Sermon: Updating the Heart!/Expository Message Series in the Book of Nehemiah Part 4 of 9


“And I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me, and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me.”

(Nehemiah 2:18a)


“Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” So they put their hands to the good work.” (Nehemiah 2:18b)

John 13:34-35

“When he had gone, Jesus spoke, “Now comes the glory of the Son of Man, and the glory of God in him! If God is glorified through him then God will glorify the Son of Man—and that without delay. Oh, my children, I am with you such a short time! You will look for me and I have to tell you as I told the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow.’ Now I am giving you a new command—love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you must love one another. This is how all men will know that you are my disciples, because you have such love for one another.”

(John 13:34-35, Phillips New Testament)


Several Assumptions Concerning Maturity:

“Jesus is history’s most familiar figure. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental.”




To love Like Jesus we have to embrace the truth that emotional and spiritual maturity is inseparable.




  1. In our Character: This speaks of our Personal Wholeness – Authenticates our Credibility.
  2. In our passion: This speaks of our created Purpose – increases our capacity to Serve others.




Some characteristics of a Mature Person


  • Is Positive under pressure.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

(James 1:2-4, NLT)

How do you handle trials? How you react under pressure is the first test of Maturity. Do you grumble and gripe?


  • Is Sensitive to other People:

“Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (James 2:8, NLT)

Do you have issues with gender or age?


  • Has Mastered the Mouth:

“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” (James 1:2, NLT)

“Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

Eph. 4:29, NLT)


  • Is a Peacemaker not a Troublemaker:

“Pride only breeds quarrels,” (Prov. 13:10, NLT)

Principle: We are all a people in process. (Not about Perfection it’s Progress).


  1. In our relationships: This speaks of our capacity to be Jesus – Transforms us to daily live our story.


  1. Principle(s): Everyone should be treated with dignity and

Everyone who knows Christ has a story to live.


  1. Let’s Live with No Reserves – Be Challenged to grow in from the inside/out!
  2. Let’s Live with No Retreats – Get Rid of those familiar things that keep you Stuck!
  3. Let’s Live with No Regrets – Embrace Obedience- have Your Heart Ache over the Things that God’s Heart Aches For.


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About PastorAl

Al Soto has been married to his incredible wife Valerie for 30 years and they have five sons and one grandson. Al has been in Local Church Ministry for 35 years as both as a Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, and for five years as a Regional Overseer for his denomination. He has a BA degree from LIFE Pacific College and is currently completing an MA in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from Vanguard University. He currently resides in Lincoln, CA where he is the new Lead Pastor for one of the Campus locations for Bayside Church. He continues to coach High School Football for the Lincoln Fighting Zebras for the Junior Varsity Program and is facilitating Leadership training and coaching as well as facilitating Spiritual Retreats. His hobbies include Golfing and Scuba Diving as well as he is a veracious reader. His Life Statement is “Real Success is Helping others to Succeed!”
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