SERIES: Hunting Giants
MESSAGE: The Giant of Self: How One Person Can Make a Difference
SPEAKER: Skip Heitzig
SCRIPTURE: Esther 4:13-17

MESSAGE SUMMARY
On this weekend that commemorates the tragedy of September 11, 2001, we especially honor those who gave their lives in trying to rescue others, especially the first responders in law enforcement and fire departments, as well as citizens. Journalist Geraldine Brooks reminds us, “September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.” Today we look at the story of Esther’s choice to put self aside and make a difference for those facing death. Here we see the extent of her courage!

STUDY GUIDE
Connect Group Guide: September 12, 2021
Speaker: Skip Heitzig
Teaching: “The Giant of Self: How One Person Can Make a Difference”
Text: Esther 4:13-17

Main Point
On this weekend that commemorates the tragedy of September 11, 2001, we especially honor those who gave their lives in trying to rescue others, especially the first responders in law enforcement and fire departments, as well as citizens. Journalist Geraldine Brooks reminds us, “September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage.” In this study we look at the story of Esther’s choice to put self aside and make a difference for those facing death. Here we see the extent of her courage.

“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.’” —Esther 4:15-16 (NIV)

Talk about It

  1. Share a story where someone sacrificed their comfort, resources, status, or even their life for your benefit or someone you know. What impact did that have on you?
  2. Anti-Semitism has been around as long as the Jewish people. Spiritually, why do you think it continues to have such a stronghold in the world?
  3. In Esther 4:1-3, Mordecai had a public, loud, and visible display of grief. It got Queen Esther’s attention. What can we learn from Mordecai’s response to terror and tragedy?
  4. Discuss how the influence or prominence God has given you is God’s providence. How can God use you right where you are for His purposes?
“Stop spending your life and start investing it.” —Pastor Skip

Make It Practical
Trace the progression of Esther‘s attitude in Esther 4:4-17. Consider her character and how she handled the situation, and make comparisons to the character of Jesus. Read Mark 10:45 and John 15:12-13.
Pray
Lord, grant us ears to hear, eyes to see, wills to obey, hearts to love; then declare what You will, reveal what You will, command what You will, demand what You will. For the sake of the kingdom of God and for the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In His name, amen.

Cross references: Esther 3:13-15; 4:1-3, 10-12; Ecclesiastes 1:9; Matthew 20:28; Luke 17:20-21

OUTLINE


  1. A National Tragedy (3:13)

  2. An Expected Anxiety (4:1-3)

  3. A Strategic Opportunity (4:13-14)

  4. A Determined Bravery (4:15-17)

Keywords: bravery, the flesh, grief, providence, purpose, sacrifice, self, selfishness, selflessness, sorrow


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