Sermons on “Esther”

29 March 2020

This service is available in both video and audio format.

Chris concludes our series in Esther and ties up the themes and threads that have been running through the past few months. He also asks how we can apply them to our unusual current situation. Elsewhere in the service, Ricky leads prayers, Karen explains how the situation is affecting her and Barry and Lynne read a poem together.

Also, one of our worship leaders, Pete Roberts, has chosen the songs for us to listen to this morning. The playlist can be found in the paragraph below the video.

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Esther 9

Chris explores the themes of remembering and assembling in Esther chapter 9 and applies them to our own call to remember and assemble.

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Esther 8

Mordecai and Esther had different roles to play but were united in their goal. Similarly we are many but one body and we each have a part to play. In the light of this we should stand firm, putting on the full armour of God.
Susan reminds us of how God defeats the enemy in the places of despair and loss of hope; challenges us to identify those areas of our lives where despair and resignation have set in; and encourages us with the good news that the Lord, who is our shepherd, longs to shepherd our souls through every disappointment in life and to bring restoration. He restores our souls.

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Esther 7

In Esther chapter 7 we see God continuing to work through seeming coincidence to bring a divine reversal.  God bring this about through Esther as she recognises her royal position may have been given to her for a reason.  Chris sees the links with Holy Week and applies the a new testament perspective as we recognise that we were born for such a time as this.

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Esther 6

God works out His purposes within our free will. Through seeming coincidence He brings low the proud and lifts up the humble. In Jesus Chris He offers the greatest exchange of all: His righteousness for our sinfulness. Don’t just here the message. Accept the exchange for your life.

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Esther 5

Do our circumastances shape us? To some extent they do, but how they shape us depends on the decisions we make. In Chapter 5 the character of each person is revealed and God gives opportunity to repent or harden. After fasting and prayer Esther takes sensitive action. What one thing is God asking you to do?

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Esther 4

Destiny and fate are different. Esther has a destiny to fulfil but she must decided if she will do so. We too have a destiny and are called for such a time as this. The question is whether we will choose to fulfil our destiny.

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Esther 3

In this chapter a personal slight is escalated to attempted genocide. The plot explores freewill and God’s sovereignty. In the light of the cross, Chris challenges us to recognise our individual responsibilities to stand for truth and to oppose the prejudices which lead to genocide.

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Esther 2

In the midst of the mess of real life, in a hostile environment, Esther and Mordecai discover God’s favour and become part of His plan. Where might God’s favour be at work in our lives?

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Esther 1

As we begin a new series in Esther, Susan looks at the first chapter explaining how we can see that God acts even when it’s not immediately obvious. Chapter 1 sets the stage for everything that is to come…

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