Sermon preached by Matthew DelValle on February 12, 2023 at First Baptist Church in Delphi, Indiana. First Baptist Church is an evangelical church in Delphi, Indiana helping people find and follow Jesus. Our mission is to declare God’s truth, disciple God’s people, delight in God’s Son, and display God’s glory. Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:30am. Sunday School begins at 9:30am. We gather at 103 S. Indiana Street, Delphi, Indiana 46923.

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Big Idea:  Love, long, and labor with the Lord in view, because he will make all things new.

1)  Exposing Our Hearts [Zechariah 7:1–14]
       A.  A Pious Enquiry (7:1–3)
       B.  A Probing Question (7:4–7)
              1)  Manmade:  We focus on rules and rituals not ordained by God.
              2)  Motions:  We go through religious activity in the name of spirituality.
              3)  Motive:  We need to ask why we do what we do spiritually.
       C.  A Provocative Reminder (7:8–14)
              1)  Requirements (7:9–10)
              2)  Refusal (7:11–12a)
              3)  Retribution (7:12b–14)
                     a.  A Deaf Ear (8:13)
                     b.  A Desolate Exile (8:14)

2)  Enlarging Our Hope [Zechariah 8:1–23]
       A.  God’s Return:  A New Jerusalem (8:1–8)
              1)  A Renewed Relationship with God (8:1–3)
              2)  A Renewed Relationship with One Another (8:5–6)
              3)  A Renewed Relationship with the Surrounding World (8:7–8)
       B.  God’s Resolve:  A New Eden (8:9–17)
              1)  Promise (8:10–15)
              2)  Precepts (8:9, 13, 16–17)
       C.  God’s Residents:  A New Homecoming (8:18–23)