Esther 8

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Preacher: 
John Cormell
Bible verse: 
Esther 8

Chapter 8 of Esther is the point where salvation for the Jews has been determined but not yet fulfilled.  Esther and Mordecai have won the day, and the Jewish people are celebrating because their salvation is at hand. But other than enjoying a story with a happy ending, how does this affect you?
Here is what I want you to remember from my talk:

  • Be passionate for God’s people. Cry out to God. Get on your hands and knees and weep like Esther did. 
  • Be as shrewd as snakes and innocent as doves.
  • God can still use you, even if you’ve made some big mistakes.
  • Cultivate a desire for many people to come to Jesus because of you and let God use you as you are rather than trying to be like someone else.
  • Think about the great victory that Jesus has won for us.
For discussion: 
  1. What are you passionate about? (Esther was passionate about saving her nation.)
  2. How do you reconcile what I’ve said about fighting and killing in self-defence, with Jesus saying we should turn the other cheek? 
  3. Can you use your position to influence your workplace/school for good, to stand up for someone who is being unfairly treated. Can you do that?
  4. Spend some time asking God to put some of God’s people on your heart to pray for,
    • Spend some time asking God to put some non-christians on your heart to pray for,
    • Discuss who you want to pray for and anything you can do practically for them,
    • Pray together about this.

You can download the introductory video that John put together here.