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 people who lead you and those we get to lead.
- Pray for open hearts and minds to learn through Esther and Mordecai’s examples.
- Pray for the leaders of our schools, church, the East Bay, and our nation.
- Pray for unity and encouragement for/towards each other.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
The book of Esther is a “tables have been turned” story. What are some other stories or movies that have a similar outcome?
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we will explore more leadership principles from Esther 4 - 7.
- Describe a time when it felt like God was not aware of what you were going through, but then He worked out a series of “coincidences” that could only be His work. How did the outcome change?
- Esther kept the fact that she was Jewish hidden until the timing was right to reveal it. Are there people in your life over which you have influence but perhaps have not yet revealed the good news of Jesus to?
- Read Proverbs 18:4 and 18:20 out loud with one another. Leaders challenge others to greatness. How have words influenced you, either positively or negatively? What life-giving words can you use to pour into those you are leading?
- Leaders ask for prayer. Who are the people in your life you can call on to pray for you? Do you utilize this principle? Share an example.
- Esther was creative in how she led. Share a leadership situation when you led differently than you had before. What was the outcome? Why is it important to do things differently based on who we are leading?
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.
- Pray for each other and the leadership challenges we may be facing this week.
- Ask God for wisdom, words and timing in leading those around us.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK
Re-read the book of Esther, perhaps 1-2 chapters a day. Reflect on the leadership principles we have gleaned from this story and how we can apply them to our stories.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP
- (Video, Blog and Article Resource) The Bible Project: Esther