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Ezra 3:1-13

Ezra 3:1-13

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Sermon: Restart Your Routines
Bible Passage: Ezra 3:1-13

I. In the midst of limitations and vulnerability, they began their life with four spiritual priorities (3:1-13)

1. Built an altar—priority for and centrality of God (verse 1-3)

There is a pattern in all these examples:
i. All of them mark new beginning
ii. All of them mark restarting life in new situation with full of uncertainties
iii. By building altars, they looked back and forward of their life
iv. Building altars point to their gratitude for the blessings and invitation to God to go before them

2. Adherence to God’s Word (verses 2-7)
3. Renewed corporate devotion to their God (verses 3-11)
4. Gave collective priority for God’s work (verses 7-10)

II. Lessons we learn from Ezra 3

1. Priority for God, adherence to His Word, corporate worship, and collective commitment to God’s work provide a firm platform for a good restart
2. Real stability and success come only when God and things of God get priority
3. God’s work and its expansion must not be relegated to a small group of career leaders, but it must a constant collective effort
4. One must not underestimate their efforts for God how much ever big it is, as long as it is approved by God

Take Away:

Make God your priority as you restart your life after the lockdown

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org