Welcome to our ESM study on Nehemiah

Approximately 2500 years ago the Israelites returned to Jerusalem after their exile. Slowly those who returned started to rebuild their lives. What these exiles returned to was a city that was damaged, broken and deeply in need of restoration. In 445 B.C., Nehemiah (who was not a prophet or priest) lead a third group of exiles back to Jerusalem with the intention of rebuilding the broken down walls that surrounded the city.  As we read the book of Nehemiah, we learn that he was not only interested in rebuilding the walls but wanted to rebuild the faith of the Israelites in God. The book of Nehemiah is a call for us today
to examine our owns lives of faith and to see the areas in which God is calling us each to rebuild.

The book of Nehemiah allows us a look into a group of people who were often distracted by the world around them and therefore started drifting away form God. As Nehemiah calls the nation of Israel to return in faithfulness to God, may each of us hear that call as well and respond to it accordingly.  This summer our OCAC English Ministry will look at each chapter of Nehemiah on Sunday mornings. In addition cell groups and fellowships will take time to focus on various chapters and passages. My hope is that the study of Nehemiah will translate into us all being able to better live out our faiths in the world today.  Just as the nation of Israel was to shine in their faith so that the nations around them may see God’s glory, may Nehemiah lead us to shine in our faith to the world around us.

My prayer is as you look into the book of Nehemiah, you will find God speaking to you and you will find application for your own life as well as those in your cell group and our family of faith here at OCAC. May God bless you and your small group as we study Nehemiah together.

Blessings, P. Dave

 

Nehemiah Sermon Series

Nehemiah Introduction

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Chapter 1 "Do you care about prayer?"

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Chapter 2 "Moving from Prayer to Action"

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Chapter 3 "Your Name"

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Chapter 4 "When the going gets tough"

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Chapter 5 "What is love"

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Chapter 6 "With God"

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Chapter 7 "The time is now"

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Chapter 8 "The Joy of the Lord"

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Chapter 9

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Chapter 10

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Chapter 11 "Living outside your comfort zones"

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Chapter 12 "Dedication"

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