“Justice” Esther 9:1-16 I) _______ did we get here? II) Some people don’t _________ what happens here III) But ___________ is served IV) And the message of the __________ is one of justice A) All have __________ B) Sin has ____________ V) _____________ there is a measure of justice in this life VI) We _________ have to wait for justice VII) But we can be certain that justice will eventually ___________ A) In _______________ B) With ______________ VIII) How should we ____________? A) With __________ B) With ________________ C) With ________________
Esther 6:1-6:14 I) The definition of ____________ II) The ____________ of pride A) It is ___________ B) It keeps us from __________ III) Examples of pride in _______________ IV) What does ____________ say makes us proud? A) ________________ B) ________________ C) ________________ D) ________________ E) ________________ F) ________________ G) ________________ H) ________________ IV) What are the ___________ of pride? A) _____________ B) _____________ C) _____________ D) _____________ V) What should make us ____________?
“The Ministry of Intercession” Esther 5:1-8 I) We are called on to intercede for others here on the ___________ II) We are called on to intercede for others before __________ A) We can and do pray for _______________ B) But we are also called to pray for ____________ C) __________ is our greatest example for intercessory prayer D) When we intercede we should be ____________ E) When we intercede we should be ____________ III) We are called on to intercede for ________ before others
“Victory in Jesus” Esther 4:8-16 I) Esther becomes a _________ II) Mordecai discovers a __________ III) __________ seeks to destroy all the Jews IV) Mordecai asks ___________ to intervene V) Esther is a _______________ of Jesus Christ A) Esther foreshadows Jesus’ willingness to ________ B) Esther foreshadows Jesus’ ministry of ________________ C) Esther foreshadows Jesus’ ministry of ________________ VI) Esther foreshadows the ______________ of God’s people A) Over ______________ B) Over ______________ C) Over ______________ D) Over ______________
“God’s Call to Service” Esther 4:16 I) God’s calling in _______________ A) The call to _________________ B) The call to __________________ C) The call to __________________ D) The call to __________________ 1) We’re all called to a _________________ of service i) We have a __________ calling ii) Our lives should be dedicated to __________ iii) Our lives should be dedicated to God’s _____________ iv) We have been created for good _____________ v) God gives us ___________ to facilitate our service 2) We’re sometimes called to a specific _________ of service 3) Some of us are called to full time ______________ service II) ______________ call to service and what it teaches us A) She is called to a _______________ act of service B) Her _________________ doesn’t disqualify her 1) She’s in ________ company! 2) ___________ can keep us from service 3) _______________ can keep us from service C) She recognizes the _______________ of her service 1) We need to recognize the importance of the ______________ 2) We need to acknowledge the importance of __________ D) She commits herself fully to __________
“Blessed are those who mourn” Esther 4:1-17 I) ________________ is a fact of life A) We mourn because of ________________ B) We mourn because of the sin of _______________ C) We mourn because of ____________ D) We mourn because of our own ___________ II) ______________ likes to mourn III) Mourning can lead to _______________ IV) Why is fasting ______________? A) Fasting implies _______________ B) Fasting implies ___________ V) God’s people are always called to ___________ A) A sample ______________ B) The _____________ of prayer
Prejudice and Hate Esther 3:1-15 I) Mordecai’s bad example of ______________ A) Mordecai won’t bow to _______________ B) Some think that it’s for _____________ reasons C) Seems to be rooted in ____________ II) Haman’s worse example of prejudice and __________ A) Haman ___________ B) Haman ___________ C) Haman suggest ______________ D) Antisemitism seems to be _____________ E) But perhaps not ______________ III) Prejudice and hate aren’t restricted to ___________ IV) _____________ have to face it V) But Christians shouldn’t ________________ in it A) We need to acknowledge the danger of _____________ B) We need to remember that we’re all _______________ C) We need to remember that _________ treats us all the same D) We need to remember that God calls us to __________ E) We’re even called to love our _____________! VI) We may also see a hint of _________!
How do we Handle the Horrible? (A PG-13 rated sermon) Esther 2:1-18 I) We are reminded of the problem of ___________________ A) Our introduction to the _______________ of the king B) The ongoing ______________ of dealing with the king C) The exploitation of young ___________ D) The exploitation of young __________ E) Exploitation _____________ 1) _____________ 2) _______ trafficking II) We see the lengths people are driven to when _______________ themselves A) Hiding ____________ because of racism B) Adapting to ____________ circumstances to survive III) How can we _______________ to the issues in our society? A) Don’t engage in activities that ____________ it 1) _______________ 2) ___________ immorality B) __________ for the victims of it C) Be sensitive to God’s guiding for _______________ D) Truly believe that God can bring good out of ___________
What Should Marriage Look Like? Esther 1:13-2:4 I) ________________ is not God’s Standard A) The 1st marriage was performed by __________ B) The 1st marriage was _________________ C) The 1st marriage shows God’s ____________ D) Recording facts does not imply _______________! E) Scripture talks about _____________ to protect women F) And ________ are warned against it II) Adultery is ________________ Forbidden III) Polygamy and Adultery are _________________ IV) What Should the ____________ Relationship Look Like? A) There is a hierarchy in the ___________ B) But with privilege comes _______________ C) Men are to _______________ love their wives D) Women are to ___________ their husbands 1) If you have to __________ respect you don’t have it 2) Respect flows from the _____________ example of love
The Importance of Good Advice! Esther 1:13-22 I) The _________ wasn’t wrong to seek advice II But his _______________ left something to be desired A) There are lots of examples of _______ advice in the Bible B) Why is this ___________ bad? 1) They _____________ the king by validating his behavior 2) It is _______ serving i) They are concerned about their own _________ ii) They may be concerned about their own _________! 3) It encourages ___________ i) By the interpretation of Persian _________ 4) It is the ______________ of what the Bible says we should be looking for III) What does __________ advice look like? A) It is _____________ B) It is _________ C) It is _______________ 1) The _____________ is our best counselor 2) And the ___________ helps us to be discerning