Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Daniel

Daniel 5 – 6th March, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read: Daniel 5:1–31
  2. What happened? Who is mentioned? How are the events described?
  3. What do we learn about King Belshazzar?
  4. Who speaks throughout this passage and what do they say?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How does this story connect, compare or contrast with chapter 4?
  2. What themes or ideas are repeated here from the first 4 chapters?
    1. What is new?
  3. Why was Belshazzar so fearful?
  4. What does Belshazzar offer Daniel and why does he refuse?
  5. Why does Daniel recount the story of Nebuchadnezzar (v.18–21)?
  6. What's Daniel's point in his address to Belshazzar (v.22–23)?
    1. What did Belshazzar know?
    2. How should Belshazzar have responded to what he knew about God? What kept him from doing so?
  7. How does Daniel interpret the writing (v.24–28)?
  8. Try to summarize the whole chapter in a sentence or two.
  9. In what ways might this passage connect to the gospel?
    • How is Daniel's message similar to the gospel?
    • How is it different?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do we learn about God and how should that change us?
    1. What's the danger of knowing about God but not responding humbly to God?
    2. How can we avoid this? 
  2. What do we learn about man and sin?
    1. What different sins is Belshazzar guilty of?
    2. How might we be tempted to that kind of sin?
in Jude

Jude- March 2nd 2018

Contending for the Faith

Read Jude 1-16

  1. Who is Jude, according to his introduction?
  2. What did he want to write about?
    1. What is he writing about instead, and why?
  3. What kind of people does he want to warn against?
    1. How would you summarize the images and stories he uses to describe these people?
  4. What will happen to those people who are perverting the grace of God?
    1. How are the perverting the grace of God?
  5. Why does Jude want his readers to be reminded of this?

Application

  1. What can we learn from the contrast between what Jude wanted to write about and what he ended up writing about?
  2. How are the wicked people distorting the gospel? What warning is there for us?
  3. What do the descriptions of these wicked people teach us about how we should think of those who corrupt the gospel? How should or shouldn’t we interact with such people?

Read Jude 17-25

  1. What does Jude want his readers to remember? Why?
  2. How does he encourage them to treat those who are confused by these distorters of the grace of God?
  3. Where does he want them to place their confidence?

Application:

  1. How should we then respond to the reality of ungodly people who claim to follow Jesus?
  2. How should we respond to those who doubt because of these kinds of people?
  3. Overall, how should this letter shape the way we think about the Christian life?