January 26, 2020

Esther

Allan Bartlam

Esther is one of those Bible characters who gets a whole book to herself, and rather than highlighting a single chapter or incident this BibleProject video tells the whole story as an animation. The book is unusual in that it never mentions God at all, yet, as Allan points out, God is clearly at work even through imperfect people. Esther finds herself in the right place at the right time, the only person who can save her people from destruction but having to risk her own life to achieve it. What's our unique role?

Discussion questions can be downloaded here.

January 19, 2020

Daniel

Chris Turner | Daniel 6:1-23 

While many of the characters we've looked at in the Lessons for Life series had major flaws, Daniel is exceptional in that even his enemies could find no fault in him. Chris explains how Daniel remained true to God even after being taken into exile as a captive. It's a challenge to us all as we seek to live out our faith in a largely unbelieving world. (Sorry that the audio quality of the recording falls a bit short of the standard we like to achieve but the message is still perfectly clear.)

Discussion questions can be downloaded here.

Daniel so distinguished himself among the chief ministers and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. At this, the chief ministers and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally these men said, 'We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.'

January 12, 2020

Elijah

Chris Chalmers | 1 Kings 18:1-39, Mark 8:27-30 

The word "legend" is overused these days but Elijah really was a key figure in God's story, inspiring hope even in Jesus' time. Chris tells the story of Elijah's confrontation with one of Israel's worst kings and encourages us to find out where we fit in to God's story today.

Discussion questions can be downloaded here.

At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: 'Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.' Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

 

Bobbie Frere | Matthew 2:1-12 

In a dramatised account we meet not just the Magi but some of the other people involved in their story. How did each of them react to the news that a new King of the Jews had been born? First Peter, then Bobbie, encourages us to seek and worship the newborn King.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.'

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