Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Facing the Lions - Crazy Without You (Daniel 4)

Insanity is knowing something is true - and living as though it wasn't.

Icebreaker:
What is something that you used to believe that you now look back on as a “crazy idea?”

Read Daniel 4:1-18
What does this passage reveal about Nebuchadnezzar's situation and mindset?
What happens in the dream?

Read Daniel 4:19-27
By Daniel Chapter 4, Daniel has been in Babylon approximately 23 years using his obedience to God and integrity to build his relationship with King Nebuchadnezzar.
What do you notice about Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar relationship?
What acknowledgment does Nebuchadnezzar need to make if he is to be restored? (vs. 26)
How is that acknowledgment made evident in action? (vs. 27)

Read Daniel 4:28-32
What attitude and statement triggers God’s disciplinary action?
What acknowledgment does Nebuchadnezzar need to make for his sanity to be restored? (vs. 32)

Read Daniel 4:33-37
How is Nebuchadnezzar restored?

Applying God’s Word to Our Lives
Where do you see Nebuchadnezzar’s attitude of verse 30 in culture today?
Pastor Andrew talked about how “insanity is knowing that something is true - but living as though it wasn’t.” How do Christians today sometimes live as “functional atheists?” (Knowing something is true, but living as if it wasn’t?)

How are you going to apply the life lessons of this story? (I.e. truth-telling in a relationship, listening to God, care for the poor, living the way God has called you to, etc.)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Facing The Lions - "Facing the Flames" (Daniel Chapter 3)

The real question is not what you will die from, but what you will live for.

Read Daniel 3:1-7
What is the test? What will happen to those who don't conform?
Read Daniel 3:8-12
Who is accused of not conforming to the worship test?
Who is accusing them?
What might be the accusers' motivation to point them out?
Read Daniel 3:13-18
As Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced the flames, what were the possible outcomes?
Did they know what was going to happen?
What did they do anyway?
Read Daniel 3:19-30
What happened?
Who do you think was with them in the fire?

Applying God’s Word to Our Lives:
What do people worship today?
Where do you sometimes feel the pressure to compromise your faith?
What is at stake for you if you refuse to bow to the pressure?
How might Jesus be joining you in the “fire?”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Facing the Lions - The God Who Shapes History (Daniel 2)

Human kingdoms fall. God's kingdom is forever.

Icebreaker - What is one of the strangest or weirdest dreams you have ever had?

Read Daniel 2:1-11
What challenge does Nebuchadnezzar give his “advisers?” What is at stake for them? Why can’t they give an answer?
Read Daniel 2:12-18
What does the other “advisers” failure mean for Daniel and his friends? How does Daniel inquire into the problem? What does his inquiry reveal about his character? When have you been in a humanly impossible situation?
Read Daniel 2:19-28
What happens? Who is Daniel quick to credit for the answer?
Read Daniel 2:29-45
What is the vision and what does it mean? What is the main point of the vision? (see vs. 44)
Read Daniel 2:46-49
How do things turn out for Daniel?

Applying God’s Word:
Our deepest character and beliefs are revealed by pressure. How have you been shaped by times of pressure?

How does knowing that "human kingdoms will fall but God’s kingdom is forever" change how you live today? Your worries? Your allegiances? Your priorities?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Facing the Lions - You Don't Have To Swallow Everything (Daniel 1)


Digging Deeper:
Read Daniel 1:1-2
What do these verses tell us about the recent experiences of the nation and what the Israelites were going through?
Read Daniel 1:3-6
What are these young men being trained for? How were they selected? What does this tell us about the values of their culture? How are youth, beauty, and intelligence given preference today?
Read Daniel 1:7-16
What was Daniel’s resolve? What did he request? What was the test? How did they pass it?
How does our culture seek to “defile” us today?
Read Daniel 1:17-21
What reputation did Daniel and the others begin building?

Applying God’s Word to Our Lives:
What are some of the challenges and struggles that come as the result of affluence?
How does our culture today compromise or corrupt Christian values through affluence?
What indulgence might God be calling you to say “no” to in order to deepen your faith?

Optional Challenge:
What, if anything, are you going to give up for the next 6 weeks in order to focus more on God?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Deliver Us From Evil - How do We Resist the Enemy?

The armor of God.

