Sermons by Rev Nathan Muse (Page 2)
How can a person be made right with God? This is a vitally important question because the Bible teaches that all humans are naturally disconnected from God because of our sins and behaviour. But what can be done about such a situation? The Jewish people, in the book of Nehemiah, help us to see the answer to that question. In the process, they will experience both sorrow and joy, but the experience will allow them to be made right with…
What options does a follower of God have when faced with challenging circumstances? Nehemiah faced many such circumstances. These included attacks on his life, a kidnapping attempt, manipulation, character assassination and false accusations. Yet, he was able to remain strong through it all because of his God. By considering his example, we can learn how to do the same.
How does a group of people push forward with God’s work when they are exhausted, discouraged and under threat of violence? Nehemiah had just such a challenge to face as he sought to lead the people in continuing to build the wall around Jerusalem. Through observing how he led, we can learn many lessons about how to respond to the obstacles each of us faces individually as well as the opposition so many churches face today.
How does a person persevere under difficult circumstances? How can they face opposition while trying to undertake an enormous project? Nehemiah gives us insight into just such a situation as he seeks to lead the Jewish people in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem despite opposition from within and without. Through this situation, we see teamwork, a common vision, determination and over it all, God’s clear direction and power displayed – sometimes in the unlikeliest of places.
What do you do when deeply discouraged or disheartened? Where do you turn? The Christian is able to turn to God through prayer, but it does not end there. Nehemiah gives an excellent example of someone who was presented with a challenging and disheartening situation and then responded like any child of God should. His example with encourage and inspire.
Jesus uses an Old Testament picture in order to tell a story to the religious leaders. In so doing, He acts like an Old Testament prophet who gets the religious leaders to pronounce their own judgement or verdict against themselves for their sin of refusing God and His messengers. This is a strong and public confrontation between Jesus and the religious leaders that teaches us much about God and how He chooses to work in human history.
What does the incarnation, Jesus being born into the world, tell us about God? When Mary thought of it, she broke out into song and in her song, she reminds us of one of God’s characteristics – His Faithfulness. But how is the faithfulness of God seen at Christmastime? Mary will help explain.
When Mary hears that she will give birth to Jesus, she breaks out in song and praise at the thought. One element of her song is the idea that God’s unique wisdom is shown in what He is doing and how He is doing it. But what about Christmas shows the wisdom of God? The answer goes far beyond the first Christmas to all that came before and all that has come after.
When Mary was told that she would give birth to Jesus, how did she respond? Initially, it was with skepticism, but then she responded with rejoicing and giving glory to God. But what was it she was so excited about? Why was she rejoicing? In her song of praise to God, she tells us and it has little to do with the part she would play, but rather it had to do with who God is in His nature.
Jesus is once again confronted by the religious leaders as they desperately seek to discredit Him. But as they bring a loaded question to Jesus, He knows they do not care about the truthful answer to the question. In His response, He clearly shows that He knows their hearts and He also shows who has the true authority of God.