Daniel

Daniel 3 - ‘We Will NOT Serve Your Gods’: The Christian Manifesto When Everyone Else is Doing It

+ Application Questions

  1. In Daniel chapter 3, King Nebuchadnezzar proclaims that everyone must worship the image that he set up. What are some “images” that our culture sets up and encourages us to worship today?

  2. The inclusion of the instruments and music (vs 5, 7, 10, 15) likely would have created a strong emotional compulsion to worship the image Nebuchadnezzar had set up. What things do you allow into your own life that impact your emotions? What emotions are you spending the most time nurturing and do they foster a focus on self or on Christ?

  3. We see in v 16-18, and ultimately in v 28, that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s faith in the midst of persecution brought glory to God in the end. How have your own responses to trials or persecutions brought glory to God or drawn attention to yourself?

  4. While the previous questions have focused on our response to images set up by the world, what are some images you have set up in your own life - things you’ve done or are doing to bring glory to yourself? Pray that God would reveal those things to you and repent from them.

Daniel 2 - The Best the World Has to Offer, the God Who Reveals Mysteries, and the Forever Stone Kingdom

+ Application Questions

  1. In Daniel chapter 2, king Nebuchadnezzar seeks wisdom from all different sources before finding them inferior to the wisdom of God. What sources do you go to for wisdom? Are they sources of earthly wisdom or godly wisdom?

  2. Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream shows the power of God’s kingdom over all the kingdoms of the world. This is a good reminder to us that our hope is in an eternal kingdom, and not in the leaders of this world. What are some examples of people putting their hope in politics or worldly leaders, and what are some examples of people allowing political happenings to cause fear or anxiety? Have you ever found yourself putting hope in politics or being anxious because of political happenings?

  3. Take time to write down characteristics of God that encourage you to place your hope in Him and cast your anxieties on Him. Then, use your list as a guide to pray a prayer of praise to God, exalting Him for who He is.

Daniel 1 - God, Are You Still There?: Loss, Favor, and Learning in Exile

+ Application Questions

  1. In Daniel 1:1-2, a pagan king captures God’s chosen people and loots God’s temple. What doubts or questions might have been in the minds of God’s people during this circumstance? Have there been circumstances in your life that caused you to doubt God’s power or goodness?

  2. Look at who is doing the action in Daniel 1, verses 2, 9, and 17. What does this tell you about God’s involvement in our lives? How might this be a comfort in circumstances like the ones mentioned in question 1?

  3. Like Daniel, we are living in a land that is not our home. In what ways do you feel the pressures of this most in your life? Consider memorizing Romans 12:1-2 to help in this area.

  4. Have you had a time when you were asked by a boss or supervisor to do something you knew would be displeasing to God? How did you respond?

  5. Daniel 1:17 serves as a good reminder that any learning, skill, or wisdom we have is a gift from God. What impact should that truth have on the way we talk about our abilities and how we use our skills? How does this truth impact the way you view accomplishments that you’ve worked hard for?