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Nehemiah 3:1-32, “Ordinary People”

August 23, 2009 Speaker: Brad Evangelista Series: Nehemiah

Passage: Nehemiah 3:1–32

Intro: What does a long list of Hebrew names have to do with us today? More than we think. This message from Nehemiah 3 illustrates how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Nehemiah 3:1-32


1. History is important. We should honor those who have labored before us.

  • Psalm 145:4
  • How did I come to know Christ? God used some regular / imperfect people to build a wall that stretched to me.
  • The arrogance of younger Christians and younger churches is really staggering.
  • We should strive for “Generational generosity.”
  • We are not reacting against tradition here. We are responding to Jesus.


2. It takes all different types of people.

  • The Goldsmith and Perfumer (two very different types probably) work right next to each other on the wall! (Nehemiah 3:8).


3. Some people just consume they don’t contribute.

  • Certain nobles would not stoop to serve the Lord (Nehemiah 3:5). Although that specific problem of snobby rich people is not a problem for us at CrossPointe, we do need to guard against creating a culture in which people consume but are never pushed to contribute.


4. Doing inglorious work faithfully brings great glory to God.

  • Malchijah prepared the Dung Gate. That was the place that all the refuse and garbage was taken. It was an undesirable job, but somebody had to do it. (Nehemiah 3:14).
  • The NIV says in Nehemiah 3:20 that Baruch worked “zealously” on his part of the wall. 
  • Colossians 3:23 


5. Finish what you start.

  • They started at the Sheep Gate and finished at the Sheep Gate. 
  • Philippians 1:6 & Philippians 2:12-13. 


6. God uses ordinary people!

  • Ephesians 2:8-10.