Sermon Guide

Scripture Verse

Esther 4:14 – And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

(It might be necessary to give a BRIEF summary of the story of Esther.)

Theme summary

Inside job is a term used to describe an operation or a mission done by or in partnership with a person with direct access to the target. As student believers, God sends us to the campus to do operation: inside job, to do His will inside the campus. Like Esther, God raised her up in a foreign land, from poverty to the king’s palace, so that one day she would rise up to save her people from destruction. How about you? Could God have raised you up in your campus for such a time as this? To reconcile your friends and classmates to Christ and transform your campus?

Key Points

Point#1 – Rise up to fulfill your calling

V. 14, “Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

God raised up Esther to become queen of Persia so that she could save her people from annihilation. Each student who follows Christ have been placed by God in strategic positions to become His agents of transformation in the campus. You are in your campus not by chance, you are there for a purpose–to reconcile students to Christ. Someone already said, “You are not a student who happened to be a Christian but you are Christian who happens to be a student.” So rise up to the role God has given you and make Christ known in your campus.

Point#2 – Rise up above your fears and comfort zone

V. 14a, “If you keep silent at this time …”

The fear of being found out as a Jew threatened Esther to speak out and just keep silent, but Esther risked her life for the salvation of others. We are often tempted to just keep silent about Christ out of fear or out of convenience. But we must overcome our fear and step out of our comfort zone so that others can have a chance to know Christ.

Point#3 – Rise up in power of prayer, the Word and the Holy Spirit

V. 15, “Go, gather together … and fast for me … I will fast as you do … And if I perish, I perish.”

Before Esther executed her risky plan, she enlisted the help of Mordecai and her people to pray and fast for her. As a student missionary sent by God to reclaim your campus for Jesus: Go in the power of prayer – the water that prepares the soil for sowing. Go in the power of the Word of God – the same power that risen Christ from the dead is the same power that can transform even the worst of sinners. Go in the power of the Spirit – The boldness to proclaim what you have seen and heard.

Conclusion

Jesus did His own inside job, and it’s your turn!

Romans 5:8, “While we were still sinners, Christdied for us.”

Just like in the story of Esther, God, in His full compassion and love towards us did an inside job to save us from eternal death. From God’s heavenly kingdom, He sent His one and only Son to penetrate our world. He came to this world unnoticed, but God raised Him up in the right time, to seek and save the lost, even to the point of death (Philippians 2:6-11). He was killed, but He rose again by the power of God. And now He sends us to continue what He started (Matthew 28:18-20).

This school year is the year of salvation for your friends and classmates. This is the year of transformation in your campus. Rise up for such a time as this!

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