Posts Tagged ‘Esther’

God In the Details

Posted: December 13, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Uncategorized
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Attention Funnel: Who Wins In a Fight (Minor Detail Determines the Winner)

Introduction:

  • Reminder of where we are at…
  • In the first lesson the title was Where is God? and tonight we finish off the series by seeing that God is in the details.
  • This falls under what people often call the providence of God – reference Romans 8:28 – “God works all things together for the good of those who love him.”

Big Idea: God Orders All the Details of our Lives.

Passage: Esther 5:9-7:10 (Really focusing on chapter 6)

 Main Points:

  • God controls our coincidences.
  • God’s providence should us to be content and patient.
  • No detail is insignificant in God’s hands.

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For Such A Time As This

Posted: November 29, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Esther Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Opposites Game

Introduction:

  • Two things that often seem to be opposite are God’s sovereignty and our action.
  • God’s sovereignty means that he is in control of everything that happens. He has directed history to the exact place that we are ate right now. Nothing has happened that he did not plan and purpose to happen.
  • Currently he is directing every detail according to his will, nothing happens that is outside of his control.
  • And he knows all that will happen in the future because he has planned for it to happen already and he has the power to make it happen.
  • Verses: Ephesians 1:11; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 44:7; 64:8.
  • It’s easy to respond to this by saying, “Well then it doesn’t matter what I do. If God is entirely in control, if he has worked out history, is guiding the present, and already planned out the future… then why does it matter what I do?”
  • Like going to a restaurant where they give you a menu and there’s only one choice – “Do you want the roast beef or the roast beef?” You don’t have any choice. This is how we can often paint God’s sovereignty and our action… it’s one or the other, but they can’t go together.
  • But Esther Chapter 4 and 5 show us something different

Big Idea: Faith in God’s sovereignty leads to action.

  • Set the Stage for where we are.
    • Persia – Most powerful empire in the World.
    • Xerxes – The current King who is self-centered and over-indulgent.
    • Esther – Has risen to become queen through an immoral situation.
    • Mordecai – Esther’s cousin and adoptive father who is also in a position of power.
    • Haman – The second most powerful man in the Empire – Mordecai disrespects and refuses to show him honor and Haman responds by coming up with a plan to kill all the Jews in Persia.

 Passage: Esther 4-5:8

Main Points

  • Theology is more than just head knowledge.
  • You are where you are because God wants you there.
  • Faith translates to risky obedience.
  • Jesus took the ultimate step of risky obedience for us.

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Look At the Mess I’ve Made

Posted: November 23, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Esther Lessons
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Introduction:

  • Refresh from last week – Esther Chapter 1 and 3
    • Last week we talked about the fact that God never abandons his people.
    • We looked at how in Esther chapter 1 and 3 powerful people and random chance seems to be what control the circumstances we face.
    • But as we looked behind the surface we saw God’s hand at work directing things according to his plan.
    • We also talked about how God can often seem distant or even absent (remember God is never mentioned in the book of Esther).
    • And we talked about how life will not go how we planned or expected it too… there will be things that we face that we really don’t want to, but in the midst of these we hang onto the faith that God is good, wise, and powerful, despite what our circumstances may want us to believe.
    • The Cross is the ultimate exclamation point of God’s faithfulness… it’s where we need to fix our eyes especially when life is not going how we want it too.
  • Tonight, I want us to look at chapter 2. It’s here that we see Esther’s rise to power.
  • Her rise to power is marked by compromise and sin.

Attention Funnel: People More Famous their Mistakes then their successes.

  • We all don’t want to be known or remembered for our mistakes.
  • We have many things in our lives that we regret, that we wish we could just forget, and that we hope no one remembers us for.
  • I want to show tonight how God takes imperfect people and the messes they’ve made and redeems them for his purposes.

Big Idea: God uses imperfect people for his perfect purposes.

Passage: Esther 2:1-3:1

Main Points:

  • Esther is far from perfect.
  • God uses Esther for his purposes.
  • Redemption is all about God saving and using broken people.

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Where is God?

Posted: November 15, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Esther Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Where’s Waldo?

Series Introduction: Esther: When God is Silent

  • What do you know about the story of Esther?
    • God is never mentioned.
    • It takes place in Persia during the reign of Xerxes
    • There are 4 main Characters (King Xerxes(Ahasuerus), Esther, Mordecai, and Haman)
    • It’s a bit like Where’s Waldo? God seems to be absent, and yet God is hidden in the story and once we see him we can’t believe that we missed him all along.
    • The author uses things like coincidences, sudden reversals, and irony to help us see how God’s hand is at work even as his name is not mentioned.

Big Idea: God NEVER abandons His people.

Passage: Esther 1 and 3

Main Points:

  • God often seems distant or absent.
  • Your life will not go as planned and expected.
  • God is in control of every circumstance.
  • The cross is God’s exclamation point of faithfulness!

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