Posted by: StrongStakes | December 29, 2009

Grace Reviewed … Equipping for the Future


For the men who attended last night’s final Bible study of 2009, we were BLESSED to hear the testimonies of three men (Nate, Steve T. & Bob H.) who reflected on God’s grace in their lives.  The evening was filled with prayer for these men, then capped off by a brief time of communion over the Lord’s Supper.

Now as we set our sights on 2010, let’s review the primary purpose for our Monday night studies:  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17  NIV).

The Apostle Paul also teaches us that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10  NASB).

Our methodology is much like how Dr. Luke describes the early believers in Berea:  “… they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11  NASB).

As we jump back into our study of Esther next Monday, Jan. 4th, here are questions to aid your preparation for chapter four:

  • What do “sackcloth and ashes” signify (v. 1)?
  • Describe Queen Esther’s response (v. 4).
  • Why do you suppose she “sent garments to clothe Mordecai”?
  • What was Esther risking in v. 11?
  • What was the significance of the “golden scepter”?
  • Unpack the bigger theological picture of Esther 4:14.

Remember to download next Monday’s handout on Esther chapter four.  It is available at the “Media Drop Box” located on the right-side toolbar, under “Bible Study Tools.”

The study starts at 7 pm … dessert included!

~ tr


  1. An interesting thought as you plan 2010…

    Things happen in the presence of God that do not happen anywhere else.

    In 2010 make it your habit to get into God’s presence every day (Psalm 32:7).

    In His presence, you think differently, you talk differently, and you act differently. Your BEST comes out of you!


  2. Amen Bob. It’s easy to be “Christian” when you around other Christians. It’s more difficult as you venture out into the world around us. But if we get into His presence as you suggest, everything seems much more orderely. Let’s all see how we can influence others in the world as we operate in His presence this year.
    Happy New Year

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