Big Idea: The Gospel changes everything. When God is at work in our lives, we see both slow, incremental change and radical reversals. The radical reversals are analogies of the gospel warning of judgment and proclaiming hope in salvation.
I. When the wheels come off
A. The day you read about genocide (Esther 3:14-4:1)
B. Haman’s fall (Esther 6:10,12,14; 7:8,10)
II. When it all comes together
A. Esther’s promotion “for such a time as this”
B. Mordecai’s promotion
C. God saves his people.
III. The two great reversals for us:
A. The reversal of judgment (Luke 13:1-3)
B. The reversal of the gospel
1. Once we were... (Ephesians 2:1-3)
2. But now in Christ we are... (Ephesians 2:4-10)
3. Today is the day of salvation.
1) Is there a day you look back on in your life when everything changed? Was it for good or bad? Can you think of examples of each?
2) Can you relate with Haman in that you have observed things start happening very rapidly? Have you ever had a time when you figured there was enough time but it turned out there wasn’t?
3) What do you make of all the natural disasters in the news? How do you react when some area of the world is hit with disaster? Do some disasters have a lasting or permanent effect on you? If not, how long do you suppose a natural disaster grabs your attention? A day, a week, a month, a year, or a decade?
4) If you are comfortable doing so, describe what your life was like before Christ. What were some of your dominant patterns/habits? What were your relationships with others like (family, co-workers, etc.)?
5) What has your life been like since you encountered God’s grace (if you have)? What are some of the areas in which you have seen the biggest change? Did all the areas in which you are not like Jesus disappear? Why do you suppose some things changed right away while others didn’t?
6) What is the clearest conversion experience you can think of when encountering Jesus changed everything? Please tell the story.
7) Why do you think people harden their hearts when they hear God’s voice calling?