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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you separated from this world? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To convince that we need to be separated from this world not to love it. IV. TEXT: Ezra 4:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) B

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you separated from this world?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To convince that we need to be separated from this world not to love it.

IV. TEXT:

Ezra 4:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel replied, “You may have no part in this work. We alone will build the Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel, just as King Cyrus of Persia commanded us.”

V. THESIS:

We are to separate from this world's love and cling to the Father's love for us.

1 John 4:4-6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them.

But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

VI. TITLE:

Separation from the world

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown. Ezra might have been the compiler

B. Date written: 450 B.C.

C. Purpose: To document GOD's faithfulness, keeping His promises, sovereignly protecting His People and returned them to their own land.

D. To whom written: Jerusalem's restored remnant and future generations.

E. Main theme: Return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity

F. Keywords: Word of GOD, Power of the Word of GOD in human life, Word of the LORD

G. Key verses:

Ezra 1:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!

Ezra 7:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. The world have no part in us

"But Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the other leaders of Israel replied, “You may have no part in this work."

Acts 2:40 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

2 Corinthians 6:17 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.

Ephesians 5:1 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received from us.

2 Peter 3:13 (New International Version)

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.


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