Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Daniel

Daniel 4 - 27th, February 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 4
  2. Who are the characters? What places are mentioned?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. Who does the king address in v. 1?
  5. How is God described in this chapter? (v. 2-3, 17, 25, 32, 34-35, 37)
  6. What is Daniel’s counsel to the king in v. 27?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What connections are there with chapters 1, 2, or 3?
  2. Would you categorize this chapter as a narrative, a speech, a letter, or something else?
    1. Does this affect how we should read it?
  3. How is Daniel’s interpretation in v. 24-27 connected to his counsel in v. 27?
    • Will doing righteous deeds make the king righteous before God?
  4. What themes or ideas in this passage relate to the gospel and how so?
  5. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. While none of us are as powerful or rich as King Nebuchadnezzar, what are some things that we are tempted to be prideful of?
    • Who can you confess that pride to?
    • What steps can we take to grow in humility?
  2. Have you ever been in a position similar to Daniel, to say something true even if the other person might not like it?
    • How does this passage motivate you to speak the truth in love?
  1. How does this passage offer comfort regarding governing authorities?
  2. How can you apply these things to your life this week? How might your life look different in your home, work, and relationships?
in Luke

Luke 1:46-55 - December 15th 2017

Mary’s Song of Praise

Read Luke 1:46-55

  1. How does Mary describe God in this song of praise? (Look at names, titles, and descriptions)
  2. Why does Mary praise God? What has God done for her?
  3. How has God treated different kinds of people in this song?
  4. Why does God treat them differently?
    1. What is God’s posture towards different people any why? (Look for repeated words, ideas, or themes)
  5. Why has God acted to help Israel?
  6. How does that relate to us as the church? (Consider Gen. 12:1-3 - Abrahamic Covenant, and Gal. 3:27-29)
  7. How does the birth of Jesus show God’s mercy to us?

Application:

  1. What does Mary model for us?
  2. What kind of people does the Lord bless?
    1. How can we cultivate this?
  3. What kind of people does the Lord oppose?
    1. How can we fight this?

 

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