BEFORE YOU GATHER
- If this is one of your first group meetings, 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 and/or CLICK HERE to review and remind your group of the Group Agreement.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this weekend’s message, here are a few suggestions of how your group can invite God into your time together.
- Thank God for the leaders in your life who you’ve been able to learn from.
- Pray for the leaders of the East Bay, our schools, churches, our nation.
- Ask God to reveal the context in your life where you have influence.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Is there someone in your life who has demonstrated great leadership?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we begin to explore the topic of leadership.
Open your Bibles together and ask a few people to read Esther 1 and 2 together.
- How did King Xerxes demand respect rather than earn it?
- What kinds of things does a leader do that makes you willing to give respect? What makes a leader worthy of the personal power they yield?
- Define influence.
- Consider the areas of influence you have in your life. What can you do to continue to earn the respect of those you influence?
- Describe the complexity of the situation in which Mordecai and Esther were living. What are the complexities of living in 2018?
- What support, resources, or tools do you have in your life to help you navigate complex situations?
- Who is your family and how do you prioritize them?
Closing Prayer: (5-15 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here are a few suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
- Ask God to show you the spheres of influence you have in your life.
- Ask God to give you wisdom as you navigate complex situations.
- Ask God to show you who your family is and how to prioritize them.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK
Identify areas of influence you have and those in your life who can help you navigate the complexity of that context.