Lessons from Nehemiah

Session One – The Desperate Need for a Godly Man (Nehemiah 1:1-3)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Throughout history, the Lord has used particular men to “stand in the gap”. While we may not be another Apostle Paul, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, or a Billy Graham, we are called, as men, to follow Christ and to serve as godly-servant leaders. The book of Nehemiah provides intentional, practical insight on how to walk with God and allow God to work through us for His glory. In our study of one of Israel’s greatest leaders, Nehemiah, we will glean much from a man who modeled a life of great character, discipline, determination, zeal, and grace.

Session Two – Crying Out to God in the Midst of Adversity (Nehemiah 1:4-11)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Faced with the horrific news concerning Jerusalem and his countrymen, Nehemiah is overcome with grief. Through the tears, Nehemiah turns to the Lord. This opening prayer of this Old Testament book lays out one of the finest models of prayers in the entire Bible. This cupbearer from Susa provides key principles in how to approach God—principles that are extremely applicable even for today!

Session Three – Prayer, Action, and God’s Sovereignty (Nehemiah 2:1-8)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Four months have passed since Nehemiah heard the horrific news concerning his homeland. However, rather than throwing up his arms in despair and in hopelessness, Nehemiah turns to the Lord. Forty-eight weeks of fervent prayer and research, this Persian cupbearer makes a very calculated step to approach King Artaxerxes. This scene displays a beautiful picture of human responsibility and God’s sovereignty working in tandem to bring about God’s glory.

Session Four – Prayer and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos (Nehemiah 2:9-20)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

After four months of praying and planning, not to mention, journeying for two months to Jerusalem, Nehemiah finally arrived in Judah. Clearly the task was daunting and the opposition intense. Yet, instead of launching immediately into construction or calling a meeting for Jewish leaders to discuss this building project, Nehemiah spends time with the Lord, assessing the situation first-hand. Nehemiah’s actions reveal not only his character, they also provide some important principles for all those who wish to be used mightily by the Lord.