Series: Esther

Remembering God's Faithfulness

Dig In Questions:

1) Has there ever been a time in your life when you felt that your circumstances were a reflection of God's love for you? What was that season of life like for you?

2) What would you say to someone who truly believes their unfortunate circumstances are a reflection of God's love for them?

3) Read Exodus 14:14. What do you need to do in order to remain calm in the midst of poor circumstances?

4) When was a time that God showed up for you in a hopeless situation? Does that memory help you to trust God with your momentary circumstances? Why or why not?

5) What is one lesson that you can take away from this series on Esther?

God Rewards Our Faithfulness

Dig In Questions:

Read Esther 8

1) Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you felt like God gave you a fresh start or a new lease on life?

2) At FCC, we often say that “We are a bunch of imperfect people seeking after a perfect God”. How have you seen that demonstrated in the Bible? How have you seen that demonstrated in your own life?

3) In the sermon, it was said, “Rewards aren’t something we deserve - they are not something we earn.” If you are a Christian, how has God rewarded your faithfulness? If you are not yet a Christian, how have you been rewarded by doing life with believers?

4) Think of someone who you see as a person of great faith. What sets them apart from all the other “nice people”? Are there places in your life that need changed in order for people to see your faithfulness?

5) Read Psalm 84:10. Has this been your experience in life? How so?

God Is In Control

Dig In Questions:

Read Esther 7

1) Has there ever been a time in your life when God revealed His control within unfortunate circumstances? What impact did that have on your faith?

2) On Sunday, we discussed how “faith allows us to see that God is in control, even when we don’t know how our story will end.” How can our faith help us to remain confident that God is at work during difficult times?

3) Based on Esther 7, do you think that Esther had any doubts about approaching the king with her request in the midst of Haman? If so, how do you think she overcame those doubts or fears? How can we learn from her example?

4) Read Isaiah 46:9-10. Why do you think God asks His people to remember His past faithfulness? How can this help us in our current circumstances?

5) Read Jeremiah 32:27. How differently would you live your life if you truly believed that nothing was too hard for God?

6) Read Psalm 8:4. How does it feel to know that the same God who existed before anything else, created all things, sustains all things, is above all things, knows all things, rules over all things, and does whatever He wants, is madly in love with you?

Courageous Faith

Dig In Questions:

Read Esther 5 & 6

1) What would you have done or would you do differently if you had a little more courage?

2) How would those in your life be impacted if you lived with a more courageous faith?

3) Luke 1:37 reads, “For nothing is impossible with God.” Do you truly believe this or live like it’s true? Why or why not?

4) Read Hebrews 12:15. Based on Haman’s example, is there any root of bitterness that you need to let go of in order to enjoy the blessings in your life?

5) On Sunday, we talked about two different types of miracles - the instantaneous and the “miraculous in process”, (miracles that God pulls off over a long period of time.) Can you remember an example of each in your life? Have you thanked God for these?

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?