Ezra, Strength for The Journey - Life Lessons from Ordinary People Series II - Lead Pastor, Dr. Rob Patterson
Lives of ordinary people - Ezra
Scripture: Ezra 7:6 - 10 6 Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him. 7 Some of the Israelites, including priests, Levites, musicians, gatekeepers and temple servants, also came up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes. 8 Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in the fifth month of the seventh year of the king. 9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.
Themes: the journey of life in Christ, strength for the journey, God’s grace and favour, power of God’s word
Summary: This sermon is an overview of the qualities that helped Ezra succeed in his return to Israel along with 3000 other exiles to re-establish proper worship among the Jews.
Preached at Scott Street MB Church, on Sunday, June 9, 2019
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