Rebuilding Our Lives and This WorldMany people are good at pointing out problems. What if God’s people were
among the few who are good at finding solutions? How would our world
and our lives be different? This five-week study focuses on the person
of Nehemiah in the Bible, who faced the difficult work of rebuilding the
wall of Jerusalem after his people returned from exile. Confronted with
this complicated task and the many dilemmas that came with it, Nehemiah
chose not to dwell on his problems or to pursue his own answers.
Instead, he sought God’s solutions, following God’s lead and trusting
God’s purposes. God’s people today are called to do the same. In each
chapter, Talbot Davis shows how Nehemiah’s experiences mirror the
problems we face, as individuals and as a society. As you read this
book, you will hear God’s call to be someone who finds solutions. You
will see how you can follow in Nehemiah’s footsteps, building up your
life and the world around you. You will be challenged not to focus on
problems, but to seek God’s solutions and how you can help bring them
This book is based on a sermon series Talbot Davis
delivered at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Each chapter
includes questions for reflection and discussion, a practical focus for
the week, a closing prayer, and daily scripture passages to guide
personal reading throughout the week.
About the Author
Talbot Davis is the pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, a congregation known for its ethnic diversity, outreach ministry, and innovative approach to worship. He has been repeatedly recognized for his excellence in congregational development. During his 10-year term as pastor, Mt. Carmel UMC doubled in size and received the conference’s “church of excellence” award six times. Talbot has also received the conference’s Harry Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism. Since Talbot began serving at Good Shepherd in 1999, average worship attendance has quadrupled, growing from 500 to 2000 each Sunday. Talbot lives in Charlotte with his wife, Julie, and they have two grown children.