Exiled-Part IV

Series: Exiled

Title: Part 4

Date: April 8-9, 2017

Speaker: Peter Barber

 

Big Idea:

In spite of all evidence to the contrary, God is still in control. When living as an exile (a stranger in a strange land), we can expect opposition, criticism, and persecution. In this situation, we are face with temptation. Will your circumstances determine your convictions? Or, will your convictions shape your circumstance?

Passage: Daniel 6:1-28

Discuss It:

·       Have you gone through a time in your life when hope was challenged and trusting God was difficult? What happened?

·       Read Daniel 6:1-28

·       What was the only way that the leaders were able to find fault with Daniel? (V. 4-5)

·       What was the decree made by King Darius? (v. 6-7)

·       What did Daniel do when he learned about the decree? (v. 10)

·       What happened to Daniel when put in the lion’s den? (v. 21-22)

·       Have you ever experienced opposition or criticism because of your faith, belief, or conviction? What was that like for you?

·       When are you most tempted to let circumstances determine your convictions?

·       When all evidence is to the contrary, what helps you hold onto the belief that God is still in control?

·       In your own words, what did King Darius say about Daniel’s God? (v. 26-27)

Apply It:

·       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?