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