Ten Significant Themes
- Nehemiah was a man with Mary’s heart and Martha’s hands (see Luke 10:38-42).
- Nehemiah was deeply concerned about the spiritual health and welfare of the people.
- **Spiritual repair was his main focus and rebuilding the walls of the city was how he accomplished that spiritual repair.
- This repair, both physical and spiritual, would guarantee the security and provide a focal point for the lost and broken people scattered throughout the South Bay.
- Passionate and proactive prayer with repentance is major theme. Eleven different prayers are mentioned in the book of Nehemiah.
- A holy and passionate reverence for Scripture with careful attention to the reading of God’s Word in order to perform God’s will is an important theme.
- Opposition is a constant theme from beginning to end.
- The “strong hand of God” is a theme that carries through the book of Nehemiah (1:10; 2:8, 18, etc.).
- Spiritual renewal came in response to Ezra’s reading of “the Book of the Law of Moses” (Neh 8)
- Good, godly, and functional leadership is a central theme. If the most basic definition of leadership is influence then we all aspire to leadership because we ALL want to influence our social spheres.
5 Leadership Principles From Nehemiah
- In Andy Stanley’s book, Visioneering God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision, he writes that leaders need to “communicate your vision as a solution to a problem that must be addressed immediately” (p. 86).
- In Tom Harper’s book, Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible, he writes that it is important to “protect your organization’s core and culture with a thick wall” (p. 52).
- In Donald Campbell’s book, Nehemiah: Man in Charge. How God chooses and develops leaders for His work, he writes, “The nation that prays together stays together” (p. 79).
- In Cyril Barber’s book, Nehemiah: and the dynamics of effective leadership, he shares that “the task leader must be able to coordinate the efforts of the group, insure cooperation, commend honest effort, see that each task is completed satisfactorily, and provide for open lines of communication between employee and employer” (p. 83).
- In Donald Jacobs’s book, From Rubble to Rejoicing: A Study in Effective Christian Leadership Based on Nehemiah, he says, “a leader must assure that the planning gets done” (p. 50).
 Adapted from a blog post by Christopher L. Scott.