Introduction to the Book of Nehemiah

The Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell us how God’s people that were exiled to Babylon for over 70 years, were led to return, rebuild and restore the nation of Israel. They did it in three movements – namely, rebuilding the temple of God, restore the laws and rebuild the city walls - in order to re-form and live out their God-given values and lifestyle. The stories therein give us hope and inspiration in this New Testament age  to participate in pointing people to receive God’s grace, making them his holy temple and to keep building them (and ourselves!) to faithfulness and “ to obey all the things that Jesus taught”.

But as in the experiences of Ezra-Nehemiah, our efforts will likely be challenged and compromised simply because we are dealing with human flaws and brokenness. To that, these God chosen leaders offer us practical lessons in how to lead as examples and to overcome these and many other obstacles. They reveal to us how the church of today, by comparison, is so filled with the riches of God and assurance to complete the tasks under the leadership of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit!  

The course is designed to provide graphic representations and practical guidance on how to apply these lessons in everyday interactions with ourselves, our family, our fellow workers and the community at large.  The book of Nehemiah will benefit those believers to overcome their habitual falling out of faith and have a desire to restore and re-align their values and priorities in God’s way. 

“The secret of a Christian’s life is that  … God’s life in us expresses itself as God’s life, not as human life trying to be godly. The experience of this becomes evident in the practical, everyday details of life, not in times of intimate fellowship with God”
                                                                          …...Extract from Oswald Chambers Devotions


About the Teacher, Bro Chan Seek Kian

Bro Chan Seek Kian has been worshipping in FGA since its inception and served in several ministries whilst employed in a bank and other businesses. He has served as a worship leader, area pastor and  church administrator. He has taught mainly in small groups and the "Being Rooted" classes for new believers.

He is semi-retired now and spent part of his time in developing Learning Centres for marginalised children in rural Cambodia and reaching out to their families. He has participated in church mission trips to Indonesia and Philippines.

He is happily married to Lucy for over 40 years and has 2 grown up children, Ian and Grace. Grace is currently serving in the church worship team. Three of his brothers and their families are also worshipping in FGA.

NEXT CLASS: 10 and 17 Nov 2018, Saturdays, 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm

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