For Such A Time As This

Dig In Questions:

Read Esther 3:8 through all of Esther 4

1) Last week, we talked about ways in which we can stand out in our faith. How do you feel you did with that responsibility this week?

2) Read Galatians 1:10. Mordecai’s obedience pleased God, but obviously displeased people, (Haman & Xerxes). Have you experienced a situation like this in your own life? What was that like for you?

3) Read Hebrews 4:16. Do you feel that you take full advantage of having immediate access to God, our King? Why or why not? How can you start to improve this?

4) “God can and will use anyone to accomplish His purpose in this world, but what if He wants to use you?” How do you respond to this statement? Are there any reasons why you think God couldn’t use you to do something remarkable in this world? Be honest with yourself, (and those around you), and also take some time this week to pray those excuses away!

5) On Sunday, we heard that “We are right where we are, just as we are, for such a time as this so people can see that they have not been forgotten by God, and that He has unveiled an amazing plan to bring them into a relationship with Him.” What are some unique ways that God has positioned you for “such a time as this” to make a difference in “your kingdom”?

Living Out Your Faith

Dig In Questions:

1) Why do you think Mordecai chose to be defiant in the way that he did?

2) What area(s) of your life do you need to have a little more of that “Mordecai defiance”?

3) Does your faith in God cause you to stand out or blend in with the world around you? How so or why not?

4) Read Matthew 5:14-16. Is there an area of your life that is costing you or has cost you your Christian influence?

5) Read Matthew 10:16. In what ways can living out your faith be dangerous in today’s culture?

6) Read Matthew 16:24. Why does Jesus demand absolute surrender from his followers?

We Are Not Forgotten

Dig In Questions:

1) Left out. Left Behind. Last one picked. Un-wanted. Un-heard. Unnecessary. Not needed. Not included. Not noticed. With out purpose. With out a plan. Without hope. Too damaged. Too lost. Too far gone. Failed. Floundering. Forgotten.

Do any of these reflect how you feel or have felt in the past?

2) Have you ever felt Forgotten by God? Describe what that experience was like.

3) We live in an “Instant Society”. How have the instant access and availability of so much of life caused you to have distorted or unrealistic views of your relationship with God?

4) How has your pain or struggle or bad situation actually brought you closer to God? Why do you think it did?

5) Describe a time in your life where you actually waited on God and realized that his plan and purpose was better than the one you wanted to rush into.

6) Read Romans 8:28. What do we learn about God’s plans from this verse? What do we learn about our lives from it?

Are You More Like Jonah Or Jesus?

Dig In Questions:

Read the book of Jonah (c’mon...its only four chapters)

1) Has God ever asked you (or nudged you) to do something difficult? How did you respond to this?

2) Why do you think that Jonah was so opposed to taking the message of God to the city of Nineveh?

3) During Sunday's teaching, this quote was shared: “You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” - Anne Lamott. Why do you think that Christians struggle with seeing people the way that God sees people? What can you do to help eliminate this from your own life?

4) Jonah had to wreck his life in order to once again turn towards God, yet God's mission for Jonah never changed. Why do you think God uses imperfect people to tell others about His perfect love?

5) In chapter 4, we see that Jonah didn’t believe that evil people deserved a chance to be forgiven by and to follow after a good God. What group(s) of people have Christians become known for rejecting? How do you think God feels about this?

6) On Sunday, we posed this question: Are you more like Jonah or more like Jesus? If you are more like Jesus, then you won't withhold God's love from anyone. With that being said, who do you need to reach out to and love this week?

Abraham & Isaac

Dig In Questions:

1) What is one of the most difficult things that God has asked you to do? Is God asking you to do anything difficult right now?

2) On Sunday we discussed how: “Great things are in store for Abraham if he can just stay out of his own way.” What are some ways that you seem to get in your own way on your faith journey and what do you need to do in order to change this?

3) As impatient people we often see that Gods plan for our lives conflicts with our impatience. We don’t get what we want when we want it, but instead when God wants us to have it. Has your impatience ever conflicted with Gods plan for your life? What was that time like for you?

4) At the age of 99 God reinforces his promise to unfaithful Abraham. Why do you think that God was so patient and with Abraham after many years of disobedience?

5) Why do you think God tests us? How has your faith been tested before and how did this effect you?