Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

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Esther 8

 

1.     From your experience, what are the pros and cons of modern technology? 

a.     In what ways does it serve people?

b.     In what ways does it use people?

c.      Do you think it fosters a generational gap?

d.     How can it hinder or help the spread of the Gospel?

 

2.     Do you really believe that God loves his people? Do you really believe that he loves you as much as he loves any other believer?

 

3.     Who are the leaders in v.1-2 that God raised up to help lead his people through a difficult time?

a.     In what ways has God used people in leadership in your life to help facilitate your spiritual growth?

b.     How has he used you as a leader?

 

4.     What is the creative solution that God’s people devised in this passage to avert a tragedy?

a.     What is your plan to deepen your prayer life?

b.     What is your plan to deepen your knowledge of God?

c.      What is your plan to deal with the sin that you’re struggling with the most right now?

d.     What is your plan to become a better husband/father/wife/mother/daughter/son/etc.?

e.     What is your plan to become a better citizen?

f.      What is your plan to become a better disciple-making disciple?

 

5.     What are the resources that God provided in this passage that God’s people were able to use as good stewards of their responsibilities?

Name specific ways in which the following “resources” have been/are an encouragement to your own spiritual growth?

a.     Savior

b.     Spirit

c.      Salvation

d.     Scriptures

 

6.     The end of this chapter talks about the joy that came to the Jewish people as a result of Esther/Mordecai’s plan to save them.

a.     Do you think joyful Christians facilitate or hinder good evangelism?

b.     Do you think joyful Christians encourage false professions of faith?

 

7.     Name a way in which you’ve had the chance to teach the theme of Esther 8 to somebody else so far this week.