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Pride Before The Fall

06/16/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Book of Esther

Summary: Two main characters in the story of Esther are filled with pride which leads them to actions that undermine their futures and threaten the very survival of an entire race of people. The consequences of their pride includes their downfall. But pride isn’t just a problem facing these men in the Persian empire long ago; it is a problem we face today. The Scriptures provide guidance on how we are to deal with this deadly sin.

Providence? Coincidence?

06/09/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Book of Esther

Summary: The story of Esther is the story of God’s providence. Karen Jobes, in her commentary of Esther in The NIV Application Commentary, writes: “When we speak of God’s providence, we mean that God, in some invisible and inscrutable way governs all creatures, actions and circumstances through the normal and the ordinary course of human life, without the intervention of the miraculous.” God uses our decisions and actions and those of others to bring about his divine will and purpose.

Esther: An Introduction

06/02/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Book of Esther

Summary: An unknown author wrote the Old Testament book of Esther to explain the events that led to the establishment of Purim as a Jewish festival. There is a literary device that is prominent in this fascinating book. It is called peripety. Peripety is a term used to refer to a sudden turn of events that reverses the expected outcome of a story. This message is an overview of the book and its key characters. We also see that peripety is prevalent in God’s redemptive story – God rewrites the human story; through faith in Christ, he rewrites your story, and he reverses the expected, and we might add – deserved, ending.