so i’ve been listening to a great two part study on Nehemiah by Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church.
I was truly inspired by his teaching – his detailed handling of the Word and his honesty in expounded them is excellent.
His notes are available on his web site but I thought I’d reproduce some of the thoughts here:
His text is really MAtthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” His argument is for Christians to live as citizens of another Kingdom. His premise is that God is building a city within a city. He argues that the story of the Bible goes from one garden to a city with a garden and that God’s people should strive to live as a countercultural city that is an embassy of God’s kingdom.
He then uses Nehemiah as an example of a “church planter” who built a city within a city. One of the main points that Driscoll made that really sank home to me was that often we look at Nehemiah as being someone who was a “doer”. He made things happen. Yet everytime he set out to do something he stop and meditated first. He prayed and sought God’s will first – then moved.
i don’t think I do that often enough. I am an active person. Mark Driscolls recommendation is that I focus on the contemplatative then the active.
Here are the links for those of you that want to check it out: