(book of) Daniel

Daniel 5 - “You Knew All This!”: The High Price of No Humility Before the God Who Gives Each Breath

+ Application Questions

  1. When was a time in your life where God gave you a warning or convicted you that you were sinning against him? Did you respond by repentance or did you ignore the warning and face consequences?

  2. God used Daniel to speak difficult truth into Belshazzar’s life - even though Belshazzar didn’t listen. Has there been a time when someone spoke truth that you didn’t want to hear into your life or a time when you had to speak truth into another person’s life?

  3. How should the reality that the Lord judges even the actions of kings impact your daily life? (In the way you prioritize your time, in what you do when nobody is watching, in your interactions with other believers, in your interactions with non-believers, etc.)

Daniel 4 - High Kings, Presidents, Princes, and Sheikhs …and The Most High Who Rules Them All

+ Application Questions

  1. In Daniel 4, Nebuchadnezzar declares to all peoples what the Most High God has done for him. Take time to declare to your small group what the Most High God has done for you.

  2. In Daniel’s culture, people considered dreams to have great significance, and God sometimes used dreams for His glory. Our culture places a lot less significance on dreams, yet sleeplessness is a common problem among Americans. Do you struggle to fall asleep or to stay asleep at night? If so, how can sleeplessness be used for God’s glory?

  3. What is something God has done in your life to humble you? As you were humbled, where threre truths about God that you found joy or comfort in?

  4. Is today’s reminder (that God is able to humble those who walk in pride) convicting you of any pride or sin (which is prideful rebellion) in your life? If so, confess and repent from it. If appropriate, ask your small group to help you be accountable in this area.

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.

John 1:43-51 - Salvation: God’s Calling, Our Confession

+ Application Questions

  1. Of the people who followed Jesus in John 1:35-51, how many were seeking Jesus on their own, and how many were either pointed to Jesus by someone else or called by Jesus himself? What does this tell us about the nature of belief in Christ?

  2. In verse 45, Philip recognizes that Jesus is the fulfillment of old testament prophecies. What are some of the prophecies that Jesus would have fulfilled this early in His ministry?

  3. Read verses 47-49. What do these verses tell you about Jesus? What was it about Jesus that caused Nathanael to believe? (see also verse 50). What truths about Jesus cause you, personally, to believe He is the Son of God?

  4. Read verses 50 and 51. Jesus is referring to an event that took place in Genesis 28:10-17. How do these two passages help us to understand both of them? Who or what is Jesus claiming to be in this passage?