Community Group Gathering via ZOOM
Due to the need for social distancing and to help keep everyone healthy, we will be holding our Community Group gatherings online via ZOOM.
So grab dinner, a drink or a snack, and join us live for fellowship & discussion on our current Sunday sermon or designated topic.
If you would like to join us, contact Judy Furlong for the Zoom meeting link.
Judy 562.544.8365 (mobile)
Tonight’s Discussion Topic: God’s Providence in the Story of Esther, sermon by Pastor Ed Bryant
1. Although the name of God is never used in this book, what details in the story imply and recognize him?
2. We attempted to explain the links in the chain of events that unfold in these brief chapters. The connection between events was easily recognized and followed because the author highlighted them for the reader. Many events were passed over and years were compressed into a few verses to make the chain clear and unmistakable. Our own personal histories are also composed of a chain of ordinary events that spans years, however, we may have difficulty connecting events and realizing their relationship to what happened before or afterwards. Can you connect a few dots in your life and see God’s invisible hand in your journey? How many links are you aware of?
3. What is the big picture in the story of Esther? That is, what does God accomplish by the chain of events narrated in this book?
4. God’s providence was most manifested in the timing of events and the ironic reversal of justice. Was timing a critical factor in your life at some point and gave you pause when you realized God’s hand was at work on your behalf? What striking experience of providence do you remember? Did you write it down?
5. Foundational to one’s faith is the belief that God is still working behind the scenes in the affairs of this world whether nations or individuals. How is that belief reflected in practical experience? Is the church the special object of God’s providence?