January 24, 2020 – January 31, 2020
Esther: Living Faithfully in an Unfaithful Culture
Esther became queen of Persia in dangerous times. It can be easy to read the story of Esther through a modern-day lens, as a fairytale story of ascent to royalty or an account of a pure hearted beauty pageant queen. But it’s important to remember that in Esther’s context, she was in an extremely vulnerable position as a woman, as a subject of the king, and as a Jew. In this Groundwork series, Dr. Carol Bechtel helps us set the biblical story of Esther in its original context and think about the original audience. Join us in discovering important truths about God’s presence and God’s providence in times and places, like Esther’s context, when it seems he is neither welcome nor wanted. Through our study of Esther, Mordecai, Haman, and King Ahasuerus (Xerxes), we’ll see God at work in unexpected places. Together we’ll find encouragement for living faithfully during our own experiences of vulnerability and embrace the assurance that God continues to work through the ordinary faithful actions of believers today.