On Sept 7, Evident Grace begins its new series, “Journey to Worship – a Study of Ezra”. As Ezra is not an often studied book, an extended preview might be helpful, so towards that end, here is the text of an important portion of the sermon.
You know how we grow in comfortable skepticism? We like to say things like, “Well, I know God can do anything, but I doubt anything is going to happen.” Or we will say, “Well, aint nothing going to change. I mean I guess God can do something here.”
And in both cases, we have no hope that anything good or Godly is going happen. We should read Ezra and be reminded that God does what He will when He will, and as a result, we should stop being so cynical and skeptical.
Now, please hear me: this isn’t junk theology that tells you to believe harder for what you want so God will do it.
I am not going to tell you that God can’t and won’t do things unless you change first.
God does what He will when He will, and you know what? I’m sure not going to tell you to go live life at a higher level while God has your back.
We should simply read Ezra and say, “God will receive glory no matter the circumstance. And in that, we are transformed”
How do we know that? How can we be assured? The life and death and resurrection of Jesus show us that God will pursue His own glory and that nothing will stop it – not your sin, not your mistakes…nothing. God will be glorified, and God will be worshiped.
This study should take us up to the 2014 holiday season. The good thing about Ezra is that you can join it at any point and time and not be lost, but we encourage you to join us for worship on September 7th to experience our series launch. We meet each Sunday for worship at 1030am at the comedy club above Liberty Lanes, and you can find directions here.
Come as you are. We are neither formal nor casual. And if you desire, we have both a nursery, and we also offer an individual teaching time for children aged 2-5.