Nehemiah Kick Off (& spontaneous baptism;)
QUESTION: What would cause a guy to leave a gravy job and travel hundred of miles to a place he has never been to spend 2 decades helping restore broken walls & lives? In this Nehemiah series kick off message from 1:1-4 we get the answer – Nehemiah was broken over brokenness! And that’s exactly what will compel us to step out. All because of the ultimate One who wept over and was broken for His people!
The worship service ended with baptism of sorts – a drain pipe over the front of the auditorium started leaking profusely! We’ll get it taken care of so you don’t have to wear bathing suits next Sunday;) Also, during communion a man in an authentic & raw way shared the emotional pain he was experiencing – it was so beautiful to hear a woman in the body speak with deep grace & love into his life, into the church’s life, and into the lives of first time visitors who may have been a bit on the shocked side. It was another one of those powerful Spirit lead moments of gathered worship I will never forget!
And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. (Nehemiah 1:3-4 ESV)
A LOT was accomplished at the Post Office last week. More walls were dropped, concrete was cut & carried out, plumbing trenches were dug. This week much of the plumbing will be laid. And on Saturday People’s Church in Pinkney, MI will partner with Restore to rebuild our rear fence & clean the alley behind the building. We’d love to have you join us! Also, please pray as we consider purchasing an old house behind the church off of the county tax auction. It needs lots of work, but would be a great home for men in need of transitional housing seeking to follow Christ.