Sermon Bible Study Guides

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 Daniel

Daniel 1 - 21st November, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 1 
  2. Who is mentioned in the passage?
  3. When/Where does the passage take place?
  4. Who is the king? 
    • What does the king require of Daniel and his friends?
    • How does Daniel respond?
  5. What does God do in the passage?
  6. What happens to Daniel and his friends?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did God allow Daniel and his friends to be taken to Babylon?
  2. Why wouldn't Daniel and his friends receive the kings food or drink?
  3. How are Daniel and his friends set apart?
  4. How does our understanding of the gospel shape this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How are you tempted to succumb to the pressures of the world?
    1. How are you helping other church members fight temptations to be like the world?
  2. How does God's faithfulness fuel your faithfulness?
  3. How are you tempted to fear man?
    1. How do other church members help you fight temptations to fear man?
  4. What areas of your life are you being unfaithful in?
    1. How do you need to resolve today to repent and be faithful?