You think a pandemic is bad? What about seeing your city destroyed, your kids murdered, and your family carried off into exile FOR SEVENTY YEARS?
When you can’t figure out what God is up to, do this.
This sermon series is about rebuilding. We’re looking at the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah and what it takes to rebuild and put things back together when everything has fallen apart.
In 586 BC, the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, and carried off the best and the brightest into exile.
Let’s talk about what happened next.
BUILDING CLOSED; CHURCH OPEN!
We can emerge from this crisis STRONGER than before.
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
—Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
There are a million ways to mess up family, but one way to get it right:
It turns out that every happy family is built on the same foundation.
The story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Genesis 12-36) is the story of family—it’s about the Lord educating and shaping these men to be the founders of a people, about what it will take for the covenant to be successfully passed down, generation to generation.
God’s plan to save humanity, in other words, starts with a family.
It continues to this day: our primary responsibility is to build up and build for the next generation.
Or, to put it another way:
Family Is How We Fight.