FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
This Sunday, April 23, we will begin a new sermon series titled “For Such a Time as This” from the book of Esther. The book of Esther tells how at one crucial moment in history, God’s promises were kept and experienced not by his miraculous intervention, but through completely ordinary events where God’s work could only be seen and understood through the eyes of faith. It helps us to know, in a world where God can seem absent, he is at work. Therefore, we can live for him, we can be on gospel mission for him, knowing he is at work even if we struggle to see it.
This year our focus from the pulpit has been on our gospel mission, how God calls us to a holy purpose as stewards and witnesses of his gospel. We have seen from the book of 1 Thessalonians how our experience of the gospel should lead us to sound forth the Word of the Lord as we excel all the more to live for Jesus as a kingdom community, until he returns or calls us home. Faithful is who he calls us!
However, we’re called to live on mission for God in a world where increasingly people don’t see him, even as we believers can struggle at times to see him. My prayer over the next several weeks is that the book of Esther will help us to see him and to stay on mission for him, as he called us “for such a time as this.” I hope you will pray the same, for yourself and your fellow church members, and come prepared on Sunday to hear the Word of the Lord.