Pastor Thomas Costello spoke on Nehemiah 4:15-23. He talked about how Nehemiah had some people building the wall while others were defending the wall. Pastor Thomas shared five things that God calls us to build and defend.
- Our relationship with God
- Our marriages
- Our children
- Our wealth
- Our relationships with others
15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.
16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”
21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. 22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.”23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.
Questions for Further Thought and Discussion
Pastor Thomas posed TWO questions to us from this passage in his message and actually gave us a moment during the end of the sermon to ask God to help us answer them for ourselves. With your group, take a moment if you didn’t do so during the sermon, to listen to God and ask yourself these questions and then share your answers with your group or with someone close to you:
- What is God calling you to build?
- What is God calling you to defend?