BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
NOTE TO LEADERS: Pastor Ingold’s sermon is focused on inspiring and urging us to consider “Who am I here for?” The small group questions are designed to provide a space for reflection and structure to answer this question.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.
Take a moment in God’s presence to let it sink in that YOU are God’s poem, His art, His creation. And He is immensely proud of what He created in you. Ask God to reveal more clearly the way He intends to bless others through what He created in you.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Think back on a project, experience, activity, or event that you participated in that made you feel like you were doing something that truly mattered. What was it? What was the purpose? What did you enjoy/find fulfilling in it?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This Made For More series is designed to look at how God’s plans impact us as individuals and how those plans impact us as a church family here in the East Bay. Later on in the series we will cast some fresh vision for our church as a whole, and then we’re going to spend some time looking at what God has in store for each of our campus communities as well.
This week we will explore the question “How can Esther’s example help me answer the question: Who am I here to serve?”
Open your Bibles and together read Esther 4. Consider also reading one of these summaries of the book:
- Queen Esther is in a unique situation: she is Queen and she is a Jew. She is perfectly positioned to protect God’s people (Esther 4:14b). Think about the many aspects of your life. Is there a situation you are uniquely positioned to make a difference for God’s Kingdom?
- Mordecai did not come to Esther (Esther 4:4-11). Out of concern for her Uncle, she sent an attendant to find out the cause of Mordecai’s distress. By caring for her loved ones she discovered what God was calling her to. What things do you do for those you love? In what ways do you care for your brothers and sisters in Christ? Have you had a conversation (or conversations) with them that has showed you places God may be calling you?
- Esther didn’t act on her own impulses. Mordecai, her Uncle and parental figure, implored her to use her unique position to protect the Jews. Who in your life is a trusted voice that has urged you to take action or with whom you could discuss actions you feel called to take?
- Esther was not reactionary (Esther 4:16-17). She fasted & prayed and asked Mordecai and his people to do the same. She counted the cost and understood the risk. In what ways can you purify your heart and mind before God so that you are prepared to carry out His will?
CLOSING PRAYER (5-15 minutes):
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Thank you that we have a purpose and a calling bigger than our happiness and comfort.
- Give us wisdom and courage to walk in that calling.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK:
- Pay attention to the conversations you have with those you love and care for.
- Look at the places you are currently serving. Is there a way for you to use your influence to further build God’s Kingdom?
- Pray with someone you trust for wisdom and clarity in how to move forward.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP
- The Bible Project Overview of Esther: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JydNSlufRIs