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Rebuilding the Wall in our lifes with the men taking on the challenge of accountability

Rebuilding the Wall in our lifes with the men taking on the challenge of accountability

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    • Who was this man?
      Nehemiah was a Hebrew in Persia a cupbearer
      He was a man of prayer (Neh 1:4 ) (Neh 1:6)
    • Rebuildingthe wall
      Nehemiah 2:18 And I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me, as also of the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for the good work.
    • Rebuilding the wall
      The walls of our city need rebuilding. Walls represent that which keeps the enemy out of the city. A defenseless wall, a broken down wall represents an area of our life where we are vulnerable to the enemy. This is a place where we have yet to fortify; it is a place of sin, a place of immaturity, a place we have not overcome and a place of self-will. For example, if you can become depressed, your walls are not fortified yet, if you can lose your joy then the walls surrounding your inner man are too weak.
    • THE CHALLENGE
      ARE YOU READY TO BE PART OF THIS JOURNEY?
    • THE CHALLENGE
      Jesus went through numerous cycles of offering comfort and challenge to those He discipled. He would happily spend time with them explaining what was happening (Mark 4:10), clearing up misunderstandings (John 16:17-19), giving them room to think and reflect on the cost of discipleship (John 6:67-71), helping them absorb and work out the implications (Luke 18:28-30), dealing with their anxieties (Matthew 6:25-34) and considering their leadership (Luke 9:49-50). Yet at the same time He was not fight-shy (John 14:9) and would confront bad attitudes (Mark 9:33-37), shallow responses (Matthew 16:8) and sinful behavior (Matthew 16:23) with great vigor and unmistakable candor and clarity. These timeless principles of encouragement and accountability are the basic mix of discipleship
    • Accountability is the very opposite of legalism: it is a means of grace
      Many people struggle with the notion of accountability. Too often it is seen in purely negative contexts – such as the tax man chasing you down for the very last minor receipt, or the parking attendant fining you for being one minute late back to your vehicle. Quite understandably, those are extremely frustrating situations that feel like law triumphing over grace (and common sense!)
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      Kingdom accountability is about experiencing the grace of God in areas of weakness, fatigue and failure, as you humbly walk before Him and His servants.
    • THE CHALLENGE
      Accountability means:
      • Living a transparent life
      • Being open and ruthlessly honest
      • Doing what you say you are going to do
      • Ensuring your actions line up with your words
      • Having friends and supporters – brothers and sisters in arms - who love you, support you and are prepared to fight for you
      • Allowing these friends to speak into your life boldly and frankly
      • Not becoming defensive the moment they do so!
    • THE CHALLENGE
      What is God saying to you at this time?
      What are you going to do about it?
    • THE CHALLENGE
      • DISCOVERY GROUPS
      • MONTHLY MEETINGS
      • 8 MONTHS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
      • LIFESHAPES
      • PLEDGE