Community Groups 9/22

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Pastor Greg finished the book of Esther this week – For Such aTime as This: Part 2. Next week is Harvest America Sunday, meaning that next Sunday we have the opportunity as a church to reach out to our neighbors and family members with the gospel by inviting them to either Sunday morning or Sunday night as Harvest America will be live streamed into our own Church from Philadelphia.

Group Discussion questions:

1.) Esther exercised wisdom in her banquet preparation and didn’t speak too soon or too late when she went before the King to challenge the decree and motives of Haman. Even in all his power, the King heard Esther patiently and God used her request to change his heart. No man is beyond God’s reach not even kings. But why are we slow to engage these powerful people in our lives? What are some of our fears? How does the gospel help us face those fears of engaging others for Jesus’ sake?

2.) Pastor Greg mentioned how the biblical understanding of reaping and sowing comes full swing in then climax of this story. A heroic act by Mordecai years earlier was providentially mentioned to the King at the perfect moment, which actually preserved his life. The Bible tells us as believers to not grow weary in doing good (Gal 6). How ought we to respond in light of our own personal ministries this week? Have you grown weary? How does our view of God’s work shape and strengthened our everyday work?

3.) God can take impossible situations and turn them around for his glory. Mordecai and the rest of the Jewish community are facing execution under a powerful man (Haman). Yet, God used a seemingly small detail to radically flip outcome this event. What “apparently” small details are in your week that you don’t always take before The Lord? If God is involved in those seemingly small details how does this affect your prayer and work?

4.) Throughout the book of Esther, God is always present and at work even though His name is never directly mentioned. As well, he is also at work in our lives whether we feel him or not. In what ways have you noticed God working in your life that wasn’t evident in the moment? How does this truth motive you in your faith to trust God and his plan?

Group Prayer Requests:

Repentance.

Pray and confess the times where you began to let your awareness of the world around you slip away into naivety and you weren’t on your toes to be used by God.

Thanksgiving.

Thank God that he has a plan. That even though we can’t always trace his hand we can trust his heart as C.H. Spurgeon once said.

Supplication.

Ask the Lord to empower you with the Holy Spirit so that you can be ready when that moment comes in your life, like it did for Esther, to be used by him in a mighty or simple.

**The following questions are used by Harvest Community Groups to facilitate discussion time in a small-group setting and to dig deeper into God’s Word. We encourage you to use them in your home or small group – or better yet, join one of our Community Groups! Information can be found at Communitygroups.harvest.org.**