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 Acts

Acts 12 - 13th February, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 12:1–25 
  2. Who is mentioned?
  3. What happens?
    1. Who does what?
    2. How is it described?
    3. Are reasons given?
  4. Look for repeated words, phrases, ideas.

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is significant about the timing of these things? (v.3b, 4)
  2. Does this story connect with any others? How so?
  3. Why does James' death please the Jews? 
  4. What's significant about the description of Peter's imprisonment and release? What do the details of the description emphasize?
  5. What significance does Herod's actions and ultimately his death show?
  6. What does it mean that "the word of God increased and multiplied"? Why do you think it is stated this way?
  7. What themes or ideas in this passage relate to the gospel and how so?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What do we learn about God from this passage?
  2. What can we learn from the various examples in this passage? [Consider both positive and negative examples]
  3. What does it look like to "give God the glory" (v. 23)?
  4. How can you apply these things to your life this week? How might your life look different in your home, work, and relationships?

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