The Book of Ezra

The Book of Ezra

Leading Through Adversity

Ezra 5: 1-17 The Prophets – Haggai and Zechariah Haggai 1:4-8 Do not give God your leftovers When God’s calling is clear, don’t wait The Leadership – Zerubbabel and Jeshua  4 Characteristics of a good Christian leader Humility Passion Character Courage

In This World You Will Have Trouble

Ezra 4: 1-24 Compromise Leads to Corruption Galatians 5:9 1st Corinthians 15:33 6 Ways to Handle Opposition Don’t be surprised 1st Peter 4:12 – Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. Fear the Lord, Not Man Proverbs 29:25 – The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Imagine judgment day… God loves you even if…

Shadows of Greater Things

Ezra 3: Security is Only Found in The Lord Christ is the Better Sacrifice Festival of Booths Passover The Day of Atonement Hebrews 10:4 Hebrews 10:1 Hebrews 10: 11-14 The Temple Revelation 21:3

Examples of Faithfulness

Ezra 2 Recap – Corrupt government (evil laws against God’s people) Economic downturn (made it really hard to fill up your camel) Enemies in the media and leadership (spinning a negative and false narrative of Gods people) Cold, stagnant, apostate, old testament church (walked away from the scriptures, didn’t really love the Lord, were not really obeying the Lord) Faithful Scriptures 2nd Peter 1:20-21 Hebrews 4:12 Faithful Followers We can either make excuses or plans Faithfulness is rewarded Faithful God…

Rise and Rebuild

Ezra 1:1-11 God’s Sovereign Call (vs 1-2) 1st Chronicles 17:11-14 Isaiah 46:9-11 God’s Promises are sure God’s Plans are for our good God’s People are His tools to accomplish the task  Rise and Rebuild (vs 3-11) Ecclesiastes 1:9 Proverbs 24:30-34 Laziness is an epidemic Excuses – But Brandon… Conclusion Remember the Past Work for the Future