A First-hand Example of Living by God’s Word (Ezra 7-8)

A First-hand Example of Living by God’s Word

Ezra 7-8

(Reading 7:1-10, 8:31-36)

A passage that shows a powerful God at work

And a first-hand example of living by God’s Word

– Ezra practiced what he preached (7:10)

– trusted his sovereign God (7:28, 8:22)

– and was busy himself (7:6b, 8:15-17,21)

Some tips for Living by the Word of a powerful God

Overview of the passage

7:1-10 Narrator’s introduction

7:11-26 Artaxerxes’ letter

7:27-8:36 Ezra’s account

  • 7:27-28 – praising God
  • 8:1-14 – names of the returnees
  • 8:15-32 – the journey to Jerusalem
  • 8:33-36 – arrival and sacrifices

(Preacher: Steve Blencowe)

Youth Group Notes

What is ONE thing that’s interesting from today’s sermon, one question to keep thinking about and one thing to pray about?

1. Interesting:

2. Question:

3. Pray:

Fools and Kings! (1 Corinthians 3-4) – NightChurch

Fools and Kings!

1 Corinthians 3-4

(Reading 1 Cor 3:18-4:13)

1: Paul highlights the ‘rewards’ of faithful Gospel ministry…

2: These ‘rewards’ are the opposite of what some of the Corinthians expected

3: Be careful not to look for glory in the wrong places

(Preacher: Stephen Young)

Expect Opposition to living by God’s Word (Ezra 4-6)

Expect Opposition to Living by God’s Word

Ezra 4-6

(Reading 4:1-5, 5:1-2, 6:13-18)

The Israelites faced opposition as they attempted to build God’s temple.

But God’s prophets continued to speak His word

And God continued to show His supreme sovereignty.

There are lessons we can learn.

– We too should expect opposition to living for God.

– But we know God still speaks through His word.

– And God does not change. He is unfailingly faithful, supremely sovereign and desires people to live by His word.

(preacher: Steve Blencowe)

Living by God’s Word is the Priority (Ezra 3)

Living by God’s Word is the Priority

Ezra 3

In Ezra 3 the people prioritise living by God’s word..

.. and the temple plays an important part

God is still working to the same plan

.. but His temple looks a little different

Our priority should still be – to live by God’s word

(Preacher: Steve Blencowe)

Christ Divided (1 Cor 1:1-17) – NightChurch

Christ Divided

1 Corinthians 1:1-17

1: Unity troubles plague the Corinthian Church

2: Paul reminds the Corinthians of who they are in Christ

3: Three truths about Jesus which help our unity…

– Christ is Whole

– Christ was crucified for you

– Christ is your Lord

Preacher: Stephen Young

God’s Word IS Powerful (Ezra 1-2)

God’s Word is Powerful

Ezra 1-2

(reading: chapter 1)

We all have times when we wonder why anyone would live for God. But this part of God’s word shows:

  1. God is unfailingly faithful
  2. And God is supremely sovereign

That’s two truths we also see in the Gospel of Jesus

So, let’s keep learning to live by the word of our powerful God

(Preacher: Steve Blencowe)