The book of Esther begins with a party prepared by a pagan king but ends with a party prepared for God's people . For God's people, their story started with sin and sadness, but ended in rejoicing and celebration. Even in times of challenges and hardships, God invites us and even commands us to rejoice. This Sunday we will read about God's people rejoicing at the end of their story, and we will explore what we have to rejoice in, even though we are in the middle of ours.
As many in our nation and on our island ache for justice in our lives and for those who experience racism, violence and abuse, maybe you feel paralyzed. How do we respond in the times we are living in? Esther 7 will provide encouragement and instruction on how to pursue gospel-centered justice.
God's providence means that He is working in ordinary lives to accomplish His good purposes. How should we live in response to this? Come explore Esther 6 with us as we grow in our relationship with Jesus.
Due to the short term and long term effects of this pandemic, we need to form strategies for how we navigate family, workplace, schooling and relationships. In Esther chapter 5, we will receive steps in how to think through such strategies.
In life, we make impactful decisions. Sometimes, we are led by our emotions and regret doing so. Other times we analyze the decision to the point of not deciding at all. The book of Esther speaks into this topic.
Our lives are often marked by tragedies and sins, yet the good news is these things do not have to define us. Join us as we see how the book of Esther speaks hope into our lives.
Perhaps you've found yourself not in the place you had hoped to be in life and your relationship with God. This message is for you! Come experience the hope we have in Jesus in our study through the book of Esther.
In times of insecurity, how should we view God's activity and our lives? Here are two truths from the book of Esther we can hold on to during these difficult times.