEL | Using Both Hands for the Lord | Nehemiah 4:1-23
In the text, we see three principles related to the church today:
Read Nehemiah 4:1-23. Read the passage and consider the following questions.
1. We are in a battle:
Read verses 1-3.
Read verse 9.
If you have time read Ephesians 6: 10-19.
Remember the pattern for us to follow when we feel attacked – pray, remember God is awesome, go to work, and fight back against the enemy.
2. We have work to do:
Verse 17 says “Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other.”
The only way to do this is to be “ambidextrous spiritually.”
Do you find you are better at one than the other? (spiritual battles v. getting things done for the Lord)
At RMCC we believe our “work” is contained in our Disciple-Making Pathway. It involves 4 “Gs”
-GATHER in Worship
-GROW in Community
-GIVE time, talent, and treasure
-GO make disciples
Is there an action step you can take this week to fulfill your calling in one of these areas?
3. We are not alone:
Nehemiah reminds us we are not alone. Our awesome God is with us AND we have each other.
Read verse 14.
How does Nehemiah describe God?
Read verses 19-20.
What are we supposed to do when we hear our brothers or sisters need help?
What does this tell us God will do for us?
Is there some task or ministry you are trying to do alone?