by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 4 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Message of Challenge
Series: The Messages Of Haggai
Stuart Briscoe
Haggai 1:1-15

God's ancient people rarely responded positively to what the prophets were saying. But when Haggai spoke, the people took note and obeyed. The results were dramatic.

I. The Characters.

A. Haggai: a "prophet" (v. 1); "The Lord's messenger" (v. 13). Ezra 5:1; 6:14

B. King Darius: king of the Persian Empire. See Ezra 5-6

C. Zerubbabel: governor of Judah; grandson of King Jehoiachin. Jeremiah 22:24f

D. Joshua: the high priest, joint ruler with the governor under Persian rule.

E. "The Lord Almighty"-literally "Yahweh of hosts" = "angels" or "armies."

II. The Circumstances.

A. The promise of a Davidic Kingdom. 2 Samuel 7:5 17; See Luke 1:32-33

B. The divided Kingdom; the collapse of Israel; the warnings to Judah. Isaiah; Jeremiah

C. The defeat of Assyrians and Babylonians; the ascendancy of Cyrus the Persian.

D. The decree of Cyrus (the prediction of Isaiah 44:28 45:7, 13). Ezra 1:1 4


Part 2: The Message of Encouragement
Series: The Messages Of Haggai
Stuart Briscoe
Haggai 2:1-9

Discouragement set in less than a month after the returned exiles had been motivated and mobilized to embark on the rebuilding project. Haggai was called again to deliver the "word of the Lord," this time with powerful words of encouragement.

I. The Debilitating Dynamic of Discouragement. vv. 1 3

A. Repetitive problems with the authorities. See Ezra 5:3f

B. Remembrances of former glories: "How does it look to you now?" v. 3

C. Recognition that expectations may not be met. See Ezekiel 40 48

D. Realization that problems would not be solved overnight.

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