Scripture text:  Ezra Chapter 1                     Preacher:  Rev David Sutherland                      Date: 18 May 2014

This is the first of a series of sermons on the theme “Building up the house of God”.

This opening sermon, based on the Book of Ezra Chapter 1, sees the first steps taken in 538BC to rebuild the ruined Temple in Jerusalem following the exile in Babylon. That vital project was undertaken because the ruling authority, Cyrus King of Persia, wanted it, because the leaders of the Jewish community wanted it, because the people themselves wanted it, and above all because God wanted it and stirred into action all those concerned. The lesson is then applied to the present-day church and its continuing need to grow.

Wanting the church to grow