We’re starting a new 8 week series in January, walking through the book of Nehemiah, entitled “Let’s (Re)Build a Church.” Building something from scratch and rebuilding something that has fallen into disrepair are two very different ventures. As a matter of fact, building or rebuilding something physical is very different than building or rebuilding something spiritual — isn’t it? Maybe not as different as we’d think. In reality, they are not so very dissimilar. In both instances, it is the foundation that is key…so we have to begin with the question, what are we building upon?
Paul said to the Church at Rome, “It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation.” (Rom. 15:20) Paul essentially says the only way to know what spiritual foundation has been laid is if I do it myself. But the reality he discovered is that ultimately he would build upon others teaching, just as others would build upon his teaching. For Paul would tell the Corinthian Church that “I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 3:10-11) Where we begin in the build or rebuild process is key. We must first examine the foundation.
As we examine Nehemiah’s journey to rebuild the wall and the temple in Jerusalem, we will follow his process and discover the keys to a successful rebuild. I hope you will join us beginning Sunday January 5th at 11AM for this journey through God’s Word…so Let’s (Re)Build a Church!
Senior Pastor Scott Bosier