Nehemiah’s Story, Your Calling

Orange Leaders | 7/23/2018 | Kristi Porter
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The work has started, but it’s not yet complete. We’ve come a long way, though, haven’t we? Like Nehemiah, we’ve named the problem. We’ve used our resources and influence to address the problem. We’ve formulated a strategy and are working on the problem. Now it’s time to start being the Church. Remember, when we come together, it makes the enemy nervous.

We are the Church regardless of our denominations, political opinions, cultural differences. We’re connected by a gospel, a story, a person—Jesus Christ—and He changes everything. And we need to start acting like one Body.

Part - Body - Hurts - People - Problems

We need to start acting like when one part of the Body hurts, we all hurt. We need to start acting like other people’s problems and burdens are our problems and burdens. Nehemiah decided what was happening in Jerusalem was his problem.

Calling in the Burdens of Others

Problems - Church - Burdens - Community - Problem

We aren’t designed to carry our problems individually or by people-group. We’re all designed as the Church to carry one another’s burdens. What’s happening in the black community isn’t their problem, it’s our problem. We have allowed it to be their problem for way too long. What’s happening in Puerto Rico isn’t their problem, it’s our problem.

What’s happening with dreamers in this country isn’t their problem, it’s our problem.

Agenda - Christians - Leaders - Children - Families

There isn’t a political agenda here, we promise. This is simply asking: “As Christians and leaders, what are we going to do to help children and families who are in these dilemmas?”

What’s happening to children in impoverished countries isn’t their problem, it’s our problem.

Homes - Kids - Needs - Problem - Problem

What’s happening in homes who have kids with special needs isn’t their problem, it’s our problem.

What’s happening at the church around the corner from you that’s under-resourced isn’t their problem, it’s our problem.

What if we started acting like what is impossible...
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