The Whole Story: Exile and Return – Esther
We just wrapped up the portion of The Whole Story called the Broken Kingdom. This week we are going to take a look at the book of Esther. This Old Testament book is quite interesting because it never mentions God by name, yet He is still there, working amongst His people.
The same is true for us in our lives. There may be times when we don’t tangibly feel God’s presence, yet He is still there, working in the background of our lives. It can seem that we are all alone, left to walk through life with no direction, when in fact; God is with us every step of the way.
As we come together to worship, we will begin our time singing, “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. When Matt talks about this song, he often says, “If God never did another good thing for me, I still have reason to praise Him.” I think this is so true. When we are in the midst of struggle we often forget what God has already done both in our everyday lives and at the cross of Calvary. Thinking of these things reminds us to praise Him for what He has done and to trust Him for the things to come. We see the past and this helps us believe for the future.
As we continue in this mindset, we will sing, “It Is Well (Through It All), by Bethel and “Cornerstone” by Hillsong. Both of these songs are reminders to keep our eyes fixed on Him, our sure foundation, the one whom we can put all of our hope and trust.
As we worship through the giving of our tithes and offering we will reflect on the song, “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe. Even in the darkest parts of our lives He was and is there. How true was this for Esther, but also for us today?
As we respond to the message, we will declare the truth that we can say, ”It Is Well” because of the overwhelming victory we have in Christ. This leads us to a place of worship to Him. We will sing, “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin.
- 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) - YouTube| Amazon| iTunes | Spotify
- It Is Well – YouTube| Amazon| iTunes| Spotify
- Cornerstone – YouTube| Amazon| iTunes | Spotify
- I Am Not Alone – YouTube| Amazon| iTunes | Spotify
- I Will Rise – YouTube| Amazon| iTunes | Spotify
- Holy Spirit (Connections Campus) – YouTube | Amazon | iTunes | Spotify