People of Restoration
This week we were able to celebrate the completion of the walls around Jerusalem (Nehemiah 6:15). With the physical rebuilding of the city completed, Nehemiah turned his sights toward rebuilding the people of Israel. Specifically this week we looked at the lists of names that were represented in the census to discover that we make lists to help us determine what’s important. Clearly, chapters 7-11 of Nehemiah illustrate that people are important. It also illustrates to us that Nehemiah desired to help restore the people as a whole to what God had intended for them – to be a holy and pure nation. In Nehemiah’s refusal to allow some previous leaders to continue serving as priests, he drew a line of distinction. Similarly, the Church continues to draw a line of distinction – that Jesus is the only way to peace with God. Lead Pastor, John Reeves used the passages this week to draw that same distinction by leading everyone down the Romans Road (see below).
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The Romans Road
As part of the close of the message today, John walked everyone through ‘The Romans Road‘. It’s a great tool for helping to explain the Gospel to our friends and neighbors. It helps to paint the picture of our need for the saving work of Jesus and then gives us the solution in the sacrificial death, burial and resurrection of God’s Son. You can access a digital version of this tool from our friend over at Bible Gateway by clicking here.