After I Say, "Yes, Lord"

Pete Briscoe

For those of us who have felt God's call to service, a question arises: "After I say 'Yes' to the Lord and He points me in a direction or presents me with a ministry, what do I do next?" 

It's a great question. The way we approach our call from God can determine whether we are effective for Him or not. So we look to leaders who were praised by God as examples of holiness and obedience, and we try to learn from them. Nehemiah was that kind of leader. He was minding his own business one day when God laid a burden on his heart—it was a passion for God's people. He knew it would be disobedient not to "go," and so he went. He didn't know the whole plan when he started, but he chose to trust in the Lord. 

The first thing Nehemiah did was recognize and respond to God's call. Do you feel God encouraging you to serve? Or have you already responded to His prodding but need more guidance on what comes next?  

In this study of the book of Nehemiah, Pete Briscoe walks through the ups and downs of servanthood and leadership by teaching how we can model Nehemiah's heart, attitudes, communication, and actions.


Messages From This Series:

  1. 1. What's on My Heart?

    Pete Briscoe

    God can choose the most unlikely people to carry out His plan. Moses stuttered, so God sent Him to talk to Pharaoh. Paul was a Jew, so God sent him to the Gentiles. Often times we do one thing because we think that's what God wants from us, but then He calls us into something totally different and unique. Some of us know just where God wants us to be, and some of us haven't quite figured it out yet. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe looks at Nehemiah 1 and discusses six things about Nehemiah's sending that will help you discover yours.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 1

  2. 2. Building from Home

    Pete Briscoe

    Most of us have experienced starting a new job and being trained on how to complete the new duties. Without this training, it would be a lot harder to figure out what we needed to do every day. The same is true when we serve the Lord. It's easier for us to serve when we know how to do it.

    In this message, Pete Briscoe looks into Nehemiah 3 and studies the gates of Jerusalem to give us six training lessons about how we can serve God better.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 3

  3. 3. Overcoming Gut Shots

    Pete Briscoe

    In many situations, criticism and opposition are inevitable. This is especially true when we try to do God's work. Even within the church, people will find fault with just about anything—the length of the sermon, the style of the music, the Sunday school format, or even the color of the bulletin. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe uses Nehemiah's actions as examples of two things we can do with criticism.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 4

  4. 4. Caring for the Team

    Pete Briscoe

    We tend to treat people commensurate with their social standing, don't we? If we perceive someone to be below us in social standing, we treat them differently than the people we perceive to be above us. It stinks, but it's the way we often do it. Even as believers, when we function in the flesh, we think of people according to the "pecking order" and treat them differently. This is not kingdom thinking. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe looks at Nehemiah 5 and discusses four ways we can treat people in order to glorify God.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 5

  5. 5. Silencing the Critics

    Pete Briscoe

    Sometimes when trying to assume a leadership role, criticism and opposition occur. And often, just when you think that you have overcome the opposition, it sneaks right back up on you. So how does someone take the personal attacks from the opposition and still be an effective leader? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe discusses four specific ways we can be attacked and four ways to overcome it.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 6

  6. 6. People Matters

    Pete Briscoe

    In life, there are leaders and there are followers. Many of us think that leaders are more important than followers, but leaders need followers just like followers need leaders. So everyone works together and everyone matters. Nehemiah, chapter 7, includes a list of people—both leaders and followers—who stepped out in faith to work for Christ.

    In this message, Pete Briscoe discusses three things these people had in common and how we can be effective followers of Christ.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 7

  7. 7. Water Gate Revival

    Pete Briscoe

    There are times in our lives when we feel like we're drowning in things to do—and our spiritual life suffers. We have so many balls to juggle that before we know it, we drop the one that involves our relationship with the Lord. It's during these times that we need a spiritual revival. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe teaches us how to listen to God's Word so a revival can happen in our lives.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 8

  8. 8. How to Fail Successfully

    Pete Briscoe

    TV infomercials are known to make people feel like they've got to have whatever is being advertised. They make losing weight or making millions seem really easy, but most of the time these "fads" do not work. When we talk about transforming our spiritual life, we want a true life transformation, not a fad. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe discusses three things that will guarantee failure in our spiritual lives—in hopes that we will learn these things and avoid them!

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 9 , Nehemiah 10

  9. 9. Who's In?

    Pete Briscoe

    Isn't it fun when a friend calls unexpectedly and asks you to do something special together? Often our response is to jump to our feet to go and meet up with them. This joyful "response to the call" is something God is looking for in us. In fact, the natural response of disciples of Jesus should be to jump to our feet and run toward His call. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe explains the different ways we can respond to God's call and serve Him.

    Scripture:  Nehemiah 11

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