Small Group Questions
Esther Chapter 10
Read Esther 10:1-3; Psalm 127:1; Colossians 3:23; Luke 9:23-25; Romans 5:8; Proverbs 3:5-6
Today’s message was the concluding message in the series on the book of Esther appropriately entitled, “Legacy.” Everyone loves a good story, and Esther is certainly has all the elements of a good story. In this message, Pastor Trev used the final chapter of Esther to offer practical advice on how each of us can build a good story; a legacy worth telling.
1. Pastor Trev began by saying that he loves a good story. He emphasized that he is far less concerned about the number of people than he is the stories each person represents. Who is the most interesting person you have ever met (does not need to be celebrity, just someone who was/is exceedingly interesting)? What makes this person so interesting to you? Is there one particular story that stands out about this person?
2. Read Esther 10:1-3. Pastor Trev pointed out that in the entire book of Esther, “God is never mentioned once, but we see the hand of God at work throughout the entire story.” Is God part of your story? Remembering that God is there even when we don’t see Him, how would others see God’s influence in your story?
3. Read Psalm 127:1. This verse clearly indicates that without God, our labors, as good as they may seem to others, are in vain. Do you agree with this? How can we turn our labor into God honoring work without changing jobs or vocations? (hint: Colossians 3:17, 23; Philippians 2:14)
4. Read Esther 10:3. While the book is titled Esther and indeed is all about her, it could easily have been called the book of Mordecai, for he is also clearly a hero throughout the story. In Esther 10:3 we see that he was held in high esteem by both the Jews and the Persians because: 1) he worked for the good of his people, and 2) he spoke up for the welfare of all the Jews. Pastor Trev pointed out that speaking up can be risky, and sometimes we avoid risk by playing it safe. Would you say you are a risk taker or a play-it-safer? Are there places where it is difficult for you to speak up for God (i.e. workplace, gym, etc.)? What could you do to overcome your hesitancy and begin to share God’s love?
5. Read Luke 9:23-25 and Romans 5:8. Jesus asks us to deny ourselves, give up our rights, and follow Him faithfully. Romans 5:8 reminds us that it cost Jesus everything to settle our sin account with God. Pastor Trev said, “Without faithfulness it is impossible to write a story worth telling.” What areas of your life involve faithfulness (i.e. marriage, relationship, co-workers, etc.)? How does faithfulness, or lack thereof, affect how you relate to others?
6. Read Proverbs 3:5-6. Pastor Trev concluded by reminding us that we are often like a small child clinging to a crayon and wanting to color wherever we want, with few restrictions. We can write our life stories the same way, carelessly and without restraint, but that is not what God wants. In fact, God wants to make our story beautiful, but to do so we have to give Him control so that He can write something worth reading. Do you have difficulty releasing everything to God and allowing Him to direct your steps? We are all rebellious to some extent (Romans 3:23). Are you willing to give God more opportunity to write your story? Pause and pray for His help in doing so.
Challenge: Memorize Romans 5:8