Ezra 3:1-3. In 538 BC, when fifty thousand Jews, prompted by God and freed by King Cyrus, make the 900-mile journey from Babylon back to Jerusalem the first thing they do is to get to work rebuilding the temple. At first, they are zealous and excited. But after a while, they lost their motivation. They lost their focus. They did not intend to abandon the project forever, but a week passed, then a month and before they knew it, it had been a year and that one year turned into sixteen years. For 16 years the temple project sat there untouched! So, God raises up a prophet to call them to repentance. God doesn’t need a temple any more, but He does want His people to be about His business.
We inherently feel the call to live for something bigger than ourselves, to become people who impact the world in a positive way. But many of us lack the faith to respond to that call. God is still using ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him! In this sermon series drawing on the lives and faith experiences of ordinary people, Pastor Barry will encourage, inspire, and help us examine our lives and take practical, real-world steps to deepen our own faith and trust in God.