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The Courageous Faith of Esther

Title: The Courageous Faith of Esther

As we explore the stories of women in the Bible, we can draw inspiration and examples of how to live out our faith. Today, we will examine the life of Esther, a woman who displayed great courage in the face of danger. Her unwavering faith in God is a powerful example for us all.

1. Esther’s humble beginning: Esther was born in Persia, and her Jewish family had been exiled there. Esther lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her cousin Mordecai. Despite her difficult circumstances, Esther was faithful to God and obedient to her caretaker.

2. Esther’s rise to queen: Esther was chosen to be the queen of Persia, after King Ahasuerus’s previous queen was banished. This was a position of great power and influence, but it also had its challenges. Esther had to navigate the palace politics and the expectations of her new role, all while keeping her Jewish heritage a secret.

3. Esther’s courage: When the wicked and scheming Haman plotted to exterminate all Jews in Persia, Esther was faced with a difficult decision. Should she remain silent and risk the lives of her people, or should she speak out and potentially lose her own life? Esther showed great courage by putting her life on the line and speaking to the king on behalf of her people. She trusted in God, knowing that He would protect her and her people.

4. Esther’s impact: Esther’s act of courage had a profound impact on the nation of Persia. The king was moved by her appeal and ordered Haman to be executed. Esther’s people were saved from certain death, and they celebrated their victory with the feast of Purim. Esther’s faith and courage continue to inspire countless people today.

Esther’s story reminds us that God calls us to be courageous, even in the face of danger. As we face difficulties in our own lives, we can look to Esther’s example and trust in God’s provision and protection. May we find strength and courage in our faith, and may we boldly proclaim the truth and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Possible Viewpont: Evangelical Christian


Esther 4:14
Esther 5:1-3
Esther 7:3-6
Esther 8:3-6
Esther 9:22
Hebrews 11:1-2
Hebrews 11:6
James 2:17-18
1 Peter 3:13-17

Questions for Lesson

1. How does the story of Esther demonstrate the importance of faith and courage in the face of adversity?
2. What can evangelical Christian adults learn from the example of Esther in terms of overcoming fear and standing up for what is right?
3. How does the story of Esther challenge our assumptions about gender roles and the agency of women in biblical times?
4. What lessons can we take from the different responses of the characters in the story of Esther, such as Mordecai, Haman, and King Ahasuerus, to the events that unfold?
5. In what ways do the stories of other women in the Bible, such as Ruth, Mary Magdalene, and Deborah, help to broaden our understanding of what it means to be a faithful follower of God?
6. How does the courage and perseverance shown by these women of the Bible inspire and encourage us in our own walk with the Lord?

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Courageous” by Casting Crowns
2. “I Will Fear No More” by The Afters
3. “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe
4. “Overcomer” by Mandisa

Object Lesson

Title: The Courageous Faith of Esther

Props Needed: a crown, a scepter, a microphone, a mirror, some cards with phrases (like ‘be bold’, ‘trust God’, ‘stand up for what is right’, ‘pray’, ‘take action’, etc.), a dress transformation (like a black cloth and a white dress)

Illustration: Start by introducing Esther as a brave and wise woman who saved her nation from destruction by showing her courageous faith. Show the crown and scepter as symbols of power and authority in the Persian empire, where Esther lived as a queen. Invite a volunteer to come up and hold the crown and scepter, and explain how Esther used her influence to advocate for her people, the Jews, who were facing genocide.

Then, show the microphone as a symbol of communication and ask the volunteer to read aloud some selected cards, one by one, that reflect the qualities of Esther’s faith. Pause after each card and ask the audience to reflect on how they can apply that quality to their own lives. For example, “be bold” may inspire someone to speak up against injustice in their workplace or community; “trust God” may comfort someone who is going through a difficult time and needs to rely on God’s promises; “stand up for what is right” may challenge someone to confront their own biases and prejudices and take a stand for justice and equality.

Next, show the mirror as a symbol of reflection and self-awareness. Ask the volunteer to look into the mirror and describe what they see. Then, wrap them in the black cloth and ask them to look again. Ask the audience what this transformation symbolizes and how it relates to Esther’s story. Explain how Esther had to hide her Jewish identity to become the queen, but later revealed it to the king and risked her own life to save her people. Ask the audience to reflect on how they can overcome their own fears and obstacles to follow their calling and make a difference in the world.

Finally, close with a prayer and a call to action, inviting the audience to follow Esther’s example and live a courageous faith that speaks truth to power, stands up for the oppressed, and trusts in God’s provision.


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