Summary: Esther became an extraordinary woman of faith because she responded to the call on her life to become an intermediary for the people of Israel. She is a Bible faith hero because she was teachable, she knew when to call on God for His help, she became cou
Opening thoughts to the series: “Extraordinary women of faith”
Thesis of Series: Extraordinary is defined as very unusual or remarkable – not ordinary or normal! Yes, the opposite of extraordinary is normal! We were created by God to live and do extraordinary things in our lives with His power and presence.
Scripture Verse for series: 1 Cor. 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
John Bevere states this from his book Extraordinary, “These words paint a picture of an unimaginable and extraordinary existence, one far beyond what any mere mortal has known or experienced. You may have heard these words before and related them only to heaven’s glory. But in actuality, they are penned for the here and now! For the writer, the apostle Paul, continues, “But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit” (verse 10).
We will be looking at the power of a person’s extraordinary story! A person’s life can make a difference in the eternal realm of God as they live their life story in tandem with the Lord’s will for their life. We all need to choose to live extraordinary lives for the Kingdom of Heaven!
Bevere adds, “There’s One person above all others who desires an extraordinary life for you. He is the Father who delights, like any good father, in the achievement and happiness of His children. His name is God! And nothing will please Him more than seeing you reach your highest potential. God’s extraordinary plan is revealed when we live extraordinary. Together let’s give the angels something to talk about! (Page 1).
The thought: Do you want Heaven, history talking about you – do want angels conversing about your extraordinary life of faith – then open your hearts – ask God to make your life extraordinary! The truth is God not only desires you to live and extraordinary life but He has equipped and designed you to live an extraordinary life.
Story illustration: Share about visiting West Point last week and all the famous stories you heard from the tour guide: these stories stirred my soul – these stories of famous people spoke to me that I too could live an extraordinary life for God and make a difference!
http://www.whatsyourstoryonline.com/: Quote: Stories are powerful. Stories give meaning to who we are and how we became who we are. Stories help us understand how life happens, and they give value to our experiences. Some of the most powerful testimonies to Christian faith come not from lists of accepted doctrinal beliefs (though they’re important) nor from recitations of biblical principles (also important), but from the enlivened re-telling of how God has acted, overtly or covertly, in each of our lives.
The Bible teaches us that God can use us to make a difference for eternity in an extraordinary way if we let Him.
Today we are going to look at a couple of women, one you may have heard about from the Bible her name is Esther. We will learn more of Esther’s story in moment. But there is another extraordinary woman whose name is Bethany Hamilton (a soul surfer) who I would like to introduce or reintroduce you to today. She is a current day extraordinary woman of the faith.