Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM as we study God’s word together.
Our current sermon series is titled “Building Together” and is a study of the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.
One of the convictions of Central Baptist Church is that the healthy way of approaching the Scriptures is through expository preaching. That is, we must always approach Scripture looking to learn what God is saying to us through the text. We must avoid approaching the Scriptures with our preconceived notions, seeking to baptise our imaginations with Bible versions. To do so, we believe there is value in approaching the Scriptures book by book, and we believe that the whole Scripture—Old and New Testament—is inspired by God and profitable for his church. This includes Nehemiah.
The people of God had spent seventy years in exile in Babylon, and had now returned home, with the blessing of King Cyrus, to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. The temple had been built and worship reinstituted in the Promised Land, but the holy city lay in ruins. The once-great capital was a depressing rubble heap exposed to enemy attack.
When Nehemiah learned of the state of Jerusalem, he set out to restore the city walls. The book of Nehemiah tells the story in his own words. It is about reestablishing God’s people both physically and spiritually.
The theme of Nehemiah is the Lord’s protection of his people and their need to be faithful in worship and in keeping the Mosaic law.