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Summary: Haggai is a book with an end-time message, but it contains eternal truths that we can apply to our lives today. The church must develop an end-time, Kingdom perspective.

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Introduction

2nd part of a two week series on Haggai.

Haggai- book w/end time message, but it contains eternal truths we can apply to our lives today.

Last week- looked at- importance of making Eternal Investments-how can we invest in God’s Kingdom

Today talk about- importance of having an Eternal Perspective-to properly respond to God in our day.

If our goal as a Christian is to be saved/go to heaven- we are living far below God’s purpose for our lives

God saved us to build something eternal- here/now.

Historical Setting

Judah had been conquered,

Jerusalem burned,

Solomon’s temple had been destroyed, and

the people were carried away into captivity.

After being captive- 70 year- amazing thing happens.

Ezra 1:1-3

God put favor in- king’s heart- for God’s people.

If God can move a king-can move president/governor.

What moves the heart of God- PRAYER!

Who is called to pray- the CHURCH!

Ezra 1:4-6

Everyone has a role- all called to support God’s work.

Offering

Good place to pause and take up our weekly offering.

Sent letter- God has richly blessed us this year.

However, our offerings have taken a down turn, perhaps due to- combination- economy/summer.

We have exhausted our reserves- proposed a plan to FOC- to cut most of our discretionary spending.

The only thing left to touch is salaries and what we give as a church to local ministries/missionaries.

Pastors- more willing to cut salaries than cut giving.

2 Cor 9:6-7, 10-11 Principle- sowing/reaping

Joe MacDonald- missionary we have helped some …

Sent a small check to COTR because we have been a blessing to him/he wanted to bless us.

I wrote the letter for three purposes …

1. Information

so family/friends-understand-financial situation

2. Ask for prayer

wisdom to know what to cut/what to pursue

not a time to retreat-push ahead w/wisdom/faith

3. Appeal for you to ask God how you can help

how can you help-build God’s Kingdom-COTR

I see three types of givers at COTRM, those who …

1. are giving all they can- give faithfully/sacrificially

2. have discretionary spending/giving- could redirect

3. have not yet taken the challenge to give Biblically

God says everything we have is His- stewards

Praying w/city pastors-Pastor David Lindsay- picture-

I see a big rock impeding your ministry and God is calling you to speak to the Rock and it will move- I felt the rock was our finances.

Anna Fetterman- encouraging testimony.

Prayer- speak to the rock!

Take up the offering- PLAY VIDEO.

The Story

Under Cyrus 50,000 Jews returned to Israel.

Built an altar- began to rebuild- foundation- temple.

They encountered resistance from their enemies, got busy w/their lives- stopped work for 15 years.

The enemy hinders us today from doing God’s will.

Hag 2:1-3

Some older men remembered Solomon’s temple.

Foundation- new temple- paled to Solomon’s temple.

Ez 3:10-13

It is easy to look at the miracles Jesus performed and the miracles we read about in the book of Acts,

and be discouraged with what we see today.

Ecc 7:10 Don’t long for "the good old days," for you don’t know whether they were any better than these! TLB


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