Title: Part 1
Date: March 18-19, 2017
Speaker: Phil Vaughan
How do you respond in crises and when you find your self in place you did not intend to be. The challenge is that we all draw lines that separate us from others. Daniel’s story helps us to thoughtfully consider where those lines are and why we place them where we do. Remember, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, God is still in control.
Passage: Daniel 1:1-19; Jeremiah 29:4-7
· Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt like you did not belong?
· Have you ever been in a place where you felt unsure of how to live our your faith or convictions in a practical way?
· Read Daniel 1:1-19
· For the Hebrew culture someone’s name was very significant and tied to their identity. All four of their names were connected to the their view of God and their new names were all connected to the Babylonian gods. In you opinion, was accepting the new names a compromise on their values or picking what was important to focus on?
· Where did Daniel decide that he would draw the line? (v. 8)
· What helps you decide whether to go along with something or where you will draw the line in relation to your faith and values?
· How you ever experienced someone drawing a line and it created a wall to keep you out? What was that like for you?
· When you draw a line does it feel like a wall to keep others out or an invitation for others to connect in conversation?
· How did Daniel draw the line but invite conversation and connection? (v. 8)
· What are some ways that you could draw a line but remain open to conversation?
· For Daniel, this probably felt like a crises, but we see God working behind the scenes to bring about his purposes and plans. What area in your life do you have a difficult time believing that God is still in control and working behind the scenes?
· Is there an area where you need to surrender control to God?
· What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?
· What will help you remember it?
· Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?