Nehemiah 4: 1-23 and 6: 1-14
How do we deal with opposition? Does it come as a surprise? If so, it shouldn’t! (Cf. Jesus’ warnings, e.g. Mt. 10.17f.) But how do we identify opposition? It isn’t always obvious or ‘out there’. Sometimes we hear the kind of thing Nehemiah’s builders did inside our own heads!
Thinking of our UK context, what is harder to face and what is more damaging to Christian mission – outright opposition, mockery or apathy? Being prepared to stand up and be counted – a good theme for Pentecost (cf. Acts 2.13-14) and before Praise in the Park later today