A Biblical Overview of Spiritual Warfare

Principle #1. We must be aware of the invisible war.
There is an invisible spiritual war being waged around us.
Key verses: 2 Kings 6:15-19. Daniel 10. Ephesians 6:10-18

We have a defeated, yet still powerful enemy. He slanders, lies, tempts, confuses and divides in order to tear down God’s work and God’s people.
Key verses: Matthew 4:1-11. John 10:10. Luke 11:15.

Our enemy’s names reveal his tactics.
Satan (Adversary) Job 1:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 2:18. Devil (Slanderer) 1 Peter 5:8. Lucifer (Son of the morning) Isaiah 14:12. Beelzebub (lord of the flies) Matthew 12:24. Belial (a false god) 2 Corinthians 6:15. Evil One 1 John 5:19.

Principle #2. We must learn to use God’s protection for daily living.

Key Verses: Ephesians 6:13-17

Am I putting on God’s armor daily? Truth? Righteousness? Readiness to share? Faith? Remembering my salvation through Christ?

Principle #3. We must learn to engage the enemy with supernatural weapons.

Key Verses: Ephesians 6:16-17, James 4:7, Matthew 4:1-11.

God’s Word is our weapon. Where is it written?

God’s truth is always more powerful than our enemy’s lies.

Remember:

We do not fight alone.
We do not fight for victory; we fight from victory.

Recommended Series Resources:
The Invisible War by Chip Ingram

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Deliver Us From Evil - Who is the Devil? What Does He Do?

The second part of a series about the invisible battle around us.

A Biblical Overview of Spiritual Warfare

Principle #1. We must be aware of the invisible war.
There is an invisible spiritual war being waged around us.
Key verses: 2 Kings 6:15-19. Daniel 10. Ephesians 6:10-18

We have a defeated, yet still powerful enemy. He slanders, lies, tempts, confuses and divides in order to tear down God’s work and God’s people.
Key verses: Matthew 4:1-11. John 10:10. Luke 11:15.

Our enemy’s names reveal his tactics.
Satan (Adversary) Job 1:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 2:18. Devil (Slanderer) 1 Peter 5:8. Lucifer (Son of the morning) Isaiah 14:12. Beelzebub (lord of the flies) Matthew 12:24. Belial (a false god) 2 Corinthians 6:15. Evil One 1 John 5:19.

Principle #2. We must learn to use God’s protection for daily living.

Key Verses: Ephesians 6:13-17

Am I putting on God’s armor daily? Truth? Righteousness? Readiness to share? Faith? Remembering my salvation through Christ?

Principle #3. We must learn to engage the enemy with supernatural weapons.

Key Verses: Ephesians 6:16-17, James 4:7, Matthew 4:1-11.

God’s Word is our weapon. Where is it written?

God’s truth is always more powerful than our enemy’s lies.

Remember:

  • We do not fight alone. 
  • We do not fight for victory; we fight from victory.


Recommended Series Resources:
The Invisible War by Chip Ingram

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Deliver Us From Evil - What is "Spiritual Warfare?"

An introduction to the invisible battle around us and how it affects us.

A Biblical Overview of Spiritual Warfare

Principle #1. We must be aware of the invisible war.

There is an invisible spiritual war being waged around us.
Key verses: 2 Kings 6:15-19. Daniel 10. Ephesians 6:10-18

We have a defeated, yet still powerful enemy. He slanders, lies, tempts, confuses and divides in order to tear down God’s work and God’s people.
Key verses: Matthew 4:1-11. John 10:10. Luke 11:15.

Our enemy’s names reveal his tactics.
Satan (Adversary) Job 1:6-7, 1 Thessalonians 2:18. Devil (Slanderer) 1 Peter 5:8. Lucifer (Son of the morning) Isaiah 14:12. Beelzebub (lord of the flies) Matthew 12:24. Belial (a false god) 2 Corinthians 6:15. Evil One 1 John 5:19.

Principle #2. We must learn to appropriate God’s protection for daily living.
Key Verses: Ephesians 6:13-17
Am I putting on God’s armor daily? Truth? Righteousness? Readiness to share? Faith? Remembering my salvation through Christ?

Principle #3. We must learn to engage the enemy with supernatural weapons.
Key Verses: Ephesians 6:16-17, James 4:7, Matthew 4:1-11.
God’s Word is our weapon. Where is it written?
God’s truth is always more powerful than our enemy’s lies.

Remember:
We do not fight alone.
We do not fight for victory; we fight from victory.

Recommended Series Resources:
The Invisible War by Chip Ingram