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Junction (Year 10+)

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Junction (Year 10+)

Too cool for Sunday School? Join us at the Junction for a more interactive approach to reading your Bible and getting closer to God. Meet other young Christians and really get into the activities that matter most. All of our staff are DBS checked.

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Prayer Triplets

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Have you committed to a prayer triplet yet?

Being a member of a prayer triplet is a helpful way to gain support and accountability from each other.

We want to encourage you and the other men of Oasis Christian Centre (OCC) Redditch to meet together in these Triplet Groups – why?

So that you can pray regularly for the good things we long to see God do, and to give thanks for what we see Him doing. So that you can pray for each other in areas of weakness or trouble. So that you can regularly pray for people you know who don’t know Jesus. Prayer triplets can meet before or after work once a fortnight, for a short period of time as agreed by the members of the triplet.

The whole idea has Matthew 18:19-20 as a basis: “Again I say unto you that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name there am I in the midst of them.” Jesus encourages us here that when we meet as two or three believers to pray together about matters of importance.

The Original Prayer Triplet?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were friends who prayed. These three lived as a prayer team and they trusted God with their very lives. Were they the original Prayer Triplet? (Their story is told in Daniel 3:1-30) Their loyalty to God was directly challenged to the point of a fiery death. Though faced with a furnace of punishment, this Prayer Triplet remained true. They made it clear that obeying God was even more important than being rescued from the flames. Jesus was with them in the fiery furnace. Your Prayer Triplet may not face the same level of pressure to disobey God, but pressure will come. It may be as subtle as time pressure or peer pressure.

Remember the strength of being in a triplet is Matthew 18:19-20.

THE NUTS & BOLTS…

Prayer Triplet Strategy In summary, this involves three Christian men getting together at least every 2 weeks for about 30 minutes. Each man is asked to pray daily for one another. Each man is asked to pray daily for three non-Christian friends. When you meet: Each man is asked to worship the Lord; just tell the Lord how great He is. Keep it simple:

  • Use a song or psalm you know.
  • Thank Him that He gives you the victory.
  • Thank Him for all He means to you.

Each man is asked to pray for the others, asking God to help them become more like Jesus. Ask that God would meet their specific needs, and ask God to make each a witness for Jesus Christ. Share any other specific requests then pray for each other. Each man is asked to “touch base” with the other men to share how their 3 non-Christian friends are going spiritually. Following the sharing time they pray together specifically for the men they are seeking to see come to faith.

This prayer should “target” issues the non-Christian man is facing.
This prayer should ask for opportunities to share faith with these men in a real, relevant and effective way.

As God answers specific prayer this really builds the faith of the Christians and when the non-Christian man comes to Christ and hears of the role prayer played, he gets excited about prayer and involved in praying for his non-Christian friends.

Finally, each man is asked to pray for spiritual awakening. The whole group should pray for a greater openness toward God:

  • For those in your family.
  • For those in your workplace.
  • For those in town.
  • For those in your nation and throughout the world.

When the 3 of you meet together to pray, you are asking God to change your lives and the lives of 9 of your friends. If that happens you will have the beginning of a spiritual revolution on your lives.

Will you take the challenge?

PURIM – Studying The Book Of Esther – Day 1

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Esther 1

Queen Vashti Deposed
1 This is what happened during the time of Xerxes,[a] the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush[b]: 2 At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa, 3 and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.
4 For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty. 5 When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who were in the citadel of Susa. 6 The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones. 7 Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality. 8 By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink with no restrictions, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.

9 Queen Vashti also gave a banquet for the women in the royal palace of King Xerxes.

10 On the seventh day, when King Xerxes was in high spirits from wine, he commanded the seven eunuchs who served him—Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar and Karkas— 11 to bring before him Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at. 12 But when the attendants delivered the king’s command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.

13 Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times 14 and were closest to the king—Karshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena and Memukan, the seven nobles of Persia and Media who had special access to the king and were highest in the kingdom.

15 “According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?” he asked. “She has not obeyed the command of King Xerxes that the eunuchs have taken to her.”

16 Then Memukan replied in the presence of the king and the nobles, “Queen Vashti has done wrong, not only against the king but also against all the nobles and the peoples of all the provinces of King Xerxes. 17 For the queen’s conduct will become known to all the women, and so they will despise their husbands and say, ‘King Xerxes commanded Queen Vashti to be brought before him, but she would not come.’ 18 This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen’s conduct will respond to all the king’s nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.

19 “Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she. 20 Then when the king’s edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.”

21 The king and his nobles were pleased with this advice, so the king did as Memukan proposed. 22 He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom, to each province in its own script and to each people in their own language, proclaiming that every man should be ruler over his own household, using his native tongue.

Esther 2
Esther Made Queen

1 Later when King Xerxes’ fury had subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what he had decreed about her. 2 Then the king’s personal attendants proposed, “Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. 3 Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful young women into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king’s eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them. 4 Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti.” This advice appealed to the king, and he followed it.
5 Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, 6 who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin[a] king of Judah. 7 Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.

8 When the king’s order and edict had been proclaimed, many young women were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. Esther also was taken to the king’s palace and entrusted to Hegai, who had charge of the harem. 9 She pleased him and won his favor. Immediately he provided her with her beauty treatments and special food. He assigned to her seven female attendants selected from the king’s palace and moved her and her attendants into the best place in the harem.

10 Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so. 11 Every day he walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her.

12 Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. 13 And this is how she would go to the king: Anything she wanted was given her to take with her from the harem to the king’s palace. 14 In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the harem to the care of Shaashgaz, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name.

15 When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. 16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.

17 Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. 18 And the king gave a great banquet, Esther’s banquet, for all his nobles and officials. He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality.

Mordecai Uncovers a Conspiracy
19 When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. 20 But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.
21 During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana[b] and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 22 But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai. 23 And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.

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