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in Daniel

Daniel 2 - 28th November, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 2
  2. What does the king command? What is unusual about his request?
  3. How do all the Chaldean "wisemen" respond?
  4. How do Daniel and his friends respond? 
    1. What does he request?
    2. What happens?
    3. What does Daniel praise God for?
  5. What does Daniel tell the king?
    1. Who does Daniel give credit to?
    2. Describe the dream and its interpretation.
  6. How does the king respond?
    1. What does he say?
    2. What does he do?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What connections are there with chapter 1?
    1. Consider similarities and contrasts.
  2. Why was Nebuchadnezzar troubled by his dream?
    1. Why does he not want to tell his dream?
  3. What do the Chaldean "wisemen" conclude? What does this highlight for the reader?
  4. What do Daniel's actions and words tell us about him?
  5. What do we learn about God in this text?
    1. What are some key verses which emphasize this?
  6. What is the mystery God reveals and how does it connect with the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can you praise God in light of the passage?
  2. How does the knowledge of these truths about God affect our view of the people and circumstances of our lives? (Consider the people/circumstances that the original readers faced)
  3. What can we learn from Daniel's example?
in James

James 2:1–13 - 7th November, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 2:1-13 
  2. Who is addressed and mentioned in the passage?
    1. How does James describe them?
  3. What questions does James ask?
  4. What commands are given?
    1. What reasons are given for the commands? What conclusions are drawn?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is wrong with "making distinctions" or "showing partiality" between rich and poor? 
  2. How has "God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom" (v.5)? What does that mean?
  3. Who are the rich and the poor?
  4. What is the royal law? What is the law of liberty?
    1. What is required?
  5. How are judgment and mercy connected? Who will receive judgment without mercy according to this passage?
  6. What sections do you see in this passage? How would you summarize them? How are they connected?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How and to whom are you tempted to show partiality? Why?
    1. Who do you show favoritism toward, and/or who do you look down upon or avoid? (Spend time confessing and repenting of this!)
  2. How does the gospel confront the sin of partiality? How does "holding our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory" (v.1) empower us to "show no partiality"? 

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