Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

This weekend we continued The Story with Chapter 19, The Return Home.

In this chapter, after a long 70 year exile in Babylon, the Israelites were finally allowed to return to their home in Jerusalem. Cyrus, the leader of the empire, not only allowed them to go home, but expressly did it so they could rebuild the temple. On top of that, he even gave them the resources to do it! With the empowerment and supplies to rebuild the temple, you’d think the Israelites would have built it in no time – except that they didn’t. The people of God lost focus on what should have been their priority, leaving the temple barely started and instead built homes for themselves. In other words, they let second-place things become first-place things.

Have you ever been guilty of this? Guilty of prioritizing something over the place of God and His Kingdom? Here are a few areas to think about: where are you putting your…

  • Time and energy?
  • Money?
  • Passion?

The surest way to get behind is to put yourself ahead of God. Are you putting God first?

Verses and quotes from the message:

2 Kings 17:13-14; 2 Kings 24:2-4; Ezra 1:1-4; Haggai 1:2-11; 1 Kings 6:37-38; 1 Kings 7:1; Matthew 6:31-33; Proverbs 3:5-10

Big Idea: The surest way to fall behind is to put yourself ahead of God

Set List
All Campuses

Amazing Grace – Newday
My Heart is Yours – Kristian Stanfill
The One Who Saves – Hillsong Music
This is Living – Hillsong Music

The Return Home

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About The Author
- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!