M2013 s15 the city large and great but the people were few 2-24-13


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M2013 s15 the city large and great but the people were few 2-24-13

  1. 1. The city large & great, butthe people were few therein Sunday PM February 24, 2013
  2. 2. A few cities have shrunkOak Ridge, Tennessee •Location of the Manhattan Project •Population swelled to 75,000 during WWII •Today’s population is approximately 28,000.
  3. 3. Read Nehemiah 7:1-4
  4. 4. When the Wall was BuiltNeh 7:1 NKJV Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hungthe doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites hadbeen appointed,The wall was re-built at a tremendous cost, however, the workwas not finished just because the wall was complete.
  5. 5. Parallels with the churchMatthew 16:16-19 NASB Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ,the Son of the living God." (17) And Jesus said to him, "Blessed areyou, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you,but My Father who is in heaven. (18) "I also say to you that you arePeter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hadeswill not overpower it. (19) "I will give you the keys of the kingdom ofheaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound inheaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed inheaven.”
  6. 6. Parallels with the churchEph 2:19-22 NKJV Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers andforeigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of thehousehold of God, (20) having been built on the foundation of theapostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chiefcornerstone, (21) in whom the whole building, being fitted together,grows into a holy temple in the Lord, (22) in whom you also are beingbuilt together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
  7. 7. City Large but the People are Few Neh 7:4 NKJV Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were few, and the houses were not rebuilt. The walled city of Jerusalem was large. Only about 50,000 were present.
  8. 8. City Large but the People are FewMat 7:13-14 NKJV "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is thegate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, andthere are many who go in by it. (14) Because narrow is thegate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there arefew who find it.
  9. 9. The World is LargeAct 1:15 NKJV And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of thedisciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred andtwenty), and said,Col 1:23 NKJV if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded andsteadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel whichyou heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, ofwhich I, Paul, became a minister.
  10. 10. We must preach the GospelMar 16:15-16 NKJV And He said to them, "Go into all theworld and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He whobelieves and is baptized will be saved; but he who does notbelieve will be condemned.
  11. 11. How Do we Reach the World?Read Nehemiah 8:1-8
  12. 12. Standing up for the WordRom 1:16 NKJV For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it isthe power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jewfirst and also for the Greek.Rom 10:17 NKJV So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by theword of God.2Ti 2:15 NKJV Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, aworker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word oftruth.
  13. 13. Standing up for the Word2Ti 3:15-17 NKJV and that from childhood you have known the HolyScriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faithwhich is in Christ Jesus. (16) All Scripture is given by inspiration ofGod, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, forinstruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may becomplete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.2Th 2:14-15 NKJV to which He called you by our gospel, for theobtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. (15) Therefore,brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught,whether by word or our epistle.