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A Time To Build
Throughout the history of God and his people he has called His children to be a physical symbol to the world of His goodness and love. He has invited them to follow Him, with all that they are and have, in the adventure of love and obedience of the disciple. Crossroads has before us a time of change and adventure. In the coming four weeks we will look to David, Ezra and especially Nehemiah for guidance as we seek to follow God in our next chapter of life together.
When the rebuilding of Jerusalem was complete there was a special kind of celebration. The people gathered and the priests read the Law of God that had been entrusted to Israel. At the completion of this great task the time is taken to remind them of the core of who they were - the chosen people of God. They were entrusted with the revelation of God’s desire for humanity. And they were called to live a life that reflected that heart to one another and the world. They were the visible invitation and promise of God that there would always be a place for the exile to return.
Wait, stop the work!
In this third week of our building campaign series we take a look at Nehemiah 5. Israel has bought into Nehemiah’s plan and is building with passion. They have organized, resisted opposition and are making great progress on the wall. But a funny thing happens in chapter 5- the work is stopped. It is not stopped by enemies or a lack of supplies, it is stopped instead by Nehemiah when he realizes how the poor are being neglected. He calls the people to take care of the vulnerable before they continue work on the wall.
We each have a part to play
This week we begin week two of our building campaign 'A Time To Build'. We see in Nehemiah, David, and raelly the whole story of God and His people a consistent truth- when God has a plan He wants carried out He often asks His people to do it. He invites His people to be a part, not just recipients, of His work in this world. He calls each of us to respond in our own way to his abundance and to move with generosity towards the needs of our life together.
Time to Build
God loves the Church. He always has and always will. The Church is the people who have heard and received the good news that they are loved and there is a place of love and refuge for all of humanity. The Church is also a physical entity- specific local gatherings of God’s people called to have a redemptive presence where they live. Throughout the story of God and His people He has called the church to use all of its God-given resources and gifts towards the purpose of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. To use our temporary resources to proclaim His eternal and joyous Truth.