In the Room Sermon Series


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There’s a question that is hovering in virtually every single room that is occupied by at least one human. It is palpable in school lunchrooms everyday. It causes tension at family reunions. It can be the instigation and the disintegration of a romance. It’s what makes isolation unbearable and unnatural. But it’s what sometimes makes friendships even harder. It may be the single deepest question we have. It emanates from the most primal recesses of our souls. And we may not even know that this question is storming through our lives every day. The question is: Do I Belong? But what if the reason virtually all of us spend our lives seeking the answer to this question is because we first and foremost need God to answer it...

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In chapter 8, the people of Jerusalem gather together. It is one of the first things they do as they are rebuilding the spiritual community as God’s people. We learn many truths about what it looks like for us to gather together as a church.


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In chapter 7, before they start to worship, we see a detailed list of what the families gave to the work. We can learn many truths about what it loos like to give as a church, and why it can be so hard to talk about money at church.

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In chapter 11 we are introduced to the men of valor, and others who were chosen to live in Jerusalem. We can learn many lessons from looking at what happened in Jerusalem at this period in history, and realize how that gives us purpose in life today.


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In chapter 12 we learn that the people of Jerusalem take time to celebrate (with great sacrifices and great joy) what God has done in their midst and the sound of their rejoicing was heard far away. It's here where we learn that that it's good to stop and rejoice, but to also take our positions in expectation of what God has in store next.

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One of the most obvious questions that we often don't think to ask is: How can I feel close to God? No matter where we are at in our journey with God, many of us are at a place where we are asking this question. Some might not know what they believe about God, but they see that people they respect seem to have had a genuine encounter with God. They wonder what it would look like for them to feel that. Others may have recently started following Jesus. Maybe they have felt their enthusiasm wane and wonder how they get it back. For seasoned believers, some have felt apathy creep in unnoticed and want to know how to get their fiery passion back. This episode in the story of Nehemiah, outlines the path to renewal that we all need.