“How to Sacrifice Your Life and Stay Alive” Esther 3 _ 4 Sermon by csgirla


									          “How to Sacrifice Your Life and Stay Alive”
                          Esther 3 & 4
                         Sermon Series:
                    “How We Live Matters”

Pastor Jeff Gullacher
        November 25, 2007                                                3. Take the risk of _____________________ _________________ to God

       “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come          “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the
       after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and          Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family
       follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but   will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal
       whoever loses his life for me will find it.”                      position for such a time as this?”        - Esther 4:14
                                                 - Matthew 16:24-25
                                                                         “…When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against
                                                                         the law. And if I perish, I perish.”   - Esther 4:16
1. There is risk in _____________________________ yourself with Jesus
                                                                         “If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the
“Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply.               opposition we now face will surely fail. We will win our freedom
Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s             because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of
behaviour would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a              God are embodied in our echoing demands.”
Jew.” - Esther 3:4                                                                                                        - Martin Luther King

      God loves his people

      Where there is a people of God, there are ________________
       of God.

      Our lives can be mediocre, but God can surprise us!

2. Take risks in expressing your ___________________________.

“When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his
clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city,
wailing loudly and bitterly.” - Esther 4:1

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