Sermon Bible Study Guides

in Daniel

Daniel 10-12 - 26th November 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 10-12
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. What characters are mentioned?
    1. How are they described?
  4. Do you see any connections to the preceding chapters?
  5. Why has the angel come in 10:12?
  6. How would you summarize these 3 chapters in one sentence?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How do you feel after reading? (Perhaps you feel like Daniel in 12:8)
  2. Why do you think God gave this vision to Daniel?
    1. Do you think that the commands to Daniel to "fear not" and the reminders that he is "greatly loved" affected his understanding? (10:11,12,19)
    2. How so?
  3. What is God's goal for those who would receive Daniel's writings?
  4. What do you learn about life and the afterlife from these chapters? (12:2)
  5. Can you match up these visions with any historical events?
    1. Are there any events yet to happen? (i.e. when Jesus returns?)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from how Daniel responded to the vision? (v. 2, 3, 12)
  2. The kings are described in various ways (11:21)
    1. What are ways that you are tempted towards flattery?
    2. What are ways that you are tempted towards towards contempt or disrespect?
  3. From what happens to the kings and kingdoms in these chapters, how should we think about the rulers and authorities in our own day?
  4. Chapter 12 ends with a promise to Daniel.
    1. What is the meaning of this promise?
    2. How is this promise similar to the inheritance of Christians in 1 Peter 1:3-5?
in Acts

Acts 25:1-26:32 - 1st October 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Acts 25:1-26:32
  2. What characters are mentioned?
  3. What are repeated words/phrases?
  4. Why did the Jewish leaders want Paul to stand trial in Jerusalem?
  5. What is Festus' reaction to Paul's speech? What about King Agrippa's reaction?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is similar between Festus & Felix (from chapter 24)?
  2. Why do the Jews continue to want to kill Paul? Why do the Romans or Gentiles seem not to?
  3. This is the third time in chapters 22-26 that we hear Paul's testimony.
    1. Why do you think the author, Luke, repeats Paul's testimony again?
    2. Do you notice any differences between this account and the previous ones?
    3. What would you say is the theme of Paul's testimony here?
  4. What did Jesus mean when he told Paul "it is hard for you to kick against the goads" in 26:14?
  5. Do you think that Paul's aim was to convince King Agrippa of his innocence or of the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Paul shares his testimony once again in Acts. How does this challenge you to grow in sharing your own testimony?
    1. What are some benefits of being able to share your personal testimony concisely?
    2. Why do you think it's good or helpful to share about sin and your life before Christ? (like Paul in 26:9-11)
    3. What are some ways you can adjust your testimony based on who is listening?
  2. Paul experiences different responses from Festus and Agrippa. What are some different responses that someone might have to your testimony?
    1. Should that affect what you share? 
    2. Should that affect how you share?
  3. How do you handle situations where you are criticized for what you believe?
    1. How can you learn from Paul's response to King Agrippa in 26:29?

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