Sermon Bible Study Guides

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?
in James

James 2:14–26 - 5th December, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 2:14–26
  2. What are repeated words/phrases?
  3. How many questions are asked?
  4. Who is mentioned?
  5. What illustrations/examples are given?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Read James 1:16–25
    1. How is hearing/doing the word connected to faith/works?
    2. What causes faith in 1:18?
  2. Why does James use the example of a poor brother or sister being mistreated in vv. 15–16?
  3. How is faith without works similar to the belief of demons in vv. 18–19?
  4. Why does James use Abraham and Rahab as examples?
  5. Since the Bible is multiple books with multiple authors and also one book with one author, how are Paul and James in agreement with their teachings on justification, works, and faith?
    1. Read Rom. 1:5; Gal. 5:6; Rom. 3:28; Rom. 4:1–8
  6. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can you assess your own faith and examine if it is saving faith or dead faith?
    1. Why should we be doing this for ourselves?
  2. How can you help other Christians assess their faith and examine if it is saving or dead faith?
    1. Why should we doing this for one another?
  3. How do you treat poor Christians?
    1. Why is this a sign of if you are a true Christian or not?

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