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Working Cooperatively    Nem. 1:1-4, 11; 2:4-5, 8b, 17-18; 3:1-2 HCSB    Dec. 31, 2006


1.    Working Cooperatively Through . . Prayer. Neh. 1:1-4, 11

       A.   Working Cooperatively Through Praying During Times Of . . Disgrace.        1:1-3

              1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah: During the month of Chislev in the twentieth year, when I

       was in the fortress city of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, arrived with men from Judah, and I

       questioned them about Jerusalem and the Jewish remnant that had returned from exile.

       3 They said to me, “The survivors in the province, who returned from the exile, are in great trouble and

       disgrace. Jerusalem’s wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned down.”


       B.   Working Cooperatively Through Praying During Times Of . . Depression.    1:4

              4 When I heard these words, I sat down and wept. I mourned for a number of days, fasting and praying

       before the God of heaven.


       C.   Working Cooperatively Through Praying During Times Of . . Delight.   1:11

              11 Please, Lord, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and to that of Your servants

       who delight to revere Your name. Give Your servant success today, and have compassion on him in the

       presence of this man. [At the time,] I was the king’s cupbearer.


2.    Working Cooperatively Through . . Faith.        Neh. 2:4-5, 8b

       A.   Working Cooperatively Through Faith During Times Of . . Request.      2:4-5

              4 Then the king asked me, “What is your request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven 5 and answered the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor with you, send me to Judah and to the city where my ancestors are buried, so that I may rebuild it.”


       B.   Working Cooperatively Through Faith During Times Of . . Rebuilding.        2:8

              8 And [let me have] a letter [written] to Asaph, keeper of the king’s forest, so that he will give me

       timber to rebuild the gates of the temple’s fortress, the city wall, and the home where I will live.” The king

       granted my [requests] , for I was graciously strengthened by my God.


3.    Working Cooperatively Through . . Encouragement. Nem. 2:17-18; 3:1-2

       A.   Working Cooperatively Through . . Positive Encouragement.    2:17-18

              17 So I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been

       burned down. Come, let’s rebuild Jerusalem’s wall, so that we will no longer be a disgrace.”

       18 I told them how the gracious hand of my God had been on me, and what the king had said to me. They

       said, “Let’s start rebuilding,” and they were encouraged to [do] this good work.


       B.   Working Cooperatively Through . . Progressive Encouragement.     3:1-2

              1 Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests began rebuilding the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and

       installed its doors. [After building the wall] to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel, they

       dedicated it. 2 The men of Jericho built next to Eliashib, and next to them Zaccur son of Imri built.

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