Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther: Restoring the Church

By Wallace P. Benn, Series edited by R. Kent Hughes

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Packed with exciting Biblical history, the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther display God’s faithfulness through trials, the promise of restoration, and the beauty of revival.

This commentary provides deep insights to help pastors and teachers draw connections between Ezra and Nehemiah, both of whom display godly leadership and the power of prayer. Then readers will follow Esther to learn how God’s providence reigns, even in a pagan world, and see how each of these Old Testament books points to the promise of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Pastor and experienced Bible expositor Wallace P. Benn expertly discusses Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther verse by verse, and provides insightful observations, illustrations, and applications.

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Wallace P. Benn

Wallace P. Benn is a well-known Bible teacher and preacher in the British Isles and Ireland. He is the founder of Bible by the Beach, a Bible-teaching convention in Eastbourne, England, and a trustee of Irish Church Missions, an evangelical church-planting agency in Ireland. Wallace and his wife, Lindsay, have two grown children and three grandchildren. They are members of St. Botolph’s Church in Kettering, England.

Product Details

Category: Commentaries & Reference
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 224
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 16.72 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7349-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7349-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433573491
Case Quantity: 20
Published: October 05, 2021

Table of Contents


Chronology and Timelines
Sermon Outlines
Chapter 1: Our God reigns!—See God!
Chapter 2: The Church Family Matters—See the Church!
Chapter 3: First Things First! Returning to Worship
Chapters 4, 5, and 6: Facing the Battle!
Chapter 6:13–22: The Temple was Finished & Dedicated
Chapters 8: Life as a Believer Has Its Challenges, and Can Be Difficult and Dangerous!
Chapters 9: The Danger of Dilution!
Chapters 10: Drastic because Holiness Matters

Sermon Outlines
Chapter 1: A Good Heart for God and His work
Chapter 2:1–10: Making the Most of the Opportunity!
Chapter 2:11–20: Sharing the Vision & Getting the Work Started
Chapters 3:1–32: The Family of God at Work
Chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7:1–4: Getting the Work Completed
Chapter 7:5–73a: The Importance of Continuity
Chapters 7:73b–8:18: Revival!
Chapter 9:1–37: Recounting the Goodness of God
Chapters 9:38–10:39: Renewing the Covenant
Chapters 11:1–36: Recreating Community
Chapter 12: 1–47: A Joyful Celebration & A New Beginning
Chapter 13:1–31: Broken Promises
Epilogue: And There’s More!...
Appendix 1: Leadership Lessons from Nehemiah

Sermon Outlines
Chapters 1 and 2: The Selection of Esther as Queen
Chapters 3 and 4: The Plot to destroy the Jews
Chapters 5, 6, and 7: Reversal of ‘fortune’ begins
Chapters 8 and 9: Deliverance for the Jews

A Select Bibliography: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther


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Walter C. Kaiser Jr.President Emeritus and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary