Rebuilding and Revival
October 23, 2022 • Carlo Serrano • Ezra 9:1–9, Ezra 7:1–10
The word revival has a lot of definitions. It can mean “an instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again,” like a TV show revival. It can also mean “a reawakening of religious fervor.” At http://onechurch.tv, we like the medical definition: restoring bodily or mental vigor, life, or consciousness. Revive = To re-awaken. To resurrect. Think about your life right now. Is there anything that needs new life? THE BIG IDEA: God revives us so that he can rebuild us.
The Obstacle is the Way
October 16, 2022 • Carlo Serrano • Ezra 4, Ezra 5
In his now classic book, author Ryan Halliday shares a story about an ancient King. According to legend, the king's people had grown soft and entitled. He decided to teach them a lesson because he’d grown tired of their apathy, laziness, and poor attitudes. His simple plan involved placing a large boulder in the middle of the main road, which would completely block entry into the city. The king wondered, “How will the people respond?” What would you do if this happened to you? Would you move the boulder or find another route? THE BIG IDEA: Obstacles and opposition are often opportunities.
October 2, 2022 • Chris Edmondson • Ezra 1, Proverbs 21:1, Ezra 7:1–10, 2 Chronicles 36:15–23
Have you ever had a problem that was just so big—so daunting—that you just didn’t know where to begin? There is just so much to do. You’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start tackling an unsurmountable problem. The problem is just a tangled ball of mess, and it won’t be solved by panicking or doing what you’ve always done. You have to do something different if you want different results. BIG IDEA: If it’s God’s will, it’s God’s bill.