Sermons

From past sermons(s)…

March 10, 2019

“Crisis of Faith”

  1.  When other Christians fail or sin, treat them with _______________ and ______________.  Also with a love that holds them to the high call of following Christ.  Ezra 10:2-4  “We have been unfaithful to our God and have married foreign women from the peoples of the land; yet now there is hope for Israel in spite of this.  So now let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law.  Arise!  For this matter is your responsibility, but we will be with you; be courageous and act.”
  2. ____________ of sin opens the door to _____________.  Remember that authentic repentance involves acts of obedience and change.  Ezra 10:5-8  “Then Ezra rose and made the leading priests, the Levites and all Israel, take oath that they would do according to this proposal; so they took the oath.  Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib.  Although he went there , he did not eat bread nor drink water, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.  They made a proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem to all the exiles, that they should assemble at Jerusalem, and that whoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the leaders and the elders, all his possessions should be forfeited and he himself excluded from the assembly of the exiles.
  3. Remember that it is _____________ too ____________ to ____________ God.  Ezra 10:10-14.  Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, “You have been unfaithful and have married foreign wives adding to the guilt of Israel.  Now therefore, make confessions to the Lord God of your fathers and do His will; and separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.”  Then all the assembly replied with a loud voice, “That’s right!  As you have said, so it is our duty to do.  But there are many people; it is the rainy season and we are not able to stand in the open.  Nor can the task be done in one or two days, for we have transgressed greatly in this matter.  Let our leaders represent the whole assembly and let all those in our cities who have married foreign wives come at appointed times, together with the elders and judges of each city, until the fierce anger of our God on account of this matter is turned away from us.
  • In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:3

 

March 3, 2019

“Major or Minor Sin?”

  1.  Leaders have a greater ___________ for __________.  Ezra 9:1-2  When these things have been done, the Jewish leaders came to me and said, “Many of the people of Israel, and even some of the priests and Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the other peoples, living in the land.  They have taken up the detestable practices of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites.  For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons.  So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages.  Worst yet, the leaders and officials have led the way to this outrage.
  2. Sin results in _________________  _________________.  Ezra 9:6-7  I prayed, “O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you.  For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens.  From the days of our ancestors until now, we have been steeped in sin.  That is why we and our kings and our priests have been captured at the mercy of the pagan king of the land.  We have been killed, captured, robbed, and disgraced, just as we are today.”
  3. God is faithful, ________________, just and _______________.  Ezra 9:8-9  “But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant.  He has given us security in this holy place.  Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery.  For we were slaves, but in this unfailing love our God did not abandon us in our slavery.  Instead, he caused the king of Persia to treat us favorably.  He revived us so we could rebuild the Temple of our God and repair its ruins.  He has given us a protective wall in Judah and Jerusalem.”
  4. True ________________ proceeds from an ________________  ______________ that acknowledges God’s righteousness.  Ezra 9:13-14  “Now we are being punished because of our wickedness and our great guilt.  But we have actually been punished far less than we deserve, for you, our God, have allowed some of us to survive as a remnant.  But even so, we are again breaking your commands and intermarrying with people who do these detestable things.  Won’t your anger be enough to destroy us, so that even this little remnant no longer survives?:
  • In Him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:3

February 3, 2019

BIG THINGS

  1. _______ comes with God _____________.  Ezra 6:12-16  May the God who has caused His name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who attempt to change it, so as to destroy his house of God in Jerusalem.  I,Darius, have issued this decree, let it be carried out with all diligence!  Then, Tattenai, the governor of the province beyond the River, Shetharbozenai and their colleagues carried out the decree with all diligence, just as King Darius had sent.  And the elders of the Jews were successful in building through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo.  And they finished building according to the command of the God of Israel and the decree of Cyrus, Darius, and Artaxerxes King of Persia.  This temple was completed on the third day of the month Adar; it was the sixth year of the reign of King Darius.  And the sons of Israel, the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
  2. We must ______ God with a _________    ______________.  Exra 6:18-19  Then they appointed the priests to their divisions and the Levites in their orders for the service of God in Jerusalem, as it is written in the book of Moses.  The exiles observed the Passover on the fourteenth of the first month.  For the priests and the Levites had purified themselves together; all of them were pure.
  3. God can __________  the ____________ of anyone.  Exra 6:22  And they observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had caused them to rejoice, and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them to encourage them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
  • Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.  Proverbs 12:15