Ezra 7:6, 10: “this Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.”
I had a phone conversation with my 22 year-old son recently, and the topic, as it often does, turned to theology. I asked him, “What is the point of theology?” We discussed this for a while, and then I said, “You know, I don’t care how well anyone can exegete a passage of Scripture if there is no living it out.”
Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water,...” (Ezra 10:6).
In addition, Ezra surrounded Himself with spiritually mature leaders:
Verse 25, in a nutshell, is the basis for how to go about a church plant: Find a leadership team and initial members who are filled with and have produced fruit born of God’s wisdom and who can pass it on through discipling others. Pretty simple, right? The leader and his team are to teach the Word of God and administer justice in the knowledge and under the authority of God. There you have it: “How to run a church, 101.”