Preparing the City of God
Topic: Nehemiah Passage: Nehemiah 7:1–7:73
We will not boast in anything but Jesus Christ; our God, His glory is our purpose; not our own.
The first priority and characteristic of the City of God is the Worship of God (7:1)
The next priority and characteristic of the City of God will be that leaders be designated (7:2)
2 Timothy 2:11-12
The next priority and characteristic of the City of God will be that it is filled with God’s people.
The original leaders (vs. 6-7)
Jews who were laymen (vs. 8-38)
Priests (vs. 39-42)
Levites (vs. 43)
Singers (vs. 44)
Gatekeepers (vs. 45)
Temple servants (vs. 46-56)
Descendants of the servants of Solomon (vs. 57-60)
Those with questionable ancestry (vs. 61-65)
The next priority and characteristic of the City of God is that the citizens of this City are known and numbered by God.
Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God! He, whose Word cannot be broken, Formed thee for His own abode; On the Rock of Ages founded, What can shake thy sure repose? With salvation’s walls surrounded, Thou mayst smile at all thy foes.
Savior, if of Zion’s city, I through grace a member am, Let the world deride or pity, I will glory in Thy name; Fading is the worldling’s pleasure, All his boasted pomp and show; Solid joys and lasting treasure None but Zion’s children know.