God Is Always on the Right Side of History

For followers of Jesus, life in a post-Christian society is wrought with sobering challenges. Political instability can breed fear and anxiety. Shifting moral norms and the rise of secularism can leave us feeling insecure about Christianity's influence on the broader culture. So we ask questions like, "Am I able stand for what's right and true? Am I brave enough? Will good triumph over evil? Will God be seen and glorified?"

God has answers for these questions, and we can find many of them in the book of Esther. Our six-week series in this special Old Testament book will help remind us that God always takes care of his people, that we can trust and obey, that we can have internal peace—because God is the one who is writing history.

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"Deliverance, Purim and the People of God" – Esther 8:3-10:3

Speaker: Nathan Hrouda  Date: Oct 30, 2016

Sometimes God chooses to deliver his people from trouble by working behind the scenes—in the small and seemingly random events of life. But what about the times we aren't delivered? Where is God? Even if our trials endure in this life, Jesus secured the ultimate deliverance for us on the cross.

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"The Feast with a Foe" - Esther 6:14-8:2

Speaker: John Larsen  Date: Oct 23, 2016

The feast Esther held for the king Ahasuerus and Haman was all about irony—and propitiation. Propitiation is an offering that appeases the wrath of an offended party *and* makes them favorable to the offender. In wrath, God ironically turns the plans of the wicked back on their own head. By grace, God ironically brings good for the suffering of the righteous.

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"Sleepless in Susa" - Esther 6:1-13

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Oct 09, 2016

Very small causes can have very large effects. The entire Jewish race was spared extermination because King Ahasuerus couldn’t sleep one night. And while God doesn’t always thwart our attempts—or the attempts of others—to do ourselves harm, our time is in hands. The unfathomable power of God is behind every moment of our lives. This truth should move us to a deep humility and profound happiness.

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"For Such a Time as This" - Esther 4-5

Speaker: Aaron Ritter   Date: Oct 02, 2016

God has positioned you in the space-time continuum for a particular reason. He has a good plan for you. But that plan is first about his honor. He wants you to speak and to stand for him. This requires sacrifice and a denial of our own honor. Esther was willing to sacrifice herself so that others could be saved, and Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of Esther’s example. To carry out the purpose God has for you, you have to look to the cross.

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"Suffering Unjustly in the Fear of God" - Esther 2:19-3:15

Speaker: Nathan Hrouda  Date: Sep 25, 2016

How do we "seek the welfare of our city" (Jeremiah 29:7) in a world oftentimes ruled by evil people? The church needs to be present and distinct—bringing good and being ready to suffer for doing right. To do this, we must remember that God is not surprised by our circumstances by evil actions. And we must remember who we are. We are citizens of heaven. Our first allegiance is to God. The only way to seek the welfare of our city is to put all of our hope in our eternal home.

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"A Cinderella Story (Only Seedier) - Esther 1:1-2:18

Speaker: Perry Paulding  Date: Sep 18, 2016

Esther is a story about how God is at work to protect, bless and deliver his beloved people—even when he can seem hidden to us. God’s plans are neither hindered nor thwarted by carnal, secular or worldly events. Nor are his purposes frustrated by moral failures. Esther was like us—flawed, human, struggling to live out her faith in God. But Jesus chooses us—common, lowly sinners—to do his work and be his bride.

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