Grand Designs - Nehemiah

God has a design on your life: to know your purpose for living and to live for him. Grand Designs looks at the life of Nehemiah, identifying 8 important steps God uses to fulfil his plan in us and through us as Christ-followers.

  1. Getting God's heart
  2. Getting God's promises
  3. Get in God's team
  4. Trusting God under fire
  5. The enemy within
  6. Tents, olive branches and living waters
  7. Rediscovering the way it's meant to be
  8. Rediscovering purpose

1. Getting God's Heart

2015-09-13 - Dan Hudson

Nehemiah lived in 445 BC. He was: an immigrant, a person of great influence and responsibility, and mightily used by God. But the main point from this passage is that he was a man who was deeply sensitive to the heart of God.

2. Getting God's Promises

2015-09-20 - Luke Davydaitis

Nehemiah was deeply rooted in the promises of God. This meant that when he received terrible news he was able to respond with a prayer packed full of promises. God wants us to be able to do the same.

3. Get In God's Team

2015-10-11 - Dan Hudson

Great things are accomplished through team. Nehemiah realised that to get God’s mission accomplished, he needed more than a heart, more than promises they he prayed about fervently. He needed other people.

4. Trusting God under Fire

2015-10-18 - Matthew Clifton-Brown

When God is using us to build something great, opposition can be expected; Leaders are called to bring protection so that the community they're responsible for can flourish. We can do this because it's God's will that this happen.

In this preach, Matt gives us a series of helpful things we can learn from Nehemiah's courage under fire.

5. The Enemy Within

2015-10-25 - Luke Davydaitis

Nehemiah 5 shows us people messing up, and God graciously fixing them. It warns us that we are a threat to the advance of God’s Kingdom but also offers us the amazing hope of the saving power of Jesus.

6. Tents, olive branches, and living waters

2015-11-08 - Matthew Clifton-Brown

In this episode, Nehemiah and the Jews celebrate the feast of booths, remembering God’s goodness. But this was never meant to be mere nostalgia, and one day Jesus would give it a whole new meaning.

We can all identify with the experience of rediscovering something that we’d forgotten about or lost. Often times that brings with it an emotional response. In chapter 8 of Nehemiah we read about 4 rediscoveries that the people of Israel made, producing a strong emotional response of public weeping!

When God works with us he does it at the very deepest level, including our emotions.

8. Rediscovering purpose

2015-11-22 - Luke Davydaitis

Why had Nehemiah gone to so much trouble to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls? We get the answer here in a vision of God’s purpose for His people: “the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.” This is what God has called us all to do, declare His greatness to the world.