Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

The Queen to a Many-Woman Man

Esther 2:1-18


1.     Jeremiah tells us that God has promised to keep his promises to us.  Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

a.     What are the plans that God has for his New Covenant people?

b.     When is he ultimately going to fulfill these plans?

c.      What does this mean and what does this not mean for the present?

2.     Do you have a difficult family past?

a.     In what ways was the family of Mordecai and Esther disadvantaged? 

b.     What are the disadvantages you have experienced as a result of a difficult family past?

c.      In what ways have you seen God do amazing things in your life as a direct result of a difficult family past?

d.     How do you acknowledge a difficult past without comparing yourself to others, either favorably or unfavorably? 

e.     If your present family situation can improve, what is your plan to improve it?

f.      How does Esther’s story in this chapter give you encouragement that God can use you?

3.     Are there things about you that you cannot change that incline you to think that God won’t or can’t use you?

a.     How do you distinguish between the things about you that you can change and those that you can’t change?

b.     As you feel comfortable opening up to your small group, what are some of the things about the way God has made you that you struggle accepting?

c.      According to 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, why does God do what he does in sovereignly making people like he wants them to be?

4.     Are you in a very perplexing situation where you feel like there’s no way out or where you feel like there are no right answers or options?

a.     Tactfully describe Esther’s options in this chapter.  Are you offended by the fact that God’s sovereignty used Esther’s sexual compromises?

b.     How would you advise your daughter if she were in Esther’s shoes?

c.      In what ways are you glad that God is able to provide Christ-honoring results from “no win” situations?

d.     How does the story of Jesus’ virgin birth show that God is able to solve unsolvable problems?