Running Toward the City

Running Toward the City

Have you ever felt a holy discontent? That sense that things could and should be different? This divine displeasure will either move us to action or cause us to grow callous and blind to the needs around us. When Nehemiah was confronted with the living conditions of the people living in Jerusalem, he was moved to act and rushed toward the city. Join us for part three of For the City where we will learn how moving toward the needs of our community will bring us nearer to the heart of God. 

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Susa the citadel, that Hanani, one of my brothers, came with certain men from Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who escaped, who had survived the exile, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.”


Principles (KNOW THEM):

Three steps toward the city:

  1. Be aware of the need (Nehemiah 1:1-3)
  2. Pray without ceasing (Nehemiah 1:4 – 2:3)
  3. Be prepared to act (Nehemiah 2:5-9)

Practices (DO THEM):

  1. Come to Call to Prayer on September 3 at 7:00 p.m.
  2. Attend the Gospel Conversation Training on September 5 at 6:30 p.m.
  3. Join us for Saturate on Saturday, September 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Daily Readings:

Sunday: Nehemiah 1
Monday: Nehemiah 2
Tuesday: Nehemiah 3
Wednesday: Nehemiah 4
Thursday: Nehemiah 5
Friday: Nehemiah 6-7
Saturday: Nehemiah 8

Suggested Resources:


Visioneering, by Andy Stanley
Transitioning, by Dan Sutherland

Sermon series on

REbuild (2010)
Built to Last (2015)