9/27/15 – The Steadfast Love of God

The Steadfast Love of God

John Stange

Ezra 3:8-13

I. God motivates leaders who motivate others (v. 8-9)

1 Corinthians 11:1 – Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

II. God’s track record of goodness should be remembered (v. 10-11a)

Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Psalm 145:9 – The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.

Ephesians 2:7 – so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

III. God has given us something to shout about (v. 11b-13)

Ecclesiastes 7:10 – Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

Ephesians 2:19-22 – 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by[b] the Spirit.