EACH OF US HAVE A SET OF TOOLS IN LIFE
We Have a Voice – to Speak Up
We Have a Vote – to Take a Stand
We Have a Vocation – an Ability or a Position
LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF ESTHER – Esther 2:5-17
God Puts Each of Us in a Place Where We Can Shine. Matthew 5:16
God’s Gift Blesses When We Use It to Serve Others. 1 Peter 4:10
God’s Favor is Won by Being Willing to Learn & Grow. 1 Peter 3:3,4; 4:11
WHY DOES PERSECUTION HAPPEN? 1 Peter 4:12,13
Because Jesus Said It Would Even Though God is in Control!
Jesus Says That in Persecution We Can Have Joy!
It Is Part of Being on God’s Side.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT PERSECUTION? 1 Peter 4:14-16
It Happens When Good Stands Up to Evil.
It Often Spills Over to Those Who Are Vulnerable.
It Doesn’t Last Forever and there is Help.
HOW DO WE RESPOND TO PERSECUTION? 1 Peter 4:17-19
Focus on the Example of Jesus.
See It as an Opportunity for Growth.
Look for Good Christian Support.
Respond When We See Trials Coming – Esther 4:1-3
Hear the Call to Stand against Evil – Esther 4:4-8
Recognize the Obstacles in the Way – Esther 4:9-11
See the Greater Issues at Stake – Esther 4:12-14
Hear God’s Call to Action – Esther 4:15-17
• Gather Support
• Seek God’s Direction
• Fulfill Your Role
ESTHER TAKES THE HUMBLE APPROACH – Esther 5:1-8
She Approaches with a Mindset of Seeking
She Was Sensitive to Cultural Expectations
She Creates a Climate of Serving
HAMAN IS THE PICTURE OF PRIDE
Explosive Emotions Must Be Restrained – Esther 5:9-10
Possessions & Position Did Not Satisfy – Esther 5:11-13
Delights in Causing Suffering – Esther 5:14
WHAT DOES HUMILITY LOOK LIKE FOR US TODAY?
Value Others Above Myself – Philippians 2:3
Look Out for Concerns of Others – Philippians 2:4
Christ Jesus is the Ultimate Model – Philippians 2:5-7
How asking the right questions can help to make things right.
What do you WANT?
– Not about what’s on her heart, but ultimately what GOD wants.
– What are opportunities we see around us to help make things right?
Who is RESPONSIBLE?
– “For our struggle is not against FLESH AND BLOOD…” Ephesians 6:12
– Our influence in people’s lives will sway them to continue on oblivious to the enemy’s influence in their life, or reveal the eternal hope of a Savior who died to set them free.
What are we DOING?
– Are we engaging others in a ways the lifts them up and engages them with the
GOSPEL, COMMUNITY, and MISSION?
– How could God use us to CHANGE someone’s life?
Esther Identifies Herself with God’s People Esther 2:20; 4:14
Esther Devotes Herself to God’s Purpose Esther 4:16; 7:3,4a; 8:3,6
Esther Serves as Channel of God’s Blessing Esther 8:16,17; 9:22,28a