1. Returning to worship

Revd Guy kicks off our new sermon series on Ezra looking at what it has to say to our churches today as we look ahead to what our churches and our worship might look like when we return to them after COVID-19.

Date

26 April 2020

Passage

Ezra 1:1-4

Speaker

Revd Guy

2. Hesitation to return

Revd Guy continues our series on the book of Ezra and asks the question, why do we not always take advantage of the opportunities that get presented to us?

Date

10 May 2020

Passage

Ezra 1:5-11

Speaker

Revd Guy

3. Returning as God's people

This time we look at one of those texts of the Bible that people dread: a list of names and numbers. But within this difficult passage, we get a picture of who God is and who we are as his people.

Date

17 May 2020

Passage

Ezra 2:1-70

Speaker

Revd Guy

4. The return of the altar

The Jews have now returned from their exile in Babylon and are starting to rebuild the city of Jerusalem but they start rebuilding in what might seem like an unusual place - with the altar.

Date

24 May 2020

Passage

Ezra 3:1-7

Speaker

Revd Guy

5. Returning to your roots

With the restoration of the temple, we see a return of the Jews to their roots, looking back to the celebration of the first temple as inspiration for the new temple giving them a timely reminder of God's faithfulness and a hope for the future.

Date

14 June 2020

Passage

Ezra 3:8-13

Speaker

Revd Guy

6. Conflict returns

With the temple under construction and glory returning to God's people some grumblings have started to emerge from the adversaries of God's people. They set about to disrupt the Jews return to worship, the repair of their relationship with God, and the restoration of their identity as God's people.

Date

21 June 2020

Passage

Ezra 4:1-5

Speaker

Revd Guy

7. Waiting to return (a minor detour)

With opposition rearing its head the ensuing fear and discouragement of the Jews meant that work on the temple stopped for 16 years. But what happened during this time? We take a detour from Ezra to the minor prophet Haggai to find out.

Date

28 June 2020

Passage

Haggai 1:1-15

Speaker

Revd Guy

8. New beginnings, new problems

Work has restarted on the temple after a 16-year break. But all this new activity has caught the attention of the governors of the region who work fo King Darius. What can we learn from how the Jews respond to this new problem?

Date

19 July 2020

Passage

Ezra 5:1-10

Speaker

Revd Guy

9. Who do you think you are?

Work has restarted on the temple after a 16-year break. But all this new activity has caught the attention of the governors of the region who work fo King Darius. What can we learn from how the Jews respond to this new problem?

Date

26 July 2020

Passage

Ezra 5:11-17

Speaker

Revd Guy

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