Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

What Makes a Person Great?

Esther 10

 

Mordecai was a “great” person according to the text.  We can be great individuals as well, regardless of what formal leadership positions we hold or don’t hold.

 

1.     We all want to achieve some level of greatness, and God’s grace makes that possible for each individual believer.  But it takes a group of great people to comprise a great institution. 

a.     In what ways can your family strive to be great where you are not?

b.     In what ways can our church strive to be great where we are not?

c.      In what ways can our country strive to be great where we are not?

2.     Mordecai was great because he served King Xerxes well as “second in rank.”  How can you better serve those whom God has placed in leadership over you? At home? At church? In the common society of “state” where we spend much of our lives?

3.     Mordecai was great because he believed the right things about God and then he acted on them? 

a.     What have you learned about God from the example of Mordecai?

b.     What have you learned about spiritual growth from the example of Mordecai?

4.     Mordecai was also great because he influenced other people to believe and act properly.

a.     As Mordecai “sought the welfare” of the Jews, how can you seek the welfare of your spouse? Children? Coworkers? (hint: think “make disciples”)

b.     In what ways have people “spoken peace” to you over the years?  How has the influenced you toward Christlikeness?

5.     It is most important to realize that it is Christ who makes anybody great from the most important perspective.  Can you take a few minutes and rehears with your small group how Jesus has made you great?