Pastor Tan’s Sermon 23, November, 2013: Rebuilding Faith

God gave Ezra tremendous favor from Persian king.
Zerubbabel was to rebuild the temple (1-6), Ezra was to rebuild spiritual condition (chp 7-10).
Between these two period, there was a gap of 6 decades.
For Israelites, the most important and urgent thing to rebuild was to restore the worship of God.
Their identity was tied to God Himself. Similarly, our identity is tied to faith in God.

CHC is significant because it is our spiritual home. We are now in the midst of building God’s house.
How was the condition of rebuilding God’s temple back then?

1.) there was much opposition in rebuilding the temple (Ezra 4:1, 4-6).

2.) The rebuilding the temple prospered through prophecy of Haggai and Zaccharia (Ezra 6:14)
Even the prophecy was that the Messiah would enter into the Temple.
Word of God sustained the rebuilding the physical temple.

3.) Ezra restored the teaching of the word of God (Ezra 7:10).

Matt 4:11
The devil left Lord Jesus.
The tempter simply wants us to disconnect from God. We then will naturally sin against God.
At that point in time, hunger shows Lord Jesus’ true nature.
Matt 4:4.
Every word of God. Word of God cleanses filthy things away from our lives.
We should use God’s word to build up, not to tear down.

4.) Erza could then restore the spiritual condition of the people

Matt 13:18-23
The devil is always after God’s word. 4 types of ground:
1.) wayside ground (never start). 2.) stony ground (only start). 3.) thorny ground (start-stop). 4.) good ground (start to completion).

Matt 13:53-58
They were offended at Jesus. He could not do miracle.
They were never-start ground.

1 Kings 17:10-16
She had need. The devil sowed fear of sensible act: to cook and to die.
Yet, the word of the Lord rebuilt her faith.

1 Kings 17:17-24
They had tragedy after tragedy.
She brought her son to Elijah. Elijah prayed and her son lived.
Let’s bring our need to God.

Posted November 29, 2013 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon, Tan Ye Peng

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