February 21, 2016   |   Pastor Arun Paul

Welcome to part III of the sermon series “Builders of the Broken City: Builders of Broken Lives.” We are in chapter 3 today. We have been saying that Nehemiah rebuilt the city walls in 52 days. Nehemiah brought hope to the broken city of Jerusalem and to the broken lives of the people who had been living in fear, shame, and discouragement; demoralized for 90 years and seemed to have given up hope of ever being fully restored.

The circumstances had not changed. The task to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem city was a daunting one. There had plenty of Internal Problems, the laborers experienced exhaustion and Opposition from the Enemy.

Nehemiah 4:10-11 (NIV)

Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

In spite of all the challenges to stop the work the task was accomplished. Nehemiah’s prayer life plays integral part in drawing strength, wisdom, and direction from the Lord to accomplish the task.

As you get to the Nehemiah chapter 3, it looks a bit dry with its long lists of names and information that seems redundant and anyone will be tempted to skip this chapter. However, this chapter contains some great insights and spiritual principles that were foundational in rebuilding the broken city of Jerusalem in 52 days. I would like to share two key spiritual principles from Chapter 3 and how these two principles are relevant to us today for the followers of Jesus Christ to accomplish the task our Lord left for the church.

To accomplish God’s purpose, we need a common vision and common goal for the task. Servant Attitude for the work.