BUILDING FOR GOD
Bible Text: Ezra 1:1-11 | Preacher: Dr. Jim Bohrer | Series: BUILDING BEYOND THE WALLS THE YEAR 2014 AND BEYOND
“I am who I am. I’m proud to be a Christian, and by being a Christian, I’m a Christian in everything I do,” coach Dabo Swinney. When God called Nehemiah and Ezra to restore the Temple, they didn’t just fix up and take care of the House of God for Sabbath, they extended the work into the city. While the Temple was to be the center of every believers life, the influence of God was to encompass (like the wall around Jerusalem) all of life. When we truly worship the Lord, we want to encompass and impress the entire city with Jesus’ love.
BUILDING BEYOND THE WALLS
THE YEAR 2014 AND BEYOND
Ezra 1:1-11 Ezra 1:1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah, the LORD moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and to put it in writing: 2 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: “‘The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. 3 Anyone of his people among you– may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem. 4 And the people of any place where survivors may now be living are to provide him with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.'” 5 Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites– everyone whose heart God had moved– prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem. 6 All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings. 7 Moreover, King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god. 8 Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. 9 This was the inventory: gold dishes 30 silver dishes 1,000 silver pans 29 10 gold bowls 30 matching silver bowls 410 other articles 1,000 11 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and of silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along when the exiles came up from Babylon to Jerusalem.
HAVE GOD’S PURPOSE YOUR STEPS! (1:1-4)
Don’t become distracted by the Urgent. (Distinguish what makes eternal impact).
Don’t become distracted by Task. (Let God move your heart).
JOIN GOD WHERE HE IS STIRRING. (1:5-11)
Ask God for Direction.
GENEROUSLY SUPPORT GOD’S WORK.