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Identity Crisis - Esther 5

This is a sermon by Scott McKay from the evening service on 11th July 2021.

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Esther 5:1-14 – Identity Crisis

Introduction

            Euros 2021 – England win or lose

 

            The nations ‘identity crisis’

 

 

 

Will Esther go the way of Vashti? (5:1-8)

            Courage in the face of uncertainty (v1-2)

 

                        Architecture and Archaeology

 

 

                        Courageous love means risk for us

 

            Craftiness in the face of unpredictability (v3-8)

 

 

                        Crafty love means we’re dangerous

 

 

 

Will Haman go the way of pride? (5:9-14)

            Haman has been lifted up (v9-12)

 

 

 

 

 

            Mordecai needs lifting up (v13-14)

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

            “The third day…”

 

 

 

Questions: How do you view identity? How would you go about evaluating what your identity is built upon and shaped by? In what ways is Gospel-shaped and Gospel-driven love making you feel unsafe? In what ways are you having an impact because of your courageous and crafty love? What is meant by the phrase: “as a Christian, things may explain you but they don’t define you”? Why did Haman struggle with his ‘identity’ and self-worth? What warnings are there for us as believers? How has this passage and sermon strengthened your courage? How has the passage and sermon pointed you to Jesus?

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