Missional Realignment – Part 2 [Ezra 2-3]

“MISSIONAL REALIGNMENT – Pt. 2” (Ezra 2-3)

REVIEW/INTRO: Do you need a life reset to clear the clutter and realign your life around your God-given mission? This is what God’s people needed and experienced in Ezra.

I. A LIST OF THE RETURNING CAPTIVES (2:1-70).

  1. Listed by community (v. 3-35) or family identity (vv. 36-58).
  2. 6 listings both by family identity & ministry calling (vv. 36-58).
  3. Application.
    1. Who is your family, people & community (vv. 59-62)?
    2. Are you committed to your community? This will cost you some of your independence, time, and tolerance.
    3. God has a place for everyone who is willing to be connected and willing to use their gifts to serve.
    4. The people not only went, but also gave (vv. 68-69).

II. WORSHIP RESTORED (3:1-7).

  1. They set up the altar of burnt offerings (vv. 1-3).
    1. They gathered with a unified vision (v. 1; Phil. 1:27; 1Pet. 3:8).
    2. The altar was a place of worship (sacrifice, prayer).
    3. They built the altar in spite of the fear (v. 3). Will you?
  2. They keep the Feast of Tabernacles (vv. 4-7).
    1. They celebrated harvest and God’s provision. Will you?
    2. They gave offerings. Are you (Heb. 13:15; Luke 21:4)?
    3. They didn’t wait to worship till the work was finished.
      1. Celebrate the small victories! Don’t wait to worship!

III. RESTORATION OF THE TEMPLE BEGINS (vv. 8-13).

  1. They lay the temple’s foundation (vv. 8-10a).
    1. Again, there’s a place for everyone, including you!
    2. Not all ministry is outward or impressive, but important!
    3. Can we count on you to do your part?
  2. They celebrate the laying of the foundation (vv. 10-13).
    1. They prepared to praise. Do you? Will you?
    2. They celebrated the small victories. Do you? Will you?
      1. God is always worthy of praise in all circumstances!
    3. Different generations praised God differently.
      1. Celebrate and respect diversity of ways to praise.
    4. All have a place in praise. What’s your place?