Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Daniel

Daniel 3 - 20th, February 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 3
  2. Who are the characters? What places are mentioned?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. What does the king make in v. 1?
  5. What does the king command in vv. 2–7?
  6. What do the Chaldeans accuse the Jews of?
  7. How does the king respond in vv. 13–15?
  8. How do Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the king's command in vv. 16–18?
    1. What happens to the three Jews?
    2. How does the king respond?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What connections are there with chapter 1 and 2?
  2. How is King Nebuchadnezzar contrasted with God?
  3. Why is it significant that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego don't bow down and worship the golden image?
  4. Contrast King Nebuchadnezzar's decree in vv. 5–6 and in v. 29.
    1. Why the change?
  5. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  6. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In v. 7 "all the peoples" bowed down and worshiped. How are you tempted to follow the crowd when it could be sin?
  2. While most of us aren't tempted to bow down to physical idols, how are we tempted to worship other 'gods'?
    1. How can we resolve, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to worship God alone?
  3. In trials and persecution, how do help others trust God?
in Acts

Acts 12 - 13th February, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 12:1–25 
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. What happens?
    1. Who does what?
    2. How is it described?
    3. Are reasons given?
  4. Look for repeated words, phrases, ideas.

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is significant about the timing of these things? (v.3b, 4)
  2. Does this story connect with any others? How so?
  3. Why does James' death please the Jews? 
  4. What's significant about the description of Peter's imprisonment and release? What do the details of the description emphasize?
  5. What significance does Herod's actions and ultimately his death show?
  6. What does it mean that "the word of God increased and multiplied"? Why do you think it is stated this way?
  7. What themes or ideas in this passage relate to the gospel and how so?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do we learn about God from this passage?
  2. What can we learn from the various examples in this passage? [Consider both positive and negative examples]
  3. What does it look like to "give God the glory" (v. 23)?
  4. How can you apply these things to your life this week? How might your life look different in your home, work, and relationships?

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