Visiting Minister Elder Jonathan Wise describes the obstacles faced by Nehemiah and the Israelites during their rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall. The Israelites built the wall, but they also had a sword ready at hand for their protection. We have a divine responsibility to be building for the growth of God’s people and we also need to be vigilant to fight when necessary and stand up for God’s truth. However, we need to be sure to always be builders first and warriors second, focusing on building up God’s people and promoting the growth of the church of God.