First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake
These are sermon notes for our morning service on August 5. 2018
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake
    5801 SW 120th Ave, Miami, FL 33183, USA
    Sunday 9:15 AM
Vacation Bible School - Conclusion
Wednesday, August 8, 7:00 PM
The VBS children will share with the adults and then we will join them for a time of fellowship. VBS children will meet in the gym.
Taco Fellowship
Sunday Evening, August 5
Join us for tacos following the evening service. Singles bring chips, families bring a dessert.
August 8 - Meeting for all AWANA workers in the cafateria at 7:00 PM
August 8 – Registration for church children following VBS program
August 15 – Open Registration and 2018 Kick-off
Ladies Conference
September 28-29
Already much planning has gone into this event. This year’s conference will be refreshing and recharging. Registration is open and due by July 15. Pick up a brochure in the lobby.
Probably one of the most celebrated Jews mentioned in the Bible was Mordecai, who sat in the gateway of Shushan, the capital city of the Persian empire.
Mordecai encouraged the young queen to stand up for the Jews when their very existence was threatened.
Our story of Mordecai begins with “a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai.” He was of the tribe of Benjamin.
- His family had been swept off during the second of the Babylonian invasions.
- Mordecai tried to figure out how to be a good Jew and a good citizen in Persia.
- In verse 7 Mordecai adopted his cousin, Hadassah: "And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter" Mordecai, who was older, played a fatherly role.
- Her Hebrew name is derived from the Hebrew word hadas, or a myrtle tree. Her Persian name, Esther, possibly means, "star."
- She was attractive: beautiful figure, beautiful face, she had both: complete package.
- Good looks are the result of the creative handy work of God.
- Mordecai learned to be a good Christian in an environment that didn’t believe.
- Because of the story of Mordecai and Esther God restored and preserved a people in the midst of an alien environment so that they might be a witness for His name.
Five Lessons from the Leadership Life of Mordecai
1. He was prepared to inconvenience himself
Mordecai was willing to be inconvenienced and feel uncomfortable to save a generation.
2. He had great wisdom and wanted to do right
Mordecai instructed Esther not to reveal her background.
3. He would not compromise
Chapter 3 tells us that Mordecai would not bow down to Haman!
4. He was willing to risk what was dearest to him
In Chapter 4, Mordecai encouraged Esther to go to the king on behalf of the people. This meant that he could potentially have lost Esther.
5. He cared deeply about people
This has to be Mordecai’s defining purpose: Esther 10:3.

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