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Ezra 10:1-44  —  Active Repentance

Ezra 10:1-44 — Active Repentance

BIG IDEA:ACTIVE REPENTANCE EXPRESSES SORROW TO GOD WHILE COMMITING TO CORRECTIVE ACTIONINTRODUCTION:This is a classic passage demonstrating the difference between mere remorse for sin and genuine repentance. Sorrow for sin lies at the heart of any spiritual response...
Ezra 9:1-15  — Heartbroken Repentance

Ezra 9:1-15 — Heartbroken Repentance

BIG IDEA: EXPOSURE OF FLAGRANT SIN SHOULD LEAD TO HEARTBROKEN REPENTANCEINTRODUCTION:Expression of remorse over conviction of sin is not a popular theme in our day. We tend to take sin lightly and to minimize any emotional reaction of deep distress and anguish and...
Ezra 6:1-22  — Persian Support for Temple Completion

Ezra 6:1-22 — Persian Support for Temple Completion

BIG IDEA: GOD FINISHES WHAT HE STARTS –GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL CONTROL OF HISTORY DEMONSTRATED IN PERSIAN SUPPORT FOR THE COMPLETION AND DEDICATION OF THE JEWISH TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM AS WORSHIP IS RENEWEDINTRODUCTION:This first half of the book of Ezra concludes with the...
Ezra 5:1-17 — Restarting Ministry After Discouragement

Ezra 5:1-17 — Restarting Ministry After Discouragement

BIG IDEA: RESTARTING MINISTRY IN THE FACE OF DISCOURAGING OPPOSITION REQUIRES MOTIVATION FROM GOD’S WORD AND CONVICTION REGARDING THE SIGNIFICANCE AND LEGITIMACY OF THE MISSIONINTRODUCTION:Discouragement is a powerful tool of Satan. God’s people had returned from...
Ezra 4:1-24  — Opposition to God’s Work

Ezra 4:1-24 — Opposition to God’s Work

BIG IDEA: GOD’S ENEMIES USE FAMILIAR TACTICS TO OPPOSE GOD’S WORK AND ACHIEVE TEMPORARY VICTORIESINTRODUCTION:When God’s people respond to the call to focus on God’s work, the enemy will quickly rise up in opposition. Fortunately, their tactics can be easily...
Ezra 1:1-11  — Give Me Some of that Old Time Religion!

Ezra 1:1-11 — Give Me Some of that Old Time Religion!

BIG IDEA: RESTORATION OF THE TEMPLE INITIATED BY THE SOVEREIGN INTERVENTION OF THE DECREE OF CYRUS TO FULFIL COVENANTAL PROMISESINTRODUCTION:What’s so important about bringing captive Israel back to her homeland and rebuilding the temple to reinstitute the sacrificial...