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The Importance of Godly Leadership

Nehemiah  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  36:46
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In Nehemiah 7:1-4, we learn that the wall is up, the people are in the city, but leadership is needed to provide for daily needs and protection from outside dangers. Godly leadership is required in order to lead people in the way of the Lord. Toby closes out the sermon with a quote from Charles Spurgeon-a Gospel plea for the lost to come to Christ before it is too late.

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Nehemiah 7:1–4 NKJV
1 Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, 2 that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many. 3 And I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house.” 4 Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were few, and the houses were not rebuilt.

Godly Leaders Appoint the Right Leadership (1)

Nehemiah 7:1 NKJV
Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,

The right leaders are appropriate leaders

The right leaders are timely leaders

They are serve out of necessity.
They were “appointed” or “assigned.”

The right leaders are selfless leaders

They served for the good of the people over the desires of themselves.

The Right Leaders Provide Strength (2)

Nehemiah 7:2 NKJV
that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.

Strong leaders are required in trying times.

The city was under opposition from all around. There was a constant threat of attack.

Strong leaders know when to challenge and protect.

Hanani was given charge of Jerusalem as the leader of the citadel. He would know when to make improvements to the wall and it’s defenses and when to retreat into the fortress to defend the city.

Strong Leaders Make Good Decisions (3)

Nehemiah 7:3 NKJV
And I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house.”

Sometimes “good” isn’t “normal”

Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot
The gates were normally opened at dawn and closed at dusk.
Nehemiah changed this up.
It is possible that wanted to take away any opportunity for the enemy to utilize the early morning hours for a surprise attack.
Ensuring that the doors stayed closed until the sun was at its peak, also ensured that the people were about, enjoying the routine of the morning without worry of attack.

Sometimes good decisions require working outside your norm

The inhabitants probably weren’t used to taking guard duty shifts.
Maybe they didn’t think it was necessary to go both to their watch station AND to guard their homes.
But the leaders understood the kind of pressure they were under from those on the outside AND from those on the inside.
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