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in Daniel

Daniel 6 – 4th June, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 6
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the text? How are they described?
  4. What happens?
  5. What kind of texts are included in this chapter? (Narrative, Poetry, Letter)

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why did the high officials want to find fault with Daniel?
  2. Why would an injunction to pray to Darius be made? (There may be multiple reasons)
    1. What might that communicate about their view of Darius?
  3. Why do you think Daniel prays the way he does? 
  4. Why does the narrator tells us about Darius's distress at the prospect of Daniel's death?
  5. How would this story inspire those in exile?
  6. How does this story point to the gospel of Jesus Christ? (There are many ways! Spend time thinking of how this story is reflected in the life of Jesus)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does Daniel's example, in the light of Christ, inspire us to live today? 
  2. How do the truths of this passage inspire us to remain faithful to God and not compromise in the face of opposition and even death?
  3. How does it apply to us as a church? How can we together remain faithful to the Lord until our final deliverance?

Psalm 40 - 28th May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Psalm 40
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. Who is mentioned in the psalm?
  4. How are they described?
    1. Their situations
    2. Their character
    3. Their responses

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. What do we learn about David/mankind? (Consider the various characters/groups identified in the Psalm)
  3. Why do you think David says God has not delighted in offerings and not required them (v.6)? Aren't they part of the Mosaic Law? What does he mean? 
  4. Why does David commit to speaking about God's deliverance (v.? Why is this necessary?
  5. What does David need deliverance from?
  6. How does this Psalm relate to the gospel of Jesus Christ?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How might this Psalm comfort you in whatever you face today? 
  2. How does God's help and deliverance in the past affect your view of the future? How does that impact how live now?
  3. How does this psalm apply individually? How does it apply to us as a church?

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