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 Daniel

Daniel 3 - 20th, February 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 3
  2. Who are the characters? What places are mentioned?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. What does the king make in v. 1?
  5. What does the king command in vv. 2–7?
  6. What do the Chaldeans accuse the Jews of?
  7. How does the king respond in vv. 13–15?
  8. How do Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the king's command in vv. 16–18?
    1. What happens to the three Jews?
    2. How does the king respond?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What connections are there with chapter 1 and 2?
  2. How is King Nebuchadnezzar contrasted with God?
  3. Why is it significant that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego don't bow down and worship the golden image?
  4. Contrast King Nebuchadnezzar's decree in vv. 5–6 and in v. 29.
    1. Why the change?
  5. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  6. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In v. 7 "all the peoples" bowed down and worshiped. How are you tempted to follow the crowd when it could be sin?
  2. While most of us aren't tempted to bow down to physical idols, how are we tempted to worship other 'gods'?
    1. How can we resolve, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to worship God alone?
  3. In trials and persecution, how do help others trust God?