Sermons

Ezra

Ezra

Mar 2018 - May 2018
Sermons in this series
Wed, May 23, 2018
Passage: Ezra 9-10
Series: Ezra
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 47 secs
Last week we studied how Ezra and those going with him prepared for the journey. The number of men who responded to Ezra’s invitation to go to Jerusalem—listed in verses 2 through 14—was approximately 1,500. Something to keep in mind is that most of the Jews who had been carried into Babylon had, over time, become comfortable there. So comfortable in fact is this… In the first group, led by Zerubbabel, nearly 50,000 went. In this second group, led by Ezra there are 1,500 who go. Most chose to stay in Babylon. All that to say, the Holy Spirit is a perfect gentlemen. He invites. He encourages. He inspires. He enlightens. But He doesn’t force. Here in chapter 9 upon arrival in Jerusalem and discovering the state of the people, Ezra leads the people through supplication.
Wed, May 16, 2018
Passage: Ezra 8
Series: Ezra
Duration: 59 mins 42 secs
Series: Ezra Text: Ezra 8 Speaker: Mike Osthimer View the sermon notes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WFQ8wVviXT46HrqY13LMz2YgS9onLAtR3rfudh3G558 Join us! Service times are: Sun: 08:30 am / 10:30 am Wed: 07:00 pm What We Believe http://ccbakersfield.com/index.php/about-us/bible-readings Our weekly sermon podcasts can be found here: iTunes https://pcr.apple.com/id1137464790 Visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CCBakersfield/ or http://ccbakersfield.com/
Wed, May 09, 2018
Passage: Ezra 7-8
Series: Ezra
Duration: 53 mins 49 secs

After 6 chapters Ezra comes on the scene. The year is 458 B.C. Its at least 60 years after the Jews first returned to Jerusalem. Zerubbabel lead the first group back to Jerusalem. Ezra leads a second expedition from Babylon to Jerusalem to help strengthen the struggling settlers. His purpose is different as the temple is built. He is teaching God’s Word so the people know how to worship the Lord and also how to live lives that are pleasing to God. God prompted Ezra to go and to teach the people. God’s leading is exciting in that He works in us before He works through us.
Wed, May 02, 2018
Passage: Ezra 5-7
Series: Ezra
Duration: 52 mins 55 secs
Coming back to Jerusalem under an edict of King Cyrus to go and rebuild the temple, first rebuilding the altar so they could make sacrifices to God. We are looking at the events surrounding the return of the jewish nation back to Jerusalem after their captivity in Babylon. At this time the Babylonians had been conquered by the Medes and the Persians and Cyrus, king of Persia is now in power. The book of Ezra is a lesson in restoration. There is always a pathway. Be it an individual or a church.
Wed, Apr 25, 2018
Passage: Ezra 5-6
Series: Ezra
Duration: 54 mins 23 secs
Ezra and Nehemiah were one book in the Hebrew Bible but became two when translated due to their length just as were the books of Samuel and the Kings. The purpose of the book is to tell the story of the return of God’s people into the land He had promised them. Its important because it gives us the account of God’s faithfulness to His people that after they had served their 70 years in Babylon for disobeying the Sabbath regarding allowing the land to rest, they would return from exile to the land of promise.
Wed, Apr 18, 2018
Passage: Ezra 4
Series: Ezra
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins 17 secs
Ezra and Nehemiah were one book in the Hebrew Bible but became two when translated due to their length just as were the books of Samuel and the Kings. The purpose of the book is to tell the story of the return of God’s people into the land He had promised them. Its important because it gives us the account of God’s faithfulness to His people that after they had served their 70 years in Babylon for disobeying the Sabbath regarding allowing the land to rest, they would return from exile to the land of promise.
Wed, Apr 11, 2018
Passage: Ezra 3-4
Series: Ezra
Duration: 55 mins 16 secs
After 70 years of captivity in Babylon just as God had prophesied, king Cyrus has allowed the children of Israel to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. After reclaiming their genealogy in chapter 2, here in chapter 3, we’ll see the children of Israel reclaim their theology… The Persians under King Cyrus allowed the deportees to return to their land in hopes they would remain loyal to him as king.
Wed, Apr 04, 2018
Passage: Ezra 1:1-2:0
Series: Ezra
Duration: 53 mins 39 secs
Called The Second Exodus by many the book of Ezra can best be summed up in a single word, Restoration… Restoration, the wonderful work of God, a picture of His love and grace and mercy for the nation of Israel. Once again we see God as the God of the second chance. Ezra is the first of the post exile books. Written after the 70 years of captivity in Babylon.
Wed, Mar 21, 2018
Passage: Ezra 1:1-11
Series: Ezra
Duration: 52 mins 17 secs
The book of Ezra picks up where 2 Chronicles left off. I guess they could have titled the book 3rd Chronicles but since most likely Ezra wrote it he gets credit. Ezra is the main character of the second half of the book bearing his name and Zerubbabel is the main character of the first half of the book. If Ezra did write the book of Ezra, he probably did so not long after he arrived in Jerusalem in 458 BC. The book of Ezra is postexilic—meaning, it was written after the Jews had been exiled to Babylon. The book of Ezra is called the Second Exodus but the message of the book is best summed up in a single word, RESTORATION.
